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Earning more means that you’re charging more. And that can raise a whole host of uncomfortable issues. It’s not that I don’t currently suffer my own daily stresses related to my clients’ inability or unwillingness to pay for their pets’ care, but the stress for me would be a whole lot worse if my services cost thousands instead of hundreds.
Specialists may get lots of interesting cases to tackle, but they also get the sickest patients. Just imagine being a veterinary oncologist. That could be a tough job.
I’m more of a big-picture person. Although I’d love studying for a specialized education, I can't see myself practicing one specialty for the rest of my life, not when I can discuss everything from cutting claws to cancer in the same visit.
In fact, breadth of scope is the main reason that I elected to spend two extra years studying for an MBA. Business is broadening, while increasingly specialized science can be confining. For me, anyway.
Of course, I am by no means dissing specialists. After all, they play a huge role in my ability to provide great care to my patients. I respect them highly for their impressive talents and willingness to do something that I’m not cut out to do myself.
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