2001-Sat Nov 25 06:36:49 EST 2017
Vetstreet. All rights reserved. Powered by Brightspot.
Vetstreet does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. See Additional Information ›
If you’re like most of my clients, you probably think any veterinarian who has been around for a bit should own her own practice — or part of it, anyway. You’ll assume she has the ambition and the wherewithal to take her skills to the next level — that is, if she’s worth her salt.
Here’s where I confess: My name is Dr. Patty Khuly, and I don’t own a veterinary practice. Not yet, anyway. And, yes, you’re right. Mine is an uncommon career choice for a veterinarian of my age who has been practicing as long and as happily as I have.
To be sure, I don’t have to justify my personal life choices to anyone except myself. Yet I think an explanation might offer you some valuable insight into the inner lives of veterinarians.
It’s true; eschewing practice ownership doesn’t make me feel particularly virtuous or successful as a mid-career veterinarian. And I suspect the same is true of many of my ambitious yet not-yet-practice-owning colleagues. But that’s sometimes how it goes. Here are some factors that have contributed to my nontraditional vet career trajectory:
Like this article? Have a point of view to share? Let us know!
Take our breed quiz to find your next pet.
Bartonella is a type bacteria that can be transmitted to cats, dogs and humans from exposure to infected fleas and…
Want to give your pup yummy, low-calorie treats? We’ve got the skinny on which foods are OK to feed him.
Not sure about food puzzles? Our veterinarian reveals why the payoff for your pet is well worth any extra work.
With these simple dental care tips, you can help keep your canine’s adorable smile shiny and healthy for life.
The friendly and inquisitive LaPerm has an easy-care coat that comes in a variety of colors and patterns.
Check out our collection of more than 250 videos about pet training, animal behavior, dog and cat breeds and more.
Wonder which dog or cat best fits your lifestyle? Our new tool will narrow down more than 300 breeds for you.
If the video doesn't start playing momentarily,
please install the latest version of Flash.
Thank you for subscribing.