Stranger Things

The mental health problem in veterinary medicine is multi-layered. There are aspects at the individual level that must be handled. Individuals have the responsibility to do things to take care of themselves to prevent and treat the symptoms of mental health issues. Institutions have the responsibility to try to reduce the causes of a lot…

The Results are In: Strengths Survey

This is a good time of the year. The semester has ended, and we are taking a quick break before we start our next classes. The seasons have just changed over, and with that, many more changes. Perhaps some of us are gearing up for the New Year and the change that it represents. It…

A fear of failure

Fail fast. Fail often. Fail forward. That’s how you got into veterinary school, right? A series of failures? That’s probably not how you think about it. You probably had a great GPA, lots of relevant experience to put on your resume, and a fine-tuned essay. Any time you did experience failure, and you did because…

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…

Execrate [Shared Experience]

I think that there’s a lot more vet students than we know that feel like this. Commiserate, support, encourage. I can’t do this. This was a stupid fucking idea. I barely had good enough grades to get into this stupid school, I only got called off the waitlist because someone else didn’t have enough money…

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…