What are general practitioners good for? A lot!

Making a case for the many advantages of being a GP – for both vets and patients

The author's veterinary school yearbook photo. At this stage, he was already told to pursue a specialty.Photos courtesy Dr. Brennen McKenzie

“We must provide an outlet for the creative faculties…And it is this challenge which is recognized by every graduate who turns away from practice, disillusioned by his or her inability to find satisfaction in a situation where…the expectations of training are dashed by the reality of practice. Somehow, we must change the system lest the process of education leads to an increasing number of square pegs looking for a home in a world of round holes…

“We must seek to elevate the status of the practitioner, not only that his position is elevated in the eyes of the academic but, more importantly, in th...


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