The clash of commerce and culture

A look at the emerging paradox in veterinary practice

Millennials, considered ages 26-41, have reinvigorated a work-life balance philosophy. Is your practice affected?

 The culture of veterinary medicine has changed dramatically over the past 20 years. While the dedication displayed by veterinary school applicants seeking entry to programs seems not to have diminished, the emerging work ethos is arguably less enthusiastic than it once was. This shift in mentality, should you subscribe to this assessment, is often explained in terms of the dueling axioms describing our younger workforce’s approach to work-life balance: “working to live” rather than “living to work.”

Some credit millennials with the introduction of these reorganized priorities. It is a shift in sensibility th...


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