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Moving into the marketplace? Find a way to differentiate yourself.

Sometimes timing is everything. Veterinary students graduating in the spring of 2008 had their pick of jobs. It was certainly a time of demand exceeding supply. Whether they had an interest in reproduction, lameness or surgery, every grad had several choices. Now graduating students, through no fault of their own, are facing a much tighter job market in all areas. New grads, interns and graduating residents are competing against each other for the same jobs, and there are fewer jobs to go around. It all sounds pretty bleak, but if we look at the demands of equine veterinary practice, we can see there are numerous areas where a job seeker can add value by offering more than what has been the traditional definition of a new veterinarian. It is not enough to be able to float teeth or diagnose and treat for colic. Today’s veterinarian needs flexibility, broad-based technical skills, business and marketing skills, emotional intelligence, and, probably most importantly, excellent communication skills. This sounds daunting, but as we explore this list further, we will see that many veterinary prospects already have many of these abilities, but likely they never thought of them... Continue Reading

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Think your finances are too strapped to set aside money for retirement? Consider this: Assume that on Jan. 1 of each year a $5,000 contribution is made to a retirement savings plan. If implemented at age 25 and continued to age 70, retirement savings would total $1,641,122. Read More

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IDEXX Introduces New RealPCR Diagnostics for Safeguarding Equine Health

Credit: Photo Courtesy Dr. Sharon Spier Pigeon fever abscess.IDEXX Laboratories has introduced new diagnostics for the equine market, including three new RealPCR reproductive panels, the Strangles RealPCR Screen and a RealPCR test for Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis, or pigeon fever. These new diagnostics help equine veterinarians quickly and accurately diagnose individuals or herds and enable them to more proactively manage the health of the horses under their care. These new panels cast a wider net to identify more pathogens, provide better accuracy and produce more rapid results than current tests. "The equine RealPCR tests for reproductive health and pigeon fever and the expanded test option for strangles fill an important void in the diagnostic landscape for equine practitioners," said Christian Leutenegger, head of Molecular Diagnostics at IDEXX. “Abortion in the equine industry is a sensitive topic; it leads to significant financial loss for mare... Continue Reading


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