By Dr. Justine Lee, DACVECC, DABT
I get it. You’re shocked. Or scared. Or excited. Well, we are too! But here is how I know that this next phase is going to be the best yet for the veterinary community and the patients that we treat and love.
Back in 2012, I had the amazing opportunity to lecture in India. While visiting, I helped some veterinarians perform a thoracocentesis on a HBC dog. One of the veterinarians said to me that they thought it was one of the first thoracocentesis procedures done in the country. While I’m sure that wasn’t true, it made me feel fortunate to have the opportunity to elevate the quality of emergency critical care globally.
That same year, I reached out to fellow tech-savvy PennVet ECC resident, Dr. Garret Pachtinger, with a crazy idea that I had been simmering for almost a decade… being able to provide education in a format never used before – via technology. Little did I know, we’d be one of the first online veterinary continuing education (CE) providers out there. Our goal and passion? To deliver clinically relevant, practical CE. Because we wanted our veterinary colleagues to take away 2-3 “learning points” per lecture that was going to directly help save that patient’s life. That way you could learn anywhere, regardless of where you were. Like in India.
Through the help of fellow resident mates and colleagues, along with our continued passion for delivering clinically relevant, practical CE, it’s been an honor to see VETgirl continue to grow. And grow, we did. Over the past 8 years, we’ve expanded from just small animal to add more opportunities to learn: large animal, veterinary technician, leadership, practice management, nutrition, certificates, LIVE conferences and so much more.
That’s why we decided to team up with BluePearl and become part of Mars Veterinary Health. This partnership will help us take VETgirl to the next level that we always dreamed of. Please know that this won’t fundamentally change anything about what we do and love here at VETgirl. It’ll still be Garret and me at the helm, ensuring our content stays clinically relevant. Practical. Lifesaving. And unbiased.
Let’s elevate the quality of veterinary medicine worldwide. It took us almost a decade to grow it in North America, and we still have a long way to go. But, reflecting back on my veterinary visit to India, I wanted to help bring VETgirl’s CE to a more international level. And we wouldn’t be able to take it global without them.
Our view? Why not expand to help save HBC’s needing that thoracocentesis around even the most remote corners of the world? Because our patients deserve better.
By partnering with BluePearl and Mars Veterinary Health, it’ll allow us to provide unprecedented opportunities, support, and access to high quality education to all veterinary professionals, national and international. We’ll be able to raise the level of education and expand our community globally.
We firmly believe that joining the Mars Veterinary Health family brings only positive changes for the veterinary community. It will certainly make the company stronger and the increased resources will ensure that we are more capable of providing quality, clinically relevant, practical, unbiased, and convenient education as well as an improved user experience – not just better technology, but more content offered in different languages, with closed captioning and transcriptions to make it even easier for people to learn.
We have always been passionate about giving back to our veterinary community – with free, sponsored CE, with decade-long support for several Diversity, Equity & Inclusion scholarships at veterinary schools, with stress-relieving social media humor, with our boutique veterinary conference for our most loyal, with our first ever-hire being prioritized as our Chief Happiness Officer and licensed social worker. Because we truly love our veterinary community.
Thank you for all that you guys do. Thank you for loving to learn and for always striving to save that patient’s life.
We’re not going anywhere. Thank you for trusting us to continue to learn with us.
Justine & Garret