Sunday, February 24, 2013

Thank you, David Segal!

Industry insiders have probably already seen this floating around Facebook & Twitter. We've already received several emailed requests to post about it and it's only been published for about a day! Steve, hat tip to you for being the most concise :) It's an article in the NY Times from the Business Day section, by a journalist named David Segal who for some reason has taken pity on our profession and chosen to shed some light on things. Go ahead, click the link and read the story. I'll wait here.

OK. Was that not incredible? I don't know Mr. Segal, but he is to be commended. If you want to share your thanks or give him any additional information, you can email him - there's a link to do so directly from the NY Times website if you click on his name above where it's hotlinked.

I know you can't always believe what you read, even in the New York Times - but Mr. Segal is speaking the truth here, and our upcoming veterinary students and those aspiring to become veterinary students need to take a long look at this story. Here's the link again: High Debt and Falling Demand Trap New Vets.

Read it and weep. Then email it to your friends & family. Tweet about it. Share it on Facebook. We want the Times to take notice that this story has legs!


  1. Thanks for posting a link, VBB!

    While it's true you can't always believe what you read, I am happy to verify anything anyone questions. Well, the parts I know about, anyway, which is quite a bit of it. David spent a lot of time just with me, making sure he understood both the facts and the context of the material he was learning about. I think he did a very good job with a complicated and delicate subject.

    Thanks again, and I'm happy to answer any questions anybody has.

  2. It's nice to see that the outside world is starting to take notice of what the Veterinarians Behaving Badly bloggers have been writing about for some time (e.g. Indecent Northern Exposure, Speaking of Veterinary Economics.... & A Profession in Decline).

    There is no shortage of veterinarians. There are in fact no underserved areas (as Big Veterinary defines the term). The outrageously easy money from federal loans to finance constantly increasing tuition at the feet of Big Veterinary Education is not part of the solution, but rather a major source of the problem. Anyone willing to look at these issues with an objective eye, if not a moral eye, will come to these conclusions. Those with a vested interest in maintaining the status quo will come to different conclusions.

    Thank you David Segal for giving us a voice in a new arena.

  3. I would also like to give kudos to Mr. Segal.

  4. If you were glad to see the coverage, please consider emailing David Segal your personal thanks.

    My hope is if he receives enough positive feedback, he'll do additional articles, as he did for law schools.

  5. Already done! I bet he's inundated with thousands of thanks. :)

  6. Thank you. Since you told me will you have to kill me? Twice? ;0