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Bad Employees, Rude Clients and Restorative Sleep

Opening Shots

Opening Shots columnist Dr. Ernie Ward answers your questions.

Q: I’m a manager who feels stuck with a poor staff. We need to fire a couple of employees because of chronic complaints from customers and co-workers. I’ve been running help-wanted ads, but no one responds. Our morale is down, and I’m now worried I might lose some good employees. I’m stressed and don’t know […]


How to Cultivate a Happier Workplace

Go With the Flow

The psychological health and safety of all employees should be as important as productivity.

Our colleague Dr. Bill Kearley tells the story of how, as a young bovine practitioner, he was introduced to the concept of production medicine while attending his first AABP conference. Production medicine involves veterinarians applying a wide array of knowledge and skills to herd management with the aim of optimizing animal health and welfare, production […]


Why We Join

Local, state and national associations stand up for their members and advocate for the profession at large.

One of the things I missed most after I graduated from Penn Vet in 2013 was the support and camaraderie of peers who had gone through the same rigorous academic training as me. As an early-career veterinarian, I faced an immense student debt load, a steep learning curve in daily practice, and the challenge of […]