I recently read this tweet from a stand up comedian I follow:

“Your dog is ready, now we will take an hour to bring her out to you” all vets

And it upset me in the way that Twitter is designed to. It got under my skin and it made me want to rage-tweet a response (which I did). But that still wasn’t enough for me to let this go because I sense that through this pandemic, the general public doesn’t understand what we have been going through as a profession. The only thank you I have heard…


During COVID, veterinary hospitals have had to close to the public. The human public, that is. Curbside medicine, where the pet comes in for treatment, but the owner remains outside, and telemedicine have become the new normal in my daily practice. Bringing pet owners into the hospital to sit in waiting rooms and be in an enclosed exam room with veterinarians, talking moistly, is a long way off. Until there is a vaccine and herd immunity, it is not going to happen, and it may never happen again.

The veterinary profession has been grappling with one exception, and that is…


So a crazy thing happened recently. After a year of doing amateur stand up around Toronto, I actually made some money doing stand up! I am not talking about free drink tickets or the odd $10, I am talking about an amount of money that you would sit back and say, “Hmmm, what should I do with that money?”. That is not to say that the drink tickets and the $10 are not greatly appreciated, because they are. It is amazing when any producer will share the spoils of a night of comedy. …


I was working at a booth at some sort of animal expo for my employer years ago. I was the only veterinarian there, so even though my specialty is cancer surgery, I was fielding all sorts of animal questions. A couple came up to me very deliberately and asked, “What do you think about AI for bulldogs?”. To which I replied, “I don’t.” Because it’s true. I honestly never think about artificially inseminating bulldogs. Most veterinarians don’t, but maybe we should.

As a veterinarian, I am saddened and sometimes horrified by English and French bulldogs. I know that they are…


Veterinarians are killing themselves. That is a fact. There are a lot of theories about why. It’s complicated. But one thing we know about this difficult profession is that clients can be exceptionally hard on veterinarians. Whether they are asking for unreasonable services or access that you would never dream of asking of a physician, or complaining about costs, or just straight up abusing veterinarians, the client part of this equation is difficult to ignore.

One area that I find troubling is the online trolling and, let’s just call it what it is, abuse. Thinly veiled reviews or not at…


In my Second City comedy class I was old enough to be everyone’s mother. Except that I’m not a mother. I’m barren, which is one of my favourite openers. My classmates were lovely and they embraced me and it was much better than the Improv class I took, where I literally ended up playing everyone’s mother, but I definitely felt different. I had a career, a car and I had seen some things. When we were supposed to come up with a story in class to work out some jokes, I felt like I was an old oracle, telling tales…


Emotional blackmail is the new term being used to characterize the pressure that clients put on veterinarians to care for their pets, to feel guilty about charging, and for making money. It has catapulted our profession into a crisis of burnout, compassion fatigue and suicide.

Veterinarians are currently the profession with the highest rate of suicide. There are so many factors that contribute to making this profession the hardest job you will ever love.

One new aspect is media reaction. They are killing us. Literally. There have been several high-profile stories in the press recently where a pet owner takes…


Looking back, it is not at all surprising that I got Shingles. At the time, I couldn’t believe it was happening, because I was only 44 years old. Up until this point, I didn’t really know what Shingles was. I thought it was just an inconvenient little rash that old people get when they are stressed. Shingles is a form of the chicken pox virus. It can stay latent in your nervous system for decades and return with a vengeance if your immune system lets its guard down.

We were in the process of moving from Florida, where I worked…

Dr Sarah Boston

Dr Sarah Boston is a veterinary surgical oncologist, author, survivor and stand up comedian. https://drsarahboston.com

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