We have been fortunate in our various equine and companion animal hospitals to have had some excellent summer students working for us over the years. For the past two summers we had 3 students in the same class at the Ontario Veterinary College. In this podcast I speak with Michelle DaCosta, Marisa Markey and Samantha Molson. All are entering 3rd year. I have known Michelle and Samantha for two years and close to five for Marisa so I have noticed a change in them over time in their knowledge of the veterinary profession, and what it will be like in 2 years when they graduate. It’s a pretty sobering discussion for them, yet all of them have excellent ideas on how vet colleges can better prepare students for the profession, and what the three of them will do to seek employment.
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.