As I’ve written before, the work I do with veterinary students is among the most rewarding of everything I do, professionally or not. I love meeting with students and finding out what’s on their mind. That’s why I’ve so much enjoyed introducing readers to this series of student through my “Three Questions” series.
This time, Rob Loose of the College Veterinary Medicine at North Carolina State University takes a little time to share what’s on his mind.
What drew you to veterinary medicine?
Veterinary medicine was never a snap decision for me. My interest grew as I discovered what I enjoy: learning, problem-solving, and connecting with people. Veterinary medicine is always evolving; there is always an opportunity to learn something new or make a new discovery. Animals can’t talk, and this dynamic requires a new set of clinical problem-solving skills that challenges and excites me when helping improve animal health. We have transitioned from our animals being just pets, to our animals being family members. Helping someone’s family member through a tough time creates bonds that are indescribably strong and important.
Do you think new veterinarians will face different challenges than in previous generations and if so, what are you doing now to meet those challenges?
A challenge all veterinarians face is student loan debt. We are facing the issue with increased business knowledge — I was a treasurer of the NCSU CVM’s chapter of the VBMA in 2012-13 — and planning which not only improves us personally, but also as clinics and as a profession. Additionally, we are in a time with great opportunities with the One Health Initiative. We have the opportunity to connect with other medical professions to synergize new solutions to problems as a community.
Can you tell us one thing about you that would surprise your future veterinary colleagues?
Something that may come as a surprise to my future colleagues is that I love “difficult” clients. Clients have different needs in terms of explanation and reasoning when making medical decisions for their pets. There is a great opportunity to help educate clients and show why we do what we do. Spending a little extra time understanding client needs and expectations can result in a dramatic increase in the quality of care we can provide and client satisfaction. I see every “difficult” client as an opportunity.
Thanks Rob, and we’ll be calling you “Dr. Loose” soon!