First Day (and Year) as a Vet Doing High Volume Spay & Neuter Surgery

Upon graduating from veterinary school I started working as a high volume spay & neuter (S/N) surgeon one day per week. This was probably one of the best (and yet scariest) first steps I could have made. When I graduated from veterinary school, I likely had more surgical experience than all of my classmates and Read More …

UC Davis 4th Year Clinics – Community Surgery

Community Surgery is a relatively new rotation at Davis. The idea behind the rotation is to give students the chance to practice their surgical skills so as to enter the job market with more than just 3 surgeries under their belt. The focus is on spay & neuter, but you will probably have 1-2 other Read More …

Cryptorchid Neuter Day!

Cryptorchid is the term that refers to an animal that has one or two testicles that have not descended into the scrotum. It is recommended that these dogs be neutered as testicles that do not descend have a tendency to develop into cancer. While I have seen plenty of these in my years in shelter Read More …

Finding Your Feet As A New Vet

There’s a lot more to get used to after you graduate from veterinary school aside from being called “doctor.” While veterinary school pushes you to think and find your voice, there’s always that safety net of someone overseeing you and essentially double checking you every step of the way. That sort of supervision is nice Read More …

My New Job – Helping Pets Live Longer!

That’s right — I am working to help pets live longer! You may be thinking, as a veterinarian, that should be obvious. But what is my job exactly? I’m currently a spay & neuter surgeon working for a highly reputed animal shelter! So what’s the correlation between my job and helping pets live longer, you Read More …

My New Job – Helping Pets Live Longer!

That’s right — I am working to help pets live longer! You may be thinking, as a veterinarian, that should be obvious. But what is my job exactly? I’m currently a spay & neuter surgeon working for a highly reputed animal shelter! So what’s the correlation between my job and helping pets live longer, you Read More …

Q&A: Non-Traditional Student with an MBA but a LOW GPA from Years Back – Am I On The Right Track?

I have been following your blog since January of this year, shortly after I made the decision to become a Veterinarian. Needless to say, I quit corporate America after 5 years in and dove head first into the ┬ápre-vet curriculum. My undergraduate degree is in photography and like you I photograph any opportunity that comes Read More …

A Proud Moment for the San Francisco SPCA

The San Francisco SPCA has decided to provide free spay and neuter surgery for Pit Bull and Pit Bull mixes indefinitely! Here’s the article. This is excellent news in my opinion. Given that San Francisco is one of those cities that makes sterilization mandatory for these breeds and mixes, the SF/SPCA is doing a service Read More …

Scrubbing in and Assisting in Surgery as a 1st Year Extern

I admit that I pursued an externship at the San Francisco SPCA for the varied caseload and experiences. I was able to see everything from routine appointments to emergencies and shelter medicine. Given that my background is primarily in shelter medicine, I wanted to gain as much exposure to the other aspects of veterinary medicine Read More …

Scrubbing in and Assisting in Surgery as a 1st Year Extern

I admit that I pursued an externship at the San Francisco SPCA for the varied caseload and experiences. I was able to see everything from routine appointments to emergencies and shelter medicine. Given that my background is primarily in shelter medicine, I wanted to gain as much exposure to the other aspects of veterinary medicine Read More …