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Smith Veterinary Consulting and Publishing

Dr. Carin Smith is a consultant, trainer, and speaker who works with veterinarians and their teams to increase personal and business success.

About Dr. Carin Smith

About Dr. Carin Smith

Dr. Carin Smith, President of Smith Veterinary Consulting, works to help veterinarians and their teams create successful lives and careers. She is a consultant, speaker, trainer, and author who gained experience in both large and small animal practice before devoting her time to writing and consulting. In 2010 she received the Distinguished Service Award from the Association for Women Veterinarians. Dr. Smith is a nationally-recognized, award-winning author of hundreds of articles and many books.

Attendees of Dr Smith's presentations rave about her unique interactive style that includes specific real-life examples, problem-solving, and skills practice that are tailored for each audience. Read what others have to say here. 

Dr. Smith also acts as a facilitator for groups and associations that wish to create policy, standards, or guidelines. She is able to help teams from project initiation through publication of their final results.

Involvement in her community and professional associations is important to Dr. Smith. She is a member the American Society of Training and Development (ASTD), the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Veterinary Hospital Managers Association (VHMA). She is a current member and a former Director of the American Veterinary Medical Law Association (AVMLA), and she was a Director and a Charter Member of VetPartners. She works with the Federal Executive Board, a group which performs workplace mediations for the Federal government, as well as volunteering as a mediator in her local community.

Dr. Smith received her DVM degree from Oregon State and Washington State Universities in 1984. Her private practice experience includes large animal (dairy, beef, equine), small animal (feline, emergency, and general) and mixed practices. She is a Certified Mediator and a Certified English Language Instructor, and holds a Certificate in Veterinary Practice Administration from Purdue University. Her home in the mountains of central Washington includes 4 cats, 2 Tennessee Walker horses, and a dog (an Australian shepherd mix).

Career Guidance

Career Guidance

Dr. Smith has given presentations worldwide about career development for veterinarians. She is well-versed on issues regarding women, economics, and work. She has published in-depth articles about gender issues in veterinary medicine, and is known for her ability to draw men and women of all ages into an intelligent, stimulating discussion of issues, answers, and possibilities. Dr. Smith has a thorough understanding of issues surrounding part-time and relief work. Her books FlexVet and Team Satisfaction Pays describe ways to create life-friendly schedules for veterinarians. Dr. Smith successfully presented the case of the relief veterinarian as an independent contractor to the state of Washington (Employment Security and Labor & Industries boards, responsible for Workers’ Compensation and Unemployment insurance coverage). This presentation and discussion was followed by the publication of guidelines to be used by relief veterinarians to determine their IC status in the state (1992; successfully challenged [upheld] in 2002 and 2012.) The Relief Veterinarian's Manual (Now FlexVet) is purchased by many law firms as a reference guide. Veterinary teaching hospitals welcome Dr. Smith as a speaker for students interested in learning about diverse career paths within veterinary medicine. She offers seminars for students that include career choices, job selection and fit, negotiation, and tips for integrating life style choices with career aspirations. Her career choices workshops utilize information from her book, Career Choices for Veterinarians.

Professional and Personal Career Planning

We evaluate trends in the veterinary profession and how those trends affect career opportunities for veterinarians and the veterinary job market. We have developed a thorough knowledge of all career paths open to veterinarians, including the current and future outlook for growth in specific areas, based on national and international trends. We assist associations and individuals in evaluating the effects of these trends and in determining appropriate positive action steps. Dr. Smith's classic Career Choices for Veterinarians has helped veterinarians, from graduation through midlife crisis and retirement, to find fulfilling work that fits their lives.

Author & Editor

Author & Editor

Dr. Smith assists associations, companies, and individual veterinarians with writing projects, including publication of articles in peer-reviewed journals, writing and editing books, finding the appropriate publisher, tailoring the material to its buyer and its audience, evaluating publishing contracts and other aspects of writing, editing, and publishing. Dr. Smith is the author of many books, and has served as Editor, Associate Editor, Technical Editor, and Ghostwriter for many publications.

She has served as:

  • Facilitator and Technical Editor for AAHA Practice Guidelines, 2004-present
  • Facilitator and Technical Editor for AAFP Practice Guidelines, 2007-present
  • Editor, Association for Women Veterinarians Bulletin. 2000-2005
  • Contributing Editor, Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. 1990-1995
  • Contributing Editor, Cat Lovers magazine. 1991-1993
  • Contributing Editor, Horse Illustrated magazine. 1989-1993
  • Contributing Editor, Pet Health News. 1989-1990

Dr. Smith assists associations, companies, and individual veterinarians with writing projects, including publication of articles in peer-reviewed journals, writing and editing books, finding the appropriate publisher, tailoring the material to its buyer and its audience, evaluating publishing contracts and other aspects of writing, editing, and publishing.

Facilitation

Facilitation

  Dr. Smith can help your team take care of the process so that you can concentrate on the fulfillment of your ideas. She comes to you as a neutral facilitator who helps focus energy, draws out the best from all participants, and targets specific actions that lead to results. Dr. Smith has formal and practical training in group facilitation, group conflict resolution, and mediation. She is skilled at bringing out the best in each individual of a group, and in eliciting common interests that help groups move forward. Dr. Smith is a Certified Mediator who has received extensive training in the fields of mediation and facilitation. Dr. Smith has worked with the American Association of Feline Practitioners and the American Animal Hospital Association in facilitating strategic planning sessions, and facilitating the production of medical guidelines for dogs and cats (including Senior Care, Pain Management, and Dental Care Guidelines). Her mediation work covers issues ranging from parenting plans, to estate settlement, to business workplace conflict. She is a member of the Federal Executive Board, a consortium that performs workplace mediations for employees who work for various branches of the Federal Government. She works throughout WA state as a community volunteer conflict resolution mediator. Dr. Smith is a member of ASTD, the American Society of Training and Development, and has completed many of their courses to learn more about workplace training and adult learning. She is also a member of the ACR (Association for Conflict Resolution) and the SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management).

Training

Training

  Our presentations and training workshops are always interactive and learner-focused, using real situations, solutions, and ideas for improvement.
Professional and Personal Career Planning
We evaluate trends in the veterinary profession and how those trends affect career opportunities for veterinarians and the veterinary job market. We have developed a thorough knowledge of all career paths open to veterinarians, including the current and future outlook for growth in specific areas, based on national and international trends. We assist associations and individuals in evaluating the effects of these trends and in determining appropriate positive action steps. Dr. Smith's classic "Career Choices for Veterinarians" has helped veterinarians, from graduation through midlife crisis and retirement, to find fulfilling work that fits their lives.
Our focus is on process and people.
We help you answer these questions: How do we ...
  • Know what's important?
  • Make decisions?
  • Communicate one-to-one?
  • Communicate as a group?
  • Prioritize?
  • Evaluate performance?
  • Evaluate how workplace behavior affects numbers and outcomes?
  • Change behavior at work? (Ours, and others'.)
  • Improve those processes?

Projects

Projects

See Dr Smith's schedule of upcoming events