Well, it’s May and that means three things - The Kentucky Derby, Mother’s Day and graduations.
First, the most exciting two minutes in sports. Now, I have never been a horse person. In fact, I am quite allergic to them. Although my wife has been to the Kentucky Derby, it remains on my bucket list. After several endeavors to find the appropriate hat to wear at the Derby, my wife left for Louisville with her friend in 2006 to participate in all the Derby festivities. Little did she know that she was about to watch a race in which the winner would capture the heart of the nation for several months. It was Barbaro - the Kentucky Derby winner who would suffer a devastating injury a mere two weeks later at the Belmont. Over the next several months the nation watched closely but, despite the valiant efforts of the staff at University of Pennsylvania, Barbaro could not overcome the injury. I often tell my wife that her two dollar ticket on Barabaro to win would be worth a lot more uncashed as opposed to her winnings of the day.
Although not a May race, a happier horse race moment occurred in 2015 when my family traveled to Las Vegas on the weekend that coincided with the Belmont Stakes. Standing in the Caesar’s Palace Sports Book with thousands of bettors, we watched the amazing American Pharoah become one of the few Triple Crown winners. A truly exciting moment for even a non-equestrian like myself.
On to Mother’s Day! I want to give a huge shout-out to all the DVM mothers. We know the daily challenges of being a veterinarian. Now combine that with the challenges of motherhood in general, and a single day of recognition seems like not enough. Happy Mother’s Day!
Lastly, graduation! We will be welcoming the class of 2019 into practice this month. Their years of hard work, studying, and preparation have finally paid off. We welcome them into the profession and hopefully we will be there to help them navigate their way through the challenging first years of practice. How many of us remember “You’ll learn more the first six months in practice than you did in all of vet school!” Very true words. I always tell my students that the key to becoming a good veterinary technician is to dilute your failures. If you don’t get your first catheter, you have a hundred percent failure. But work to improve and get the next one, now you have only a fifty percent failure rate, and so on and so on. So one bit of advice to the graduates - no matter how rough your “firsts” may go, just get back on the horse again. (Pun intended)
Until next month,
Randy Ackman DVM