My commentary as a woman veterinarian began in 1974. At that time, being both a veterinarian and female was difficult and thought to be odd. I have had a lot of crazy and interesting stories that I hope will be dug out of my brain for this new Blog. I hope to entertain and educate the readers with it.
The veterinary profession itself has a long history. It is thought to be at least 250 years old. The first veterinary school was recorded in Lyon France. It is only recently that new beliefs have taken on. Women have only been accepted in the profession in any significant numbers within the past 35 years.
Now women are the majority of students in all the veterinary schools in US. It might be the balance of family and full time practice may interest some women in this growing field.
Presently as a mother of three human kids and the caretaker of 2 Standard Poodles, Geneva and Lili, a cockatoo Saffron, three Guineas and five chickens, I’ve balanced both roles. Because of this profession, I have also had many wonderful animals bless my life. I have learned from each and everyone of them.
Some animals have made such a profound impact on my awareness of many aspects of medicine, that they have opened my eyes to conditions and connections I would have never been aware of if I had not had to suffer with their illness or injury. As I tried to find the best solutions to the medical issue with all my background in medicine, I had to reach out sometimes way out of my box of tools that I had in front of me and search for something that might make a difference. Sometimes it opened a door that found the solution and sometimes it ended with a frustration of how limited our medical knowledge still is in 2011.
My wish is to share my stories of how holistic medicine became truly the more caring direction to treat my patients. Hopefully this new communication method will give both the veterinarians reading this blog, and animal caretakers holistic ways to take better care of their beloved animal family members.
Very few doctors still answer their phones at home. Wouldn’t it be great to help others while using some of the old fashioned and contemporary ways together to keep the doctor, client and patient all in sync? Using Blogs, the Web and social networking we can all work together as a team to make the best decisions always with an open mind and heart.
I have been asked for months and even years to start a blog. With Integrative Medicine and particularly Veterinary Medicine being a hot topic globally it is time for me to start Blogging. What to talk about will come forward as comments or questions from the readers encourage information. I’d also like to welcome our Pro Blogger MASH Geek who will be assisting me with Blogging.