A needed update to hospital practice policy:
As the practice has grown phenomenally in the last five years, many changes have taken place. Most notably I very rarely use my mobile clinic as I’ve realized it is more of a burden than a help in the practice of veterinary medicine. When I first started out, I tried to be everything to everybody and offer all of the same services that you would receive in a brick-and-mortar practice. Over time, I’ve realized that I should focus on providing the services that are in demand like multi-pet household preventive care, basic bloodwork, palliative care, pain management, and end-of-life planning. As a result, I’ve had to cut some of the other services out such as emergency work, dental work, surgeries, and radiographs from the practice.
The other snafoo that has come about lately is that I can’t be everywhere all the time. As of July 2015, I will not be seeing any new clients at this time. Of course, I will still travel far to see my wonderful existing clients and pets who have been with me from the beginning. Usually, veterinary medicine naturally slows down in September and December. So I will consider accepting new clients then if I am caught up and am not still feeling overextended. One of the keys to remaining happy and stable in general practice is learning how to gracefully say “no” when you feel overworked. I know too many veterinarians who have burned out because they take on more than they can handle.
Dr. Rachel Roark has been in clinical veterinary practice in Dallas for over 15 years since she graduated in 2000 from Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine.