Dr. Jessica Fusch graduated from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 2011. She worked full-time as a mixed animal vet for three and a half years, during which time she did a lot of farm and house calls, and found that many people and pets benefit greatly from this practice model. After her second son was born, she began providing relief services for other veterinarians while also starting her own house call practice, which includes telemedicine consults. Dr. Fusch has a special interest in holistic practice modalities and completed acupuncture training at the Chi institute in 2011.
Dr. Fusch is also an author and public speaker, and an avid reader who would stay in school forever if she could afford to. When not focused on veterinary medicine, she also enjoys weight lifting, yoga, traveling, and cooking. Dr. Fusch lives in Florida with her husband, three sons, two dogs, and two cats.
During our talk, we discuss:
- Why she thinks she didn’t get into vet school on her first try, and how she improved her application for the following cycle
- What it was like being pregnant during veterinary school, and her decision to take a year off vet school after her first child was born
- Why she elected not to practice equine medicine after graduating vet school even though becoming an equine veterinarian had been her original dream
- Her “trial by fire” experiences as a mixed-animal practitioner, and how those experiences ultimately shaped her career as a veterinarian
- Our shared belief that the first several years after veterinary school are the hardest and most discouraging, but how being prepared and learning the necessary coping skills can get us through the initial hardships – and through to the joy that’s possible on the other side
- The joy she’s found in having her own house call business, and the concept of “boutique medical practice”
- The service she uses as an online pharmacy
- How she incorporates telemedicine into her practice, and why she believes embracing new roles and technologies are essential to veterinarians’ future success
- Her recent foray into writing and public speaking
Click here to watch the interview on YouTube.
Click here to read Dr. Fusch’s article entitled “Buyer’s remorse: Expect it three to five years after vet school”
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