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The Crisis of Helplessness in Veterinary Medicine

by Cherie T. Buisson, DVM, CHPV Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Veterinarian Originally published on DrAndyRoark.com A recent discussion about online reviews led me to an epiphany. I think much of the mental health crisis in veterinary medicine stems...

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Don’t Be Fooled into Believing You’re Stuck

by Cherie T. Buisson, DVM, CHPV Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Veterinarian Originally published on DrAndyRoark.com After my divorce, I had to trade in a car I really loved for something less expensive. There were several people who would have gone...

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Stop Trying to Make Euthanasia Perfect

Cherie T. Buisson, DVM, CHPV Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Veterinarian Originally published on DrAndyRoark.com Talking with other veterinarians about hospice is something I do every day. I’m in a Facebook group online called Veterinarian Palliative Medicine,...

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Are You Doing These 5 Basics of Self-Care?

by Cherie T. Buisson, DVM, CHPV Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Veterinarian Originally published on DrAndyRoark.com When I have a patient in the hospital, here are my requirements: – They have to have pain control – They have to have food – They...

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Are You a Good Teacher?

Cherie T. Buisson, DVM, CHPV Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Veterinarian Originally published on DrAndyRoark.com Every year at my week-long quilt retreat, I meet up with friends and indulge in my favorite pastime. Even though I am a doctor, and...

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When Stress is Like Cheesecake

by Cherie T. Buisson, DVM, CHPV Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Veterinarian Originally published on DrAndyRoark.com I once ate an entire cheesecake by myself. Not at one sitting……ok, yeah it was in one sitting other than the fact that I got up twice...

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Are You a Boss Who Keeps Employees Safe?

by Cherie T. Buisson, DVM, CHPV Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Veterinarian Originally published on DrAndyRoark.com When I was a baby vet, I worked for a taciturn male veterinarian who never failed to surprise me with his forward thinking. He always...

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My Parents Were Right About These 5 Phrases

by Cherie T. Buisson, DVM, CHPV Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Veterinarian Originally published on DrAndyRoark.com I’m from the south. I was born in Kenner, Louisiana and spent the first 9 years of my life immersed in southern hospitality. My...

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When Getting Stood Up is a Good Thing

by Cherie T. Buisson, DVM, CHPV Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Veterinarian Originally published on DrAndyRoark.com I’m sitting in an empty room at a conference trying to decide if I’m upset that no one showed to hear my lecture. I’m about 90% not...

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Are You Providing Legendary Customer Service?

Cherie T. Buisson, DVM, CHPV Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Veterinarian Originally published on DrAndyRoark.com When I went away to college at Mississippi State University, I was a wreck. I’d never been away from home. Though I fell in love with...

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Why This Seminole Veterinarian Doesn’t Cry At Euthanasias

“I don’t know how you do this. It must be so hard.” Inevitably, a client will say this to me when I come to their home to euthanize their pet. My stock answer (which is completely true) is that I’m a basket case when it comes to losing my own pets, so if I...

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