Don't hate, self-advocate (it's for the pets)

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Don't hate, self-advocate (it's for the pets)

Self promotion is a learned skill set, says Dr. Robin Downing.

Certain veterinarians—you know, like the ones who maintain high media profiles—can catch flack for establishing themselves as celebrities. Is that really such a bad thing? CVC educator Robin Downing, DVM, MS, DAAPM, DACVSMR, CVPP, CCRP, doesn’t believe so.

“At the heart of it, it really means embracing our moral responsibility to speak on behalf of beings who cannot speak for themselves,” she says.

Of course, as she also points out, many who are drawn to veterinary medicine are admitted introverts. So, how can you reconcile the benefits of drawing attention to a cause with the dire need to avoid the spotlight? In this video Dr. Downing shares with Sarah Wooten, DVM, her own journey from uncomfortable to unstoppable. Hint: It involves practicing in front of a mirror.

Watch the video for much more.

Bonus video: How Dr. Robin deals with haters!

Regardless of the motivations for your professional choices, someone is likely to complain. But Dr. Downing says, so what?

“We as veterinarians no longer have to suffer under the delusion that we should be all things to all people all the time,” she says.

In this bonus video she explains to Dr. Wooten how to ignore the haters by staying focused on what’s really important: Making life better for pets and the people who love them.