Pulse - July 2022 - 10

Vet
Careers
Outside
of Private
Practice
By Marilyn Iturri
Y
ou've wanted to be a veterinarian since you were in
kindergarten. You love dogs, cats, and other critters, and
even worked in a clinic in high school. After college and vet
school, you finally have your veterinary medical degree and
landed a great job at an up-and-coming small animal hospital.
But after reaching your life-long goal, something feels off.
You still love people's pets, but maybe the people themselves
are more than you're comfortable dealing with. Maybe
office politics are off-putting. Maybe the commute eats up
more of your day than you want it to. And maybe clinic life
just isn't for you after all.
Some veterinarians know from the outset that small animal
medicine isn't for them. Others discover that along the
way and make changes that complement their lives. Here
are some veterinarians who have found employment-and
lives-outside the clinic.
Laura Bradley, DVM
Veterinary medical officer, State of California
L
aura Bradley, DVM, describes
herself as essentially a regulatory
veterinarian. She is charged with
monitoring, detecting and eliminating
disease to protect animals and
people in the state of California.
She manages the state's avian
health outreach and education program
and conducts poultry-related inspections
at border crossings, responds to sick-bird calls and
works a sick-bird hotline. If another veterinarian needs additional
information about a bird ailment, she responds.
But she hasn't always been a regulatory vet. Out of veterinary
school she was a small animal veterinarian, and worked
as a vet tech in general practice before going to vet school at
Ross University.
There, she became highly interested in epidemiology and in
the One Health concept, which examines how the health of
people, animals and the environment are linked. She was always
interested in exotic animals, and those combined interests led
her to become a veterinary medical officer with the California
Department of Food and Agriculture. " Approximately 75% of
all emerging diseases are zoonotic, " she noted. " Healthy food
sources improve the lives of our families and friends. "
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Of particular interest to Dr. Bradley is virulent Newcastle
disease, a highly contagious viral respiratory disease that affects
domestic and wild bird species. There have been three major
outbreaks in Southern California in the last almost 50 years,
requiring destruction of millions of birds.
Most recently, in 2018 backyard and domestic flocks were
devastated by the disease. To help
prevent future outbreaks,
the state created the California Avian Health Education Network.
Through it, Dr. Bradley offers outreach and education
to the public. To that end, she will represent CAHEN at its
exhibit at the Orange County Fair Aug. 10-14.
" I do very much enjoy outreach and education, " she said.
" I like talking to owners and letting them know what they
can do better to strengthen the human-animal bond. I like
working with young people in FFA and 4H. There aren't as
many kids with those interests anymore, and I'm hoping to
inspire them to work with animals at least as a hobby. "
Some might not find the job exciting or fun, she said. It's
often more a desk job than getting hands-on with animals.
" But the benefits are amazing, " she said. " And for people
who have large student loan debt, after 10 years working
for the government, you're eligible for public service loan
forgiveness. "
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Pulse - July 2022
Chapter Meetings & Calendar
President’s Perspective
Pulsepoints
SCVMA Profile
COVER FEATURE STORY
Practical Pathology
UC Davis Update
Tools for Success
Angel Fund
The RVT
Industry Insights
Quick Reference
AVMA Diplomates
Digital Photography for Veterinarians
Resources
Disease Table
From the SCVMA Office
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Pulse - July 2022 - Chapter Meetings & Calendar
Pulse - July 2022 - President’s Perspective
Pulse - July 2022 - Pulsepoints
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Pulse - July 2022 - SCVMA Profile
Pulse - July 2022 - COVER FEATURE STORY
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Pulse - July 2022 - Practical Pathology
Pulse - July 2022 - UC Davis Update
Pulse - July 2022 - Tools for Success
Pulse - July 2022 - Angel Fund
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Pulse - July 2022 - Industry Insights
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