Hazel reminding us how important it is to take frequent naps on the couch!
Dear friends and clients,
Summer has been in full swing and we have been busy at the clinic treating everything from summer ailments like bee stings and foxtails to the usual cases of upset stomachs, bladder infections, arthritis, and other more serious conditions. Many times we are able to help, so you can continue to enjoy your summer activities and vacation trips.
We are currently still a solo practice as we continue to look to add another veterinarian to our team. This has affected our clinic hours and availability, and we very much appreciate your understanding in this matter. Many of you have expressed their concern for my well-being as a solo practitioner, as well as your gratitude for our services. This is deeply appreciated! As you can see in the photo above, my dog Hazel reminds me daily how important it is to take naps, and with the support of the staff, friends & family I am continuing to strive for a healthy work-life balance. As some of you may know, compassion fatigue and burn-out are real threats in the veterinary profession (The Oregonian recently had an article
about this)! Regular exercise is always good to reduce stress, and thanks to the recruiting of one of our clients, I recently joint a group of folks who play pickle ball regularly in public parks all over the city. If you see me playing, don't be shy and say hi - or better yet, join in on the fun!
I also wanted to briefly address the confusion some of you have expressed about my recent "name change" from Dr. Wagner to Dr. Conny. The change seemed to make sense as our practice is continuing to move away from a clinic culture that functions via top-down decision making & hierarchical structures, and towards embracing more equitable work practices by questioning and challenging dominant culture paradigms. In Germany, Cornelia is often shortened to Conny, and my friends and family have always called me by this name.
There has been lots underway at the clinic including the addition of two new part-time staff members just last week, Alexis and Yun. Please welcome them to the team next time you are in, and watch out for their bios soon to be posted on our website. Speaking of our website...we are in the process of redesigning our online presence and are curious to know what you think. Also, please remember our clinic hours have shifted, and we are closed on Sundays and Mondays, as well as the occasional Saturday.
We hope your pets and you continue to have a fun and safe summer with lots of wonderful activities and time to recharge.
All of us here at Hawthorne Veterinary Clinic very much appreciate your patronage and your trust in us to not only deliver the best holistic veterinary care to your beloved furry companions, but also your support to contribute in other meaningful ways to the community we all love, live and work in.
Dr. Conny Wagner