Dr. Kate Knutson's infectious enthusiasm makes you want to go right out and sign up for her current cause. As president of the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), Kate made history by being the first president to be elected rather than appointed. Only five other women have ever been president of AAHA.
Kate's passion is dentistry at Pet Crossing Animal Hospital in Bloomington, Minnesota, an award winner in the 2004 Veterinary Economics Hospital Design Competition. One of the unique things about Pet Crossing is that the doctors, staff and clients are all involved in the completely individualized healthcare plans that are made for each and every patient. Her clients are welcome to be with their pet every step of the way, in every part of the hospital, and to literally "rock in the rocking chair". She believes that this makes her a better veterinarian because she has to be at her best at all times if her clients are watching her work. Her hospital inspires her every day. To her, it feels like a body with every staff member, client and patient a part of the whole working entity, and she loves the constant level of collaboration that transpires there.
Kate was part of a group that recently reviewed the old AAHA Dental Care Guildlines and rewrote them to meet updated medical knowledge. These new 2013 guidelines were just published. They include the newest, coolest dental ideas and will be the authoritative white paper to help veterinarians do best-of-the-best dentistry.
Kate is also involved with Partners for Healthy Pets, an AAHA and AVMA collaboration. She teaches practitioners how to perform preventive medicine and works as a liaison with academic students at the University of Minnesota (her alma mater) allowing them to give practice talks at her hospital. Her hospital lobby can be converted to auditorium seating where she hosts client groups. There they discuss what they are passionate about and attendees are often thankful to discover that others have the same problems they have.
What else? According to Kate, "I am always working at getting better at what I do."
Dr. Marty Greer is not one to let the moss grow under her feet. Reproduction is her special interest at Veterinary Village, her hospital in Lomira, Wisconsin. Marty doesn't believe that one person can be all things to all people so she encourages her doctors and staff members to develop expertise in areas they love. This unique feature allows Veterinary Village to be large hospital in a rural setting.
Marty has created an International Sperm Bank at her hospital. One of about 100 nationally that freezes dog semen and one of only about 25 that is currently active, this service draws clients from an extensive geographic area. Marty is a problem solver and loves to figure out how to make things turn out well, not just medically, but holistically.
Marty received her Juris Doctor in 2010, and now she educates clients and veterinarians through seminars and webinars, teaching them how veterinary medicine and law can be combined to do more for the veterinary profession. This includes a wide array of issues, including informed consent, how regulatory medicine influences practice positively, contracts for dog sales, dog bites, and the legal aspects of dog reproduction.
The act of healing is what gets Marty out of bed in the morning. "In order to be a veterinarian, you have to be an optimist."