Robert M. Miller, DVM
Dr. Miller is an author and a cartoonist, speaker, and Veterinary Medicine Practitioner Advisory Board member from Thousand Oaks, Calif. His thoughts in "Mind Over Miller" are drawn from 32 years as a mixed-animal practitioner.
VETERINARY MEDICINE - Sep 01, 2006
Back when everything was handwritten, we used only a few abbreviations.
VETERINARY MEDICINE - Aug 01, 2006
Now that we are well into the 21st century, forecasts uttered decades ago seem to have become reality. The world population explodes toward seven billion. And most people live in huge cities, thanks to modern technology.
VETERINARY MEDICINE - Jun 01, 2006
In the May issue, I briefly told my mother's life story and related that my grandparents were immigrants. There is more to this story.
VETERINARY MEDICINE - Apr 01, 2006
Dr. Dean Hendrickson, a veterinary surgeon at Colorado State University, is part of a team that has been performing vasectomies on wild elephants in overpopulated South African game reserves. The idea is to sterilize the dominant bulls, which will then breed with the female elephants without impregnating them.
VETERINARY MEDICINE - Mar 01, 2006
When I was a boy, most Americans resided in rural communities. And most of our schoolbooks, probably written in the late 19th century, featured stories about cows, milkmaids, geese, Chicken Little, cornfields, and so on.
VETERINARY MEDICINE - Feb 01, 2006
I don`t watch many of the popular television channels, but one I do enjoy is Animal Planet.
VETERINARY MEDICINE - Jan 01, 2006
The 143rd American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) convention will be held in Honolulu, July 15 through 19. This will be the first time the AVMA has met in Hawaii, and I am pleased.
VETERINARY MEDICINE - Dec 01, 2005
I love dogs. I always have. Interestingly, I've never been bitten by a dog, despite a career in veterinary medicine and jobs in a dog pound, a pet shop, and a kennel.
VETERINARY MEDICINE - Nov 01, 2005
One of the strongest and most destructive human emotions is denial. And in veterinary practice, especially companion-animal practice, we see denial every day.
VETERINARY MEDICINE - Oct 01, 2005
Practitioners are blessed if they have a good sense of humor. The stress, frustration, disappointment, and turmoil of daily practice are greatly mollified when viewed through the prism of humor.
VETERINARY MEDICINE - Sep 01, 2005
One of the peculiarities of medical training is that the students cannot understand which of the myriad diseases they study are commonplace and which are exotic.
VETERINARY MEDICINE - Aug 01, 2005
When I was in college, I spent summer vacations taking tourists on horse pack trips in the Rocky Mountains. During that time, I was asked some incredibly stupid questions. So when I travel, I like to ask tour guides what the dumbest questions they've ever been asked are. The usual response is "You wouldn't believe me!" I always tell them, "Oh, yes, I would."
VETERINARY MEDICINE - Jul 01, 2005
Practice consultants often recommend linking associates' pay to their performance. That is, pay them a percentage of the income they generate. I disagree emphatically. Why? Because it creates a conflict of interest and may influence doctors to run unnecessary tests or even to perform questionable surgical procedures.
VETERINARY MEDICINE - Jun 01, 2005
My father watched me present a credit card to the service station attendant. The Christmas visit to my parents' home in Arizona was over, and I was filling my camper with fuel for the drive back to California. This was in 1972 B.C. (Before Crisis).