It's a little ironic that I chose this topic to share with you all, because as anyone who knows me would tell you, I've always been planted firmly on the academic side of the school vs sports scale. That being said, I do think there are some good lessons to be learned from sports when it comes to vet med, and pointing them out is my main goal (okay, go ahead and groan). Here are 7 things sports can teach us about veterinary medicine.
1. BE A TEAM PLAYER
This one may seem obvious, but it's something to never lose focus on. Don't be bossy, don't hoard information, and please, PLEASE never walk past a mess.
2. YOU CAN'T ALWAYS GO UNDEFEATED
Every dog has its day, and so does every technician. We all have days when hitting a vein seems impossible. Sometimes dealing with difficult clients seems like a breeze- some days, you want to poke your eyes out with a tongue depressor (#truth). Don't let these small defeats get to you. Tomorrow is a new day. This too shall pass, and tomorrow you'll rock that jugular stick!
3. CELEBRATE YOUR VICTORIES
It can be all too easy to become engrossed in the difficult cases and lose focus of the "good stuff." Day full of puppy vaccines? Great- enjoy the puppy breath! Diabetic patient's BG finally WNL? Awesome (would it be wrong to celebrate with donuts?)! Grumpy owner agreed to surgery you've been trying to convince them is necessary forever? Winning! If you celebrate the little things, the bad stuff won't be the only thing on your mind.
4. ROOT FOR THE UNDERDOG
Just because the last IMHA dog didn't do well doesn't mean this one won't. Don't give up on your patients. Just when you think they're down and out, sometimes they surprise you.
5. TAKE A TIME OUT
We've heard there are actually people who DON'T take holidays. Who are you? If you're raising your hand right now this one's for you. It's crucial to take some "me time". Go sit on a dock. Lounge on the beach. Read a good book. There is no shame in taking time for yourself to recharge. In the end, you will help your team by being a refreshed you when you get back to work! And just for the record, Dr. Andy Roark agrees.
6. KEEP YOUR EYE ON THE BALL
We all have things going on in our personal lives that weigh on us. Try your best to drop it at the clinic welcome mat. Work can be a good distraction for most people, and focusing on your patients will help the day go by much more quickly!
7. EVERYONE WAS A ROOKIE ONCE
Unless you're some sort of super-human, chances are all of us were "that" newbie who made our superiors shake their heads and roll their eyes at least a few times during our first day/month/year. Have patience and enjoy the role of teacher with your new staff members. Remember for a moment what it felt like to have no idea what you were doing, and help quell that that feeling for someone else. In other words, be a good coach!
What do you think? Let us know if we hit a home run with this one below!