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How to make ends meet

As small animal veterinarians we sometime fight to make the ends meet – especially with time. There is a constant demand on our time, an expatiation for us to be better in communication, and still develop our veterinary skills and knowledge.
We see an ever growing competition and and our business have never been changing as much as it is now. We also have to use our valuable time to develop new (and foreign) skills like online markering and social media.
On the same time we want keep the mental balance and be happy with excess energy when we are with family and friends
But there is one good thing: You already have what you need!
You already have what you need to make you feel happy. We just need someone to show us what to focus on.
For example it is said time is our most valable resourche these days, but we all have the same 24 hours everyday. But if we dont’t know how and what to focus on, they can feel wasted.

Striving towards success

I’m striving to find an answard to what make us successfull in our professional life. This is not a pesonal development blog, so I can’t help you with your private life. I also know that you cannot have one without the other. No professional success without personal success
We all diffine our success in our own way, but as small animal veterinarians it will propably be something like:
“Healthy patients, satisfied clients and a fulfilled worklife” plus “a thriving business” if you the manager of one.
But nobody will come and give it to you. You will have to be proactive and go get it for your self.

My journey

First of, let my tell you: I don’t have the success-thing figured out, but I do feel happy most of the time.
I’m veterinarian (DVM) from University of Copenhagen, Denmark from 2008. I started my carrier in at middle sized general practice for companion animals only.
As all human being I make mistankes, but one early in my carrier stand out and have stayed with my.
One afternoon I saw a young frensh bulldog with hairloss around the eyes and ears. At the time I had no clue as what to look for. Most of my interests were ortopedic problems and surgery. Should I look for infektion? Parasites? Allergies?
To find an excuse to get out of the exam room, I plucked out some hair and went for the microscope. Bringing with me a large book with pictures.
And as Danish proverb goes: A blind hen also finds a seed.
“Blind høne finder også korn.”
Sure enough I found Demodex mites. Not surprising to more skilled dermatology experts, but to me it was a win. …or so I thought.
I wasn’t prepared for the storm of questions the owner had. Where did they come from? Are they contagious? Is it hereditary? How long do they live?
Of course i didn’t handle all the answers well. I ended up having to let a more experiensed collegue take over. Better for the patient, but not for me as it was a pretty simple case.
The dog ended up beeing successfully treated for its mites, and the owner was happy again.

What if you don’t know what to ask?

We can’t know everything, and in the beginning (or in areas we don’t have interesset in) we need someone to guide us.
Experts tell us to, ask the the right questions, and the answer is in the historie taking
But what if you don’t know what to ask?
For example in the beginning I didn’t think to ask about GI-signs in my dermatologic patient. Now that I do, I catch much more patients with AFR early in the process.
With worksheets and checklists we can find many more symptoms early. We don’t have to reinvent the wheel in every consultation.
For example the 4 step work sheet to an effektive dermatologic diagnosis will be ready soon.
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