As I do every November, I’ve started thinking a lot about gratitude. I realize this should be top of mind every day. And it is, to some degree. But I’m susceptible to seasonal messaging so I obsess about candy in October, ramp up my gratitude in November, focus on generosity in December, and energize on
“Carpe per diem – seize the check.” – Robin Williams Check out this blog post I wrote for VetPartners and learn more about what gets factored into a relief veterinarian’s fee structure. https://www.vetpartners.org/blog/ Ideas, comments, and questions are always welcome! What goes into your fees as a relief veterinarian? We’d love to hear from you!
Seriously, What’s the Deal? This is what my dog looks like when he sleeps. Mouth agape. Eyes half-open. Checked out. This is similar to how my face looks when I’m trying to understand my insurance policies and where I have coverage lapses. Relief vets who work as true independent contractors (in tax speak, a
Converting Confusion to Clarity in Florida If I had a crystal ball, I would evaluate my future life and based on the upcoming challenges, I would knowledgeably decide which insurance products to purchase, how much coverage I needed, and how much to pay in premiums. That way, I would only spend as much money on
As he finished his 1 minute exam his exact words seared into my brain and are as clear to me today as if they’d just been uttered. “Oh honey, if this is dysplasia I’ll be very happy for you. But in my experience this is cancer. Get dressed and come to my office.” I’d graduated
At 31 years old, you don’t expect the cause of your cough to be a thoracic liposarcoma. In fact, most 31 year olds don’t think that much about being sick or visiting the doctor. Careers are blossoming, families are being planned, and travels are being anticipated. Dinner party conversations never veer to discussions of disability
The notification vibrates my phone. “We met at a conference and I’m writing to inquire about relief coverage. I haven’t had a vacation in over 3 years.” Although this is text communication, I can feel the emotion behind the request. Because I’ve been there. Giving so much of myself to support my clients and patients.
I just finished reading a New York Times article on chronotypes. In other words, your natural biological clock. Your innate sleep / wake cycle. Studies have shown that this hard wired mechanism dictates when you are most alert, active, and creative and when your body insists that you must wind down, sleep, and recharge your
It was a combination of unpleasant smells I’d oddly grown to love. Heavy cream, dead fish, rubber, poop. I’d just finished blending cream, whole frozen fish, and vitamins in industrial sized blenders then loading the shakes into giant syringes. Working at a marine mammal rehabilitation center, my fellow volunteers and I tube fed elephant seal
Many relief vets set the charge for their services by finding out what the going rate is in their area. This is certainly a quick and easy way to decide on your fees and to make sure that you aren’t over or under charging. However, this information may be difficult to find if you don’t