The dark side of the human-animal bond

Did you know Luke Skywalker liked animals? Apparently, he had a dog. He also apparently massacred womp rats like it was no big deal… And just like Luke, life as a veterinary student involves animals, a light side, and a dark side. Animals necessarily interact with people, either as pets, a food source, or in…

Reaching back and saying thanks

Merry Monday!   Say ‘thank you’ to someone who helped you get where you are today     It is very edifying to take time to reflect on the past, to recall what you are grateful for, and to reach out and connect with another person. To do all three at once must be awesome.…

On Servant Leadership

In fall 2014, I attended the yearly Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association Convention. There were talks on various topics in veterinary medicine: small animal surgery, equine medicine, and a lot of dairy. There was also an all-day session planned especially for students. This session was led by Tom Thibodeau on the topic of “servant leadership”. What…

A Third Face

Dr. Andy Roark recently wrote about the importance of having a “third place”, a location where you live that is not home or work. This may be your favorite restaurant, where you play basketball, or a community organization. The idea is having such a place will get rid of the back and forth tug-of-war produced…

Loss & Gain [Shared Experience]

Hey folks. Here is the first post in (hopefully) what will be a long chain of people who want to share their experiences with their classmates. Feel free to comment offering support, words of wisdom, etc…. The purpose of this blog is to be open and supportive, so lets get to doing that. If this…