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Why does it always seem like we are supposed to know everything?

Posted in Our Community @ Jul 9th 2015 - By Dr Ilana Mendels, Director VetPrac
Why Does It Always Seem Like Were Supposed To Know Everything

This blog post was first published on LinkedIn Pulse 1.07.2015

Someone tells us something and we feel silly for not having that information already at the front of our mind.

Often we are discussing a case, and a colleague mentions an element of veterinary science which, after it's said, seems obvious and a basic fact from uni... 

And in that moment of telling we are caught between 2 thoughts: The first which defensively says "I KNEW THAT, I'm not stupid" and the second which says "Why didn't I think of that? Maybe I am stupid" 

Here is the point of consideration and reason. It is in this part of our minds where mastery is formed and a bridge between learning and doing is built, because the fusion of thought and action in life is vital and veterinarians are at the pinnacle of both.

We are the guardians of health for those who can not speak and our sense of responsibility towards that is deep. So when we fail ourselves, when we are unable to have the answers we sadden. 

But the beauty of our profession is we are all in the same boat.

Everyone wants to do a good job, everyone wants to see animals be well. Sometimes we get corrupted by external pressures and some of those pressures are very damaging to us making us feel like we can not escape. 

The trap of being told what to do can only be avoided by embracing a sense of curiosity about why you need to do what you are being asked. Instead of feeling the pressure to give a steroid injection into a joint, or put a horse on Bute for 14 days - we can invite clients to be curious with us and offer nerve block assessments. And when they rebuff with cost constraints, we can consider that option as merely a further invitation of curiosity about what's so important about doing a good job - and why it's so hard when the guy down the road just got better with a "shot"... Because the coolest thing about our job is the variety of what seems familiar.

If we can take a little bit of time to both master our core skills and invite our clients to appreciate what they are worth, we can obtain deep satisfaction in our work. 

For many of us our work is our life, and it makes a difference to the lives of others. 

This August we have 2 amazing workshops that focus on mastering skills. 

The Equine Nerve Blocks and Lameness Workshop sounds lame (excuse the pun) but it will give anyone who has failed at a lameness diagnosis a more accurate framework to approach cases and build confidence with clients. The educators are dynamic, warm and focused on ensuring you succeed with your skills. If you'd like to register click here.

The Surgical Wound Management Workshop is not only about sutures and wound healing, we focus on decision making in oncologic surgery of the skin and you will be amazed at what you feel comfortable doing by the end of it. Click here to register and take advantage of our early bird special!

I hope to see you there or at any of our other upcoming workshops. We are all in it together, and I love growing my skills with you. 

About Ilana

Since graduating from the University of Sydney, Dr Ilana Mendels has worked in a variety of veterinary practices as well as a locum in England. Throughout her experiences, Dr Mendels became aware of the “isolation” a vet can feel, particularly in a rural community, when things get busy or times get tough. 

 In September 2009, Dr Mendels founded VetPrac to meet the professional and social needs of registered veterinary surgeons interested in provided quality services to their clients. VetPrac workshops have provided practical training for over 300 vets.

Click here to visit the VetPrac Page in the Vetanswers Business Directory

 

Comments

Liz @ Jul 20th 2015 3:55pm
ooh.... I love the phrase "invite the client to be curious with us".

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