The Veterinary Medicine Interview: Dr. Melinda D. Merck - Veterinary Medicine
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The Veterinary Medicine Interview: Dr. Melinda D. Merck


What changes in veterinary medicine do you hope will occur in the next 100 years?

Mandatory reporting of suspected animal cruelty cases by all states, which is what is required of our human medicine counterparts. We should see this in the next few years, not 100. In 100 years, we will see more specialized fields of veterinary medicine, including forensics.

What are the greatest achievements of your career so far?

Starting a feline practice that tried to serve the needs of all owned and unwanted cats, and pioneering the field of veterinary forensics to enable others to help victims of abuse.

What makes a good veterinarian?

I think all veterinarians should strive to be great veterinarians. A great veterinarian is thorough, avoids tunnel vision, and strives for perfection. Because we hold animals' lives in our hands, it is imperative that we strive to practice perfect medicine; mistakes can be fatal.


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