“I thought it was just a little limp.” When a diagnosis of lameness leads to something more concerning…

Duffy’s owners noted he was limping on his right front leg a few weeks ago. They didn’t give it much consideration at the time. It wasn’t unusual for this handsome and active 9 year-old Golden retriever to tweak a muscle once in a while, and after a few days of rest and prescription anti-inflammatory medication, … Continue reading “I thought it was just a little limp.” When a diagnosis of lameness leads to something more concerning…

And now for something entirely different!

I was invited to write an article for Next Avenue, a national organization that provides news, information and advice for America's over-50 population through the power of media outlets such as their website and a national network of media partners and government and nonprofit allies. The suggested topic was advice on how to spend your money wisely at the veterinarian's … Continue reading And now for something entirely different!

Why does my veterinarian want to run blood work when it “doesn’t tell them anything?”

We’ve all been there. Staring in anticipation at the sharp and shiny needle, poised above our arm, ready to pierce tender skin and withdraw a sample of our blood for some purpose related to our well being. Bloodwork is a fairly routine diagnostic test prescribed by doctors. It’s performed to ensure we’re as healthy on … Continue reading Why does my veterinarian want to run blood work when it “doesn’t tell them anything?”

“What would you do if you could have any job in the world?”

I contemplated the words in my head before uttering them out loud, as I hungrily scooped a large spoonful of homemade chocolate peanut butter ice cream into my mouth. The question was posed on a small plastic card, sticky with the fingerprints of dozens of other ice cream aficionados of years past. Just one of … Continue reading “What would you do if you could have any job in the world?”

I couldn’t do my job without them…

Behind every good veterinarian, there’s an even better veterinary technician. Few veterinarians would disagree with this statement. We know firsthand how hard technicians work and we only barely attempt to understand the struggles they endure on a daily basis. We appreciate how indispensable these individuals are to ensuring that we can do our jobs as … Continue reading I couldn’t do my job without them…

ACVIM Forum 2015

Coming to you straight from Indianapolis, where I'm attending the 2015 ACVIM Forum.   I'll be giving a technician lecture later on this afternoon on "Making Sense of Lymphoma Diagnostics!"   Hope to see you there!