This guest post was submitted by The Vetducator, a veterinary professor with more than 20 years’ experience in academia. He has served as a section chief, department chair, director of the internship selection committee, and on numerous faculty search committees. He reads extensively on financial topics, notably the blogs Mr. Money Mustache, White Coat Investor,…Read More
Practicing veterinary medicine feels a lot like you’re playing defense. The patient comes in with a problem. You use your skills to diagnose and treat the problem while taking into account the owner’s finances, owner compliance, and patient compliance. With each step, you are constantly vigilant, ready to respond to forces outside your control. When…Read More
What’s stopping you from achieving your goals?
Time and money are typical answers. These are both limited resources, so not having enough of one or the other (usually both!) are difficult roadblocks to overcome for many of us.
Simplicity. This is what I strive for, with my everyday life and my choices. So back in 2014, when this little book with a long name called “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing” by Marie Kondo became all the rage , I decided to leaf through the pages…Read More
Although I’ve never been a Boy Scout, I love their motto. Be prepared. You really can’t go wrong with this approach in life. We all know that things happen unexpectedly. We find joy in the events that are serendipitous. That penny that we find on the sidewalk? I love those kinds of unexpected finds. How…Read More
I feel like PSLF (Public Service Loan Forgiveness) has been the forgotten loan repayment program on my blog thus far. However, now that we’re getting some news that a small number of borrowers have actually gotten their loans forgiven via PSLF, I thought I would go ahead and highlight this program. What is PSLF? PSLF…Read More
According to the Merck Animal Health Veterinary Wellbeing Study, one of the biggest stressors in a veterinarian’s life is money. One could argue that this is a top stressor for almost anyone, but veterinarians are especially prone to financial stress. Why? Well, I would bet that one reason is because new graduates are coming out…Read More
Ever since I started this blog, my kids have definitely noticed that money has become a hot topic around the house. This differs drastically from my own upbringing. Money was never mentioned. My parents never spoke about our own family finances, nor did they talk about how other people dealt with money. They likely thought…Read More
I feel like I’m beating a dead horse when I talk about this subject (am I allowed to use this analogy as a vet???), but I need to talk about student loans. To be quite frank, this student loan issue was a huge catalyst for me starting this blog. I graduated 15 years ago with…Read More