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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
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
explanation might offer you some valuable insight into the inner
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
But that’s sometimes how it goes. Here are some factors that have contributed to
my nontraditional vet career trajectory:
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