I was delighted to find this blog listed in the top fifteen global world blogs this week. I’ve been writing this regularly for over a decade now, using it as a central place to record cases from my life as a vet, discussions about pet related issues, information dissemination about animal topics, plus general life chat (triathlons tend to feature). It’s a labour of love: I enjoy writing it, but it can be difficult to fit it in when life gets busy. So it’s encouraging – at at the same time a bit intimidating – to find that it is in a global listing.
Life has been very busy recently
After working full time as a vet in my own practice for over twenty years, I had recently begun to work fewer hours, spending more time on journalism and other media related activities. Full time practice is exceptionally demanding: you work a ten hour day, full on, with total intellectual and emotional engagement. You deal with trauma, grief and sadness every day. By the end of a full shift, you are spent: you just need to go home and chill out. I had loved that life for a long time, but I had begun to find that I didn’t have the time or energy to do other projects that I really wanted to do. And now that I am in my fifties, I had this sense that I was beginning to run out of years to do stuff. So I took a small step back from clinical practice, engaging great vets to do my full time work, still doing a number of clinics every week, but just not spending every waking hour in the clinic.
Part time vet practice has allowed me to do a more diverse range of other animal-related activities
This has been working well: I’ve found myself loving clinical practice more than ever, while still having time to do other projects behind the scenes.
However more recently, due to staffing complications at my clinic, I have had to go back to full time, full on clinical veterinary practice. Part of me has loved this, while part of me feels frustrated because I have less time and energy to do the other stuff that I enjoy so much.
And one aspect that has taken a hit has been this blog: I have spent less time working on it.
Watch this blog in coming weeks for more activity
I find this blog is one of those extra activities that I have particularly missed, so as part of a mid-busy-time review, I have decided to get back to regular posting again. So please watch this space, and I hope to engage more fully over this coming summer.
Animal welfare, animal health, innovation in the veterinary world, stories from vet practice, podcasts, triathlons, other general life stuff? I hope to populate these pages with more of these topics during the rest of this year.
Thank you for reading this: you folk out there – and the animals in your lives – are what this is all about: spreading good information to you and beyond.