If you are a veterinarian, chances are, you’re passionate about animals and know the importance of honing your clinical skills. While your passion for taking care of animals and keeping them healthy is perhaps the most significant skill you need to possess to have a good veterinary practice, it is equally important to know continue to learn new veterinary surgical techniques as well as improve on the surgical procedures that you are offering to your patients.
Yes, you need to attend conferences, seminars and workshops to be more confident and efficient as a veterinarian. What are the best practices, aside from keeping your passion for animals alive, to become a successful and reliable Doctor of Veterinary Medicine?
Choose your area of interest.
You may be more interested in dentistry, animal behavior, ophthalmology and surgery, among others. You can focus your continuing education on the area that interests you most and became very proficient and skilled in that topic.
Hone your interpersonal skills.
As a veterinarian, you will deal with different pets and their owners. It is of utmost importance to be aware that these people will be coming from different backgrounds and have different situations. While others will easily understand instructions like giving home medications, there will be those who will need more detailed instructions. A busy schedule can make it easy to overlook these things and difficult to be empathetic with unrealistic clients, which can sometimes seem indifferent and cold. It is important to be sensitive towards pet owners and how they feel towards the medical treatment of their pets.
Do not forget your business skills.
As a veterinarian, you need to have a clinic where you can perform surgical procedures. It is important to keep in mind that aside from providing medical services to animals, you also have a business to run. For you to give your patients the proper care, it is essential to have the necessary equipment and supplies. It is also imperative that you have enough clinic space to accommodate the animals you will be treating. How a clinic looks often reflects the kind of service you deliver.
Enhance your surgical skills.
In addition to reading veterinary journals and keeping yourself well-informed. There are always new trends of treating animals, therefore it’s imperative to have continuing education and practice. You can attend veterinary surgery workshops like our upcoming “Pins Plates & External Fixators in Costa Rica” so you can practice your new veterinary surgical techniques to complement your theoretical knowledge. Moreover, you get to learn new veterinary surgical techniques you can master. Focusing on one specific surgical method before moving on to other techniques is crucial to your development.
Being a doctor of Veterinary Medicine is challenging. At times, it may seem even more daunting. But with your passion for animals and zest for learning new skills, you will be successful in your chosen profession and build a reputation as a great veterinarian.
Interested in one of Focus and Flourish’s veterinary continuing education workshops? They’re held in cities with major international airports in Western (Calgary) and Eastern (Toronto) Canada. The workshops are just a flight away from cities like New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and other cities worldwide.