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Each week I publish the Freewheelin' video Q&A show and each month an episode of Blunt Dissection Podcast. I also publish articles randomly from time to time. 

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July 6, 2017

Veterinary practices nationally are reporting a severe shortage of experienced clinical staff with some vacancies open for longer than 12 months. As a result, many are turning to new graduates to fill the gaps.
 

Now, as the class of 2017 is about the enter the wor...

June 29, 2017

Sometimes when you do as I do and speak, write books, run practices and coach teams it’s easy for people to assume that you are naturally amazing and have mastered all of the skills of business, leadership and life itself.

Though I dearly wish that this were true, sadly...

June 22, 2017

The first of my guests on episode five of the Blunt Dissection podcast is Dr Karen Bradley. Karen has been a vet for over twenty years and, having been inspired while working alongside a group of very strong female leaders early in her career, is now the solo owner of...

June 15, 2017

I recently gave a talk where I asked delegates to tell me about their greatest veterinary hiring challenges, then we problem solved live to help address those issues. In case you missed it, here are the top four challenges and my solutions in summarised form. 
 

The Top...

June 8, 2017

I read a comment on a social media thread that gave me reason to write about the tyranny of choice. Here’s what was posted, “Clients are more questioning of the profession these days, more able to price-compare and the reticence about discussing money is long-gone. Our...

June 1, 2017

18 years ago I graduated as a vet from Glasgow University, Scotland. I was 22 years old and the proud bearer of nine new letters after my name. BVMS, MRCVS. 

Nine years prior I nervously walked into the reception area of a veterinary clinic called "Orr, Duff & Howat" in...

May 25, 2017

On the podcast today I talk with Dr. Sue Ettinger aka “ The Cancer Vet”. Dr Sue is a boarded oncologist and heads up the Oncology Department at the Animal Specialty & Emergency Center in the Hudson Valley, NY.  

She is the co-author of the best-selling book “The Do...

May 18, 2017

Do you want to start every day with insane energy levels and focus, so you get the important stuff done and start creating the life you always wanted? If so, here’s a simple four step formula that I use.

  1. Exercise for at least 15 minutes. Doesn’t matter what you do,...

May 11, 2017

It’s Thursday night and I hope you’ve had a rewarding week so far. This is not going to be a long post today for one reason - I’m absolutely exhausted after presenting at the Vetsure Think Tank 11. 

It was a great fun event and a pleasure to get to know and work wi...

May 4, 2017

I’ve coached a lot of vets to help improve their clinical outcomes from the exam room over the last ten years. One client from a few years back particularly stands out. She was a very experienced doctor who had worked in some good jobs and clearly knew a lot about bein...

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