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Grove City, Pennsylvania

NVA Butler Veterinary Associates and Emergency Center

Dr. Kate Boatright is a 2013 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. During veterinary school, Dr. Boatright was an active member of the VBMA and served as the 2011 National Vice President. She helped to develop the Business Certificate Program during this time. After graduation, Dr. Boatright entered small animal private practice. She currently works as both a general practice and emergency veterinarian north of Pittsburgh. Dr. Boatright is currently an active member of the NWPVMA (Secretary), PVMA (District 1 Trustee), and VBMA Alumni. She enjoys mentoring and teaching pre-veterinary and veterinary students. In her free time, she runs, reads, writes, cuddles with her three cats and watches movies with her husband, Cory.

Kate Boatright, VMD

Topics Covered

Topic #1: Kickstart Your Career During Veterinary School

Description: We will discuss how student groups and extracurricular activities can provide networking and experiences that can set you apart in the job market and how you can effectively use your summers to prepare for life after vet school (hint: it’s not all about working!). I will also review my personal career path experiences and give suggestions for how to plan your clinical rotations to optimize your experience before entering practice. (Category 4)

Topic #2: Finding The Right Fit: Tips For Finding The Right Job To Start Your Career

Description: We will discuss what questions to ask yourself and your potential employers to try to find the best fit. We will also discuss what to do if you end up in a less-than-perfect position and how to get out and get back on track. (Category 4)

Topic #3: Difficult Conversations: Working With Financial Limits Of Clients

Description: In school, vet students learn the gold standard of diagnosis and treatment. The clients and patients we see on clinical rotations at our teaching hospitals tend to be those who have the means to pursue advanced diagnostics and treatments. After graduation, away from the ivory tower, veterinarians are often faced with balancing tighter financial limitations of clients with the best interest of the pet. There are often flexible ways to get the information we want and need for a patient while still working within a client’s means. (Category 3)

Topic #4: Difficult Conversations: End Of Life Discussions

Description: One of the most difficult conversations to have with clients involves end of life decision making. These conversations must balance the needs of the patient with the emotional and financial needs of the client and can take a large emotional toll on the veterinary team. We will discuss management of cases where clients refuse euthanasia in a critically ill patient and others where clients request euthanasia for a patient that could be treated. How do we, as veterinarians, handle these conversations and maintain our emotional and mental health? (Category 3)

Speaker Fees: Travel costs only (mileage or flight, hotel) 

Email: k.boatright.vmd@gmail.com

Phone: (724)-967-6137

Website: https://katie.theboatright.com/