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An unfair selection process

I graduated from Purdue University in May 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in animal science and a concentration in pre-veterinary medicine. I am currently in my second round of veterinary school applications. I have learned through the application process that it is all politics and is unfair. For Purdue at least, I have learned that […]

We’re not second class

In a distasteful attempt at a rebuttal, Mark Cushing’s response to Liz Hughston’s request to end the poorly performing title creep was demeaning, yet laughable at best. Using belittling terms such as “misguided” and “simple” toward an individual who is more-so qualified than himself proves how little Cushing truly knows about what WE do and […]

Don’t forget nursing’s legacy

I was keenly interested in the editor’s column about the Veterinary Nurse Initiative and in Liz Hughston’s comments. I know this will be an unpopular opinion, but I’m firmly in support of the initiative and RVTs. Certainly the law is clear. No one “owns” these words, but it’s naïve (or extremely cynical) to proceed as […]

Midwestern U doesn’t have a distributive model

I would like to address the article on distributive veterinary education, which mentions Midwestern University [“The Future Has Arrived,” February/March 2019]. Drs. Bob Lester and Jason W. Johnson indicate in their article that Western University offered the first distributive model of veterinary education and that 11 years later “Lincoln Memorial and Midwestern universities tried their […]

A condescending reply

I am a dual-licensed certified veterinary technician in Arizona and registered veterinary technician in Oklahoma who supports Liz Hughston’s Viewpoint [“Stop Using a Non-Existent Title,” April/May 2019]. Mark Cushing’s response to her letter was condescending and did not address her issue. She is stating that in Today’s Veterinary Business we are not called by our […]

Unsung pioneers in veterinary hospice

Thank you for publishing Dr. Natalie Mark’s excellent article “Fearless Through the End” in the February/March 2019 issue. Its emphasis on why and how veterinarians should learn to reduce anxiety and stress during hospice or euthanasia is indeed one of the most important aspects of proper communication with clients. Nonetheless, I did want to bring […]

Stop using a non-existent title

I am writing to ask you to please stop using a title that does not exist in North America to refer to credentialed veterinary staff. In your magazine, the terms “nurse,” “tech” and “assistant” are used with no clear delineation of which staff member the author is referring to, sometimes calling all support staff in […]

You can be part of the student debt solution

It’s a moral imperative. An economic emergency. A life or death issue. The educational loan monster. The veterinary profession’s debt debacle. The challenge that our profession is facing has been described over the past two decades in dozens of ways. “Managing Your Economic Future in Veterinary Medicine” was the title of an American Veterinary Medical […]

Pet health insurance offers peace of mind

The article “Place a Premium on Pet Insurance” [June/July 2018] advising veterinarians on the importance of proactively promoting pet health insurance and the subsequent benefits to patients, clients and practice was clearly well-intended. Unfortunately, the article contained some factual errors and flawed advice to practice managers and veterinarians. I am a former practicing veterinarian with […]

Lost and found

Perhaps letter writer Caroline Morder [“What Dog Shortage?” June/July 2018] does not believe that any dogs go back to their homes from animal shelters. This could reconcile the numbers she questions. We all see pets (usually pups) that are from bottom-of-the-barrel facilities. But as I read “The Looming Dog Shortage” [February/March 2018], there is a […]