Entrepreneurship, Empowerment, and Personal Branding: How to Fight Burnout in the First 5 Years

Real talk and tips for success from experienced veterinarians on why DVMs at every career stage choose to leave the profession, and why they stay.

We know that dogs and cats have life stages—but what about veterinarians? Thanks to a generous sponsorship from Merck, AAHA is sharing the results of an enlightening 2020 study that indicates why veterinarians at every stage of their career choose to leave the profession, and why they stay.

No one spends 4+ punishing years in veterinary school with the intention of leaving it all behind just a few years in, yet that’s exactly what’s happening. And it’s not because they don’t want to be veterinarians—they just don’t want to work in the current clinical environments.

So how do we keep these vets in the field? How do we do a better job serving associates’ needs to keep them in clinical practice, and develop additional opportunities for using their degrees outside of the clinic walls?

Session objectives

In this interactive session, we’ll be heading into new territory as we:

  • Explore why 3 to 5 years out is the most challenging time for veterinarians
  • Discuss why younger grads are turning away from traditional jobs, and that’s ok
  • Determine how strengths and skillsets can be used to craft the right career path
  • Hear from experienced veterinarians who have come through this process and are happier than ever

Date: August 10, 2021

Time: 4:00 pm PT

Cost: Free

CE hours: pending

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AAHA’s Culture Initiative and this event are supported by a generous educational grant from Merck Animal Health.

Real talk

Join us on August 10 for some real talk with four women who aren’t afraid to dig deep, open up, and ask questions.



Jessica Vogelsang, DVM

Dr. Jessica Vogelsang is a veterinarian, international speaker, bestselling author of All Dogs Go to Kevin, and Veterinary Content Strategist for AAHA. As the founder of Pawcurious Media back in 2009, she was one of the first veterinarians to explore how the internet was going to impact the profession and build community. In that time she reached hundreds of thousands of pet owners around the world, helped launch sites such as DrAndyRoark.com and Snout School, and created the Veterinary Telemedicine community in response to COVID-19. She currently sits on the boards of the Mark Morris Institute and the Veterinary Virtual Care Association.


Danielle Lambert

Danielle Lambert empowers others to meet their “veterinary girl gang” through Snout School, an online community where members find mentorship, wellbeing support, CE, and a sounding board to guide them through their careers. She has helped nearly 20,000 veterinary businesses and brands around the world rock their social media, and she actively advocates for more women-led brands in veterinary medicine.


Julie Buzby, DVM

As an integrative veterinarian with 20+ years of experience, Dr. Julie Buzby shares comprehensive information on canine topics on her popular “Dr. Buzby’s” blog. From senior dog health problems like canine arthritis to everyday dilemmas like stopping a dog’s nail from bleeding, no dog health topic is too big or small.


Kristi Crow, DVM

Dr. Kristi Crow created her brand “DogtorKristi” to serve other veterinary students like her who are mapping out their own dreams, but need a little guidance and inspiration along the way. She shares her experiences in vet school and beyond on her blog and social media, where she has a dedicated following.

Breakout sessions

No matter where you are in your career, finding satisfaction and joy in your daily work is a goal we all pursue. The Veterinary Life Stages research identified areas where we can improve, especially for colleagues in the first five years out of school. Join our breakout sessions for a deeper exploration of proactive steps anyone can embrace to make that goal a reality.

Personal branding and social media

Curious about using personal branding techniques or social media to find your perfect career match? Join Dr. Kristi Crow and Danielle Lambert in this breakout session for a deep dive into building a brand to help yourself and your place of work.

Entrepreneurship and Parenthood

Wondering how to juggle the demands of parenthood while exploring a side gig or even starting a new business from scratch? Join Dr. Julie Buzby and Dr. Jessica Vogelsang as they share more about finding opportunity and flexibility using a DVM degree.

How to Spot a Match Made in Heaven

A healthy workplace culture is one of the most important factors in remaining happy and engaged in the workplace. How do you know a clinic proactively embraces healthy culture? Join AAHA President Dr. Pam Nichols as she explores the specific steps a practice owner takes to make this concept a reality in the clinic.

About the Veterinary Life Stages

The 2020 AAHA-Coffman State of Veterinary Culture Report assessed a wide range of indicators of a healthy workplace culture. The report revealed key findings about what veterinarians and veterinary staff need at different points in their careers; most significantly, it illuminated key patterns related to the tenure of the veterinarian. Based on these patterns, we created the Veterinary Life Stages, an exciting new way to address the profession’s needs.