Christy Corp, DVM
September 22, 2015 (published)
Dennis Ngo

Nothing is Routine

“At first it’s all ‘oooh’ and ‘ahhh.’ Then comes the running and the screaming.” I'm paraphrasing one of my favorite lines from the second Jurassic Park movie.

This is how I feel about the word “routine.”

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Like Fish, your Vet Never Leaves School

I’m sitting at a computer at a conference for fish people.

No, it isn’t Aqua Man and his court (though how cool would that be??). This is the annual conference of the International Association of Aquatic Animal Medicine. Yep, an entire educational gathering dedicated to veterinarians and other folks whose patients have fins and flippers.

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The Boneyard - Failing Better

“Goldie doesn’t look right. She’s standing sort of funny.”

It’s odd how a couple of seemingly benign sentences can bring back remembered chills nearly 20 years after the fact.

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I Don't Know

It’s just a three-word sentence, but uttering those words can make you feel like one of the 300 Spartans about to face the thousands of invading Persians at the battle of Thermopylae or like the guy who lets the winning World Cup goal by. For a medical practitioner, saying “I don’t know” sometimes feels like the ultimate declaration of defeat. After all, the doctor is supposed to have all the answers, right?

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The Veterinarian-Client Bond

The phrase “human-animal bond” gets a lot of currency in veterinary medicine as does the acronym-worthy but mouthful-of-marbles-sounding “Veterinary-Client-Patient Relationship.” Yet we almost never hear about the most critical bond and the one that most impacts the success of any veterinary care. The veterinarian-client bond -- yeah, I just left out the patient. Sorry about that, but I’m going to ask Frisky over there to step out of the room for a while.

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