As a veterinarian and medical writer, my skill set allows me to communicate technical medical information to health professionals including veterinarians, technicians, physicians, nurses, sales reps and others. As an outgoing, 'people' person, I also enjoy translating medical information into bite-sized pieces that non-medical people can easily understand. In fact, talking to pet owners about symptoms, diagnostic tests and treatment plans was one of my greatest joys during my time in private practice.
I received an undergraduate degree in English and Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame. After working in an orthopedic research laboratory at the University of Wisconsin—Madison for two years, I entered the School of Veterinary Medicine there. In 1999, I received my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree and license and went on to complete an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the North Carolina State University School of Veterinary Medicine. Upon completion of that program, I worked as a full time associate in small animal private practice for 3 years and then began work as a relief veterinarian.
My passion for medical writing began in the exam room with clients while I explained the health problems facing their pet, the indicated tests and the treatment plans. Regardless of the severity of the pet's problem, every owner had the same questions centered around quality of care, cost of tests and treatments and the prognosis. People are emotional, often confused or scared and usually very sad when their pet is diagnosed with any type of illness and they need someone compassionate, knowledgeable and approachable to explain the issues and present options in a way they can understand. I handle these situations well because after hundreds of conversations about pet health with many different types of people, I began to see how to best connect with people, earn their trust and guide them through such difficult moments. It's a skill all veterinarians need but not all can express or have the time to learn how to do.
The key is to relate technical medical information in a way the client can easily understand. That varies from person-to-person. Writing is an excellent means for me to relate medical information to people who don't have a medical background in a way that puts them more at ease and helps them to feel they have some power and control over certain aspects of their pet's outcome.
Medical writing also helps me share information between physicians, veterinarians and the public. Now, more than ever, with events such as the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the canine influenza outbreak in Chicago, the avian influenza outbreak among poultry flocks in the U.S. and Canada, food born illnesses and the emergence of antimicrobial resistance, an open dialogue between public health and animal health professionals is paramount to protecting all of us.
Currently, I am a freelance medical writer and practicing veterinarian. I am a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Medical Writers’ Association.
I look forward to working with you.
Sincerely, Kathy Adamson, DVM