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Brandon Boren, DVM
Associate veterinarian, Los Angeles Zoo
oing into veterinary school
at Western University of
Health Sciences in Pomona, Brandon
Boren was more interested in
marine biology than small animal
medicine. He became more interested
in exotic animal medicine, and volunteered
rehabbing seals and sea lions.
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He volunteered at the Los Angeles Zoo during
vet school, and he volunteered after graduating in 2010
as well. When an internship at the zoo opened, he applied for
and got it. He stayed on to work relief after the internship,
and was eventually hired full time. He's been full time now
for six years.
" The work is definitely challenging, " Dr. Boren said. " You
do a lot of things that haven't been done before. I do a lot
of research and looking things up. We do frequent rechecks,
looking at a tiger, a bear, a seal. I love the variety. "
His most memorable case was last year, when he performed
a c-section on a babirusa. He was nervous, he said, but the
mom and piglets are all doing well.
The zoo's veterinary staff consists of the chief veterinarian,
three associates and one part-time veterinarian.
" The best thing about my job is the animals, and all the
people who work at the zoo are passionate about the animals.
We're all here for the same purpose. "
Dr. Boren advises veterinarians intrigued about zoo work
to do everything possible to get a foot in the door.
" Volunteer with domestic animals first to get the veterinary
knowledge down, " he said. " Then volunteer with exotics,
maybe with rehabilitating animals, and get internships and
residencies. In only a year, you can learn so much. "
If a veterinarian is hesitant about joining an association
or even trying something besides small animal medicine,
Dr. Leininger's advice is: Go for it.
Mary Beth Leininger, DVM
Wearer of many hats
D
r. Mary Beth Leininger is
retired now, but in her more
than 50 years as a veterinarian, she
has worn many hats: small animal
practitioner and clinic owner, volunteer
leader,
industry executive
and spokeswoman for the profession.
She went into practice as a small
animal veterinarian after graduating
from Purdue vet school. She and her husband
always participated in professional associations, at the local,
state and national levels.
" My experience with veterinary organizations set me up
with being able to do things that industry wanted: Good networking
and visibility with colleagues, " Dr. Leininger said.
" Growing through professional organizations was an organic
process, " she said.
After serving in local and state veterinary medical associations,
she served on the AVMA public relations council,
which got her looking at national projects. She served as
AVMA president 1996-97-the first woman to do so--then
joined Hill's Pet Nutrition in 1999 as director of professional
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affairs. She then spent two years as project manager with
AAVMC, then as vice president of veterinary health insurance
for ASPCA pet health insurance.
She credits her time with VMAs for the opportunities that
later came her way.
" Professional associations allow you to learn what other
veterinarians do, how competent and skilled our colleagues
are. You can be exposed to experiences through them to
things you never thought about.
" The best experiences in associations is getting people to come
together to get a project done. Projects and challenges coming
from a group are stronger, better, more effective than from an
individual. We are typically better as a team than an individual. "
If a veterinarian is hesitant about joining an association
or even trying something besides small animal medicine, Dr.
Leininger's advice is: Go for it.
" Don't be afraid to try new things. Even if it doesn't work
out, knowing you've tried, if it's not the right fit, you've had
the experience of looking at things in a different way. Even
if you lose something, you don't lose learning from the loss.
As a veterinarian, you have more skills and capability than
you realize. " P
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Pulse - July 2022

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pulse - July 2022

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 - 1
Pulse - July 2022 - 2
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
Pulse - July 2022 - The RVT
Pulse - July 2022 - Industry Insights
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