Now Hiring Dragon Vet

Dragon Doc

Dear Readers,

It’s been a BUSY week. First, I met the deadline for major edits on my manuscript, so The Dragon Doc Tales is back in the talented Stacey’s hands for final edits. Anticipate publishing sometime in 2022. And thank you, Stacey, your editing skills are fantastic!

Beyond writing, work is incredibly busy. Veterinarians everywhere are simply swamped, with no end in sight to the madness. So, if you’re having trouble getting your pet seen as quickly as you’d like, please be patient. And PLEASE be kind! We’re all doing our best to get everyone’s furry kids taken care of in a timely manner, but there is only so far that we can be stretched. All of our days are completely overwhelming, and unfortunately, many great vets and support staff are leaving the veterinary industry due to burn-out, and/or verbal abuse from clients, even threats. Yes, it’s true, although very sad for me to type. Unkindness has become an epidemic, and it needs to stop. So spread the word… please be kind!

I’ve decided that I need to hire another veterinarian, if I can find one, that is. Veterinarians are in high demand, and it’s difficult to hire one under the best of circumstances. But in my case, I have the complication of… you guessed it… dragons. Sooooo, tell me what you think about the following ad:

Hiring part-time or full-time DVM for fast-paced, well-equipped, mostly small animal clinic located in picturesque Idaho. Some large (truly LARGE!) animal patients are seen on a walk-in (or fly-in) basis. Hone your skills practicing high-risk, yet high-reward, advanced medicine! Flexibility and adaptability are required. Training provided, as well as unlimited first-aid supplies. Benefits include medical, accident, life, disability, and burial insurance, accidental death and dismemberment coverage, unlimited therapy sessions, will/estate planning with local attorney, generous vacation and illness/injury leave, local tailor’s services for scrub and lab coat repairs, and large case of Skunk-Off shampoo. Competitive salary. Sign-on bonus to include cash as well as geodes and gems contributed by patients. Experienced veterinarians and new graduates welcome to apply. Submit application at, or contact Dr. S. K. Burkman via Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

What do you think? I hope I hear from some good candidates. But it’s a tough job market, and difficult to attract applicants… more so for such dangerous, sometimes dirty and unpleasant work. Please cross your fingers that I get some interest! I’ll ask the dragons to cross their claws, too.

Dragon on IV fluids
Example of said high-risk but high-reward patient

Until next time, spread kindness!


Dr. S. K. Burkman

The Dragon Doc

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About DR. S.K. burkman

As a busy veterinarian, Dr. Burkman keeps her sanity by writing about dragons. Many of her own adventures and misadventures are woven into her novels.