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Supporting New Doctors Through Coaching

A recent graduate of Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Amanda Bruner knows first-hand the difference a supportive team makes when you’re just starting out. We recently caught up with the new doctor to chat everything from onboarding and the coaching provided by her co-doctors and Area Chief of Staff to what animal she’d like to be.

Tell us a little about yourself and your journey with Banfield: 

I have wanted to be a vet for as long as I can remember, and it feels surreal that I've finally achieved it. So far, my journey with Banfield has been great! I had my interview for Banfield with Dr. Taneeka Bautista, and it immediately seemed like the perfect place to start as a new doctor. The other doctors and nurses at the practice are amazing, creating a welcoming environment. I’ve never felt uncomfortable asking for help, and my practice manager even described me as "a perfect fit" for the hospital.

How is your onboarding going? How did it feel to start practicing as a DVM? 

Onboarding is going well. I feel much more comfortable with the computer system, the flow of the hospital, and the general Banfield guidelines. Technology isn't always my friend, so working with a whole new system was difficult at first. I don't think it has actually hit me yet that I'm a DVM! I mean, I'm doing all the doctor things like surgery and diagnosing and prescribing medicine, but I was a vet nurse and a student for so long that I still have that mentality quite a lot. 

How has your Area Chief of Staff helped you in your career as a DVM?

She has been great, especially with finding me work throughout COVID. My home hospital closed for a week because of a COVID exposure, and she was able to find other Banfield hospitals for me to go to during that time. I've also learned a lot about cat-specific medicine from her, which is nice because sick cats make me a little nervous. 

What does your day-to-day look like?

For me, a typical day is doing one or two surgeries in the morning and then seeing drop-off appointments with a couple of "in-room" appointments. With COVID, most appointments are drop-off, which I think is great for a vet just starting out. It lets me spend a little more time with the patient and discuss possible diagnoses and questions with my co-doctors.

What do you look forward to the most in your work with Banfield?

I want to continue learning every day and become more confident in myself as a veterinarian. I also want to be comfortable working as a solo doctor when necessary. I look forward to continuing working with my amazing team.

Do you have any tips for Veterinarians just starting out?

Start at a practice with multiple co-doctors. This allows you to get different views on cases and treatments. Take advantage of the opportunities to ask for help. It can help decrease the chance of getting overwhelmed at the very beginning. 

If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?

Probably a bat because I've always thought it'd be cool to fly. I should want to be a bird, but I don't like birds.

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