Veterinarians: Build a better you


Books, finances and bad habits to conquer.

I'm especially happy with this issue of Veterinary Economics—a kind of summer project. I'm a sucker for good self-help, and I hope we've delivered some of what you need to make the summer months a time not just of A/Cs, warm-weather ailments and corraling kids—but of inspiration and education.

It all starts on page 20 with Dr. Ernie Ward's five habits to break, not just in veterinary practice, but in life. Starting on page 25 is financial advice for every career stage: new graduate, prospective practice owner and the soon-to-retire. On page 30, Tom McFerson shares his business-minded colleagues' picks for a summer reading list to educate, inspire and entertain. And last but not least, on page 48, Dr. Brad Swift appeals to you to think about who you are as more than a veterinarian—what are your deeply held beliefs and your true goals for life?

Don't feel bad if summer isn't your most fertile time for groundbreaking work on you, your practice or your life. My brain tends to lie fallow when the sun burns too hot, and I wind up yearning for lazy play more than creative work.

If fall's your thing, don't worry: I can guarantee CVC Kansas City Aug. 21 to 26 will get you started on an autumn to remember. How can I make such a guarantee? Because I just saw the raw enthusiasm of packed rooms of veterinarians and team members contemplating all the ways they can improve their practices and themselves in the field and at home at CVC Washington, D.C. And almost all of those same speakers on the business and life balance tracks will be back for Kansas City.

So, squirrel yourself away for an hour or two and enjoy an issue to remember. And tell me how your amazing summer (or autumn) projects this year are working out for you at

Brendan Howard, Editor

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