No renegade veterinarians

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handshakeGeni Wren Ben Schroeder, DVM, says hiring new grads with the right attitude can be tough at times, and both parties need to have similar goals in mind.

“I think eagerness is a good attribute,” says Schroeder, who owns Cedar County Veterinary Services with his wife, Erin Shroeder, DVM, in Hartington, Neb. and Vermillion, S.D.

“Some people are more eager than others to learn and be a useful tool to your practice, and some are waiting for 5:30 to get here and be done.”

There needs to be an eagerness and willingness to work hard, especially the first couple of years out of school. “Face it, you are the bottom of the totem pole and you need to put in your dues before you have credibility. If you can handle that for a couple of years that is important. After that you need to start reaping the benefits of being a veterinarian.”

Schroeder says it’s also important for both sides to be honest and cut their losses when it’s not working out. “If you have been in a practice a couple of months and it isn’t what you thought it was going to be, have a serious talk with the owner. After a little while it’s not better, don’t waste a whole year. Get out and go find where you will fit in.”

He offers the same advice to the practice owner. “If it’s not right or the person should be doing better, let them know right away. You don’t want to sit on an issue or it turns into a festering mess. Getting along with people and personalities is the biggest thing in veterinary medicine. If you can’t get along with our customers and staff, you are in trouble.

“You are part of a team whether you like it or not,” Schroeder notes. “There are not many renegade veterinarians doing it all alone anymore.”

Read an article about Schroeder’s practice in the November 2012 Bovine Veterinarian here.  

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midwest  |  December, 01, 2012 at 06:22 AM

I think that accountablility is one of the biggest things. Being a "renegade" veterinarian is not necessarily by choice but in a smaller practice situation you cannot afford to re-educate some of the new grads to the extent that many of them need to be. Face it some of the herdsmen out there are much better at veterinary medicine than many new graduates are and getting the new graduates up to speed is more and more difficult because they just don't get it that 85 to 90% correct is not a passing grade when it come to pregnancy diagnosis, etc. We also have more and more industry types trying to grab the dollars that they feel we are getting rich off of. The most difficult part of a new graduate is getting them competent and keeping them busy. I have tried many times over the years and in the last 10 years I have come to the conclusion that it just isn't worth it for my practice because I have been unable to attract the right new grad (and I admit that in a smaller practice the right new grad just has too many other options) and I am not going to "settle" for another work in progress. So, I guess I will be the renegade and do it myself.