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A Day in the Life of a Veterinarian, Meet Dr. John Robb

Posted by The Discover Your Talent Program on Mar 25, 2020 10:43:03 AM

“What makes people successful?”

When you Google this question you get 1,270,000,000 searches in less than one second!

Members of The Talent Team have been working with thousands of individuals of all ages and backgrounds for nearly 30 years to help them answer this question.

How? By helping them to understand and use their innate talents and abilities and other key factors to create a personal vision for their lives and careers, in order to maximize their chances of creating a life of success, satisfaction and freedom, on their own terms.

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One surprising fact that we discovered over the years is that the majority of students, when exploring career possibilities, never actually get inside of the workings of the occupation or professional they have an interest in—to get an up close and personal look at what it’s REALLY like to work in that field.

The result is that all too often a huge amount of time, energy, money and other resources are wasted, on education and career decisions that don’t use the best of who the person is, when a couple of “informational interviews” with a professional in the particular field of interest, or an internship, could have readily confirmed or denied the student’s true compatibility fit.

Recently, The Discover Your Talent team decided to address this issue head on by interviewing individuals, every Friday on their podcast, from highly-regarded and sought after occupations and professions.  These professionals share an insider’s look at what they actually do every day—from every perspective and the path they took to get into their chosen field.

If you have ever considered becoming a Veterinarian, you will not want to miss their latest podcast guest, Dr. John Robb.  He has provided care for family’s pets for 35 years, and in 2006 started an international movement called “Protect the Pets”, which help educate and protect animal from over vaccination. 

Learn more by listening to the full podcast, link below, or reading podcast highlights below.  Anyone with a passion for animals and the medicine that keeps them healthy will truly enjoy this conversation with Dr. John Robb. You can also check out our summer Internship for High School Students, which offers a veterinary specialty.  This program offers another great way to explore a career you are interested in, guided by a mentor and professional in the field, over 3-weeks this summer, before committing to a college major.  

To listen to the interview, simply click on this link: https://www.discoveryourtalentpodcast.com/podcast/john-robb-dvm/

Here are highlights of the interview:

850: A Day in the Life: What's It Really Like to Be a Veterinarian

John Robb, DVM

John-Robb-1“When I’ve had a tough case, and the dog or cat or lizard or whatever I’m treating is really in a life-threatening type situation, and I’m able to apply my skills, pull that pet through, and then when that pet’s coming up to the front to meet the client to go home…you know, that’s IT, right there. That moment where you see the people and the emotions and the tears, and knowing that I was able to be a part of that, you know? That’s it.”

Dr. John Robb is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Connecticut. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California at Davis in 1981 and his DVM from that same institution in 1985. Dr. Robb started the Protect The Pets movement in 2006 to bring morals back into veterinary medicine. This has helped clients by establishing pet safe hospitals and veterinarians by giving them the opportunity to live their oath. He currently owns and operates a small animal veterinary hospital in Newtown, Ct called Dr. Robb’s Protect The Pets – 98 South Main Street, Newtown, CT. He practices the new standard of titering first before routinely over vaccinating pets who already have immunity. He plans on putting Protect The Pets Hospitals all over the world.

The Most Impactful Turning Point?

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"When I finally decided I wanted to be a veterinarian I met with the pre-vet counselor. He looked at my grades and recent academic history and told me that I should consider other options because only one in one thousand applicants were accepted to veterinary school and my chances were slim to none. While I was studying for an agriculture degree at U.C. Davis, where the state veterinary school is located, I started asking the veterinary students how they got in with the competition being so intense. While many were super smart and accomplished, many others were simply persistent. They worked hard, kept applying and got more experience. I realized if I really wanted it bad enough, I could make it. My aha moment was realizing who I was at my core and being willing to tackle any obstacle to get accepted. And so I did, I got in.”

The Most Powerful Lessons Learned?

  1. From a very young age I loved animals—snakes, lizards, opossums, raccoons—my room was full of them. I just had an affinity for observing their nature and habits. I had no clue then that I would become a veterinarian one day, but my heart was always open to animals.
  2. I had a superb mentor, Dr. Bruce Max Feldman, who dedicated himself to making sure the pets and the clients came first. Sometimes it is difficult because there are many pressures to put the bottom line above the quality of care. He never compromised and I don’t either.
  3. In veterinary school you have to take in a vast amount of knowledge over a wide range of subjects in a very short time. It is frankly brutal, and the pressure is immense. If you want it, you must be highly disciplined and have the desire to put in the hours, the energy and the time.
  4. This is a demanding profession because you are dealing with life and death constantly. Often it is hard for me to turn my mind off and get to bed at night without reviewing the day’s cases: what could I have done better? What should I do next? That’s why it is vital for each professional to find their own balance—something that feeds your spirit.

Connecting With John Robb, DVM

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