Donna Kelleher, DVM, is a holistic veterinarian who works in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Her most recent book Zen and the Art of Caring for Pets chronicles her career path and challenges. This includes the demands of the veterinary profession itself and the pressures (and annoyances) caused by clients.
Over the years, she worked in emergency / critical care. She also worked for a veterinary practice purchased by a corporation. The book addresses the high rate of suicide among veterinarians (that I talked about recently in the post about how not to get fired as a veterinary client). Kelleher offers keen insights into how she practices veterinary medicine today -- from cancer cases to chronic allergies and beyond. The 2 of us agree on many things. Some things in the book, though, I disagree with, doubt, and bring a heavy dose of skepticism to. She knows that based on our private conversations via email, Yet, she encouraged me to write a book review anyway. So here you go.