An Interview with... Dr. Stephen P. DiBartola - Veterinary Medicine
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An Interview with... Dr. Stephen P. DiBartola


What favorite musicians or songs would you include on your personal jukebox?

I wouldn't even know where to begin; my iPod has more than 2,000 songs on it. Definitely something like "William Powell" by Leo Kottke—an acoustic guitar instrumental that knocks me out. Something joyful and exuberant by Van Morrison, perhaps "Jackie Wilson Said (I'm in Heaven When You Smile)." Almost anything from Joni Mitchell's Blue album or something from Hejira. Bob Dylan's Bringing It All Back Home or Blood on the Tracks albums. Some early Lennon-McCartney—maybe "This Boy." "Something So Right" by Paul Simon, "Been to Canaan" by Carole King, and "I Wish" by Stevie Wonder. These are some of the best musicians of my generation.

What do you consider the greatest threat to the profession?

The high cost of a veterinary education relative to the earning potential of veterinarians.

Do you have a bad habit?

I'm anxious, excitable, and impatient. I ask people to do something and then do it myself because they haven't done it fast enough to suit me. Also, I go off on tangents and lapse into rambling irrelevant stories in the middle of lectures.

What makes a good veterinarian?

Good veterinarians care about animals and people. They never forget that attached to each animal is a person who appreciates genuine concern and efforts to help their pets more than medical knowledge and credentials.


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