This past weekend I was asked to speak to 107 senior vet students from all across North America on the future of equine veterinary practice. This was part of the Purina Equine Veterinary Conference held every year. I have never seen so many downcast students after I revealed what the current veterinary job market is like in North America. I felt like someone who has just told a kindergarten class that Santa Claus does not exist. Hopefully, it was the isolation of academia that has kept them in the dark. In any case I tried to stress that it was not all doom and gloom and that there are opportunities for new grads. Take a peek at my presentation to see what opportunities are out there. I am eager to hear what others think that new equine vets can do to find a job after graduation.
I created McKee-Pownall Equine Services with my wife, Dr. Melissa McKee, in 2002. Since then we have grown to include 4 equine hospitals. Even as a veterinary student I have had a strong interest in the business side of veterinary practice. I realized that having a strong business foundation in a hospital or clinic will give the framework to hire the best vets and staff and provide the best medical care. You can’t do that if the veterinary owner hates the business side of things or if the veterinary hospital is struggling to pay its bills because of poor financial management.