This series highlights members of IDEXX Telemedicine Consultants as they discuss their individual career paths, passions and provide words of wisdom for fellow Veterinary Radiologists planning their careers.
Michael Bailey DVM, DACVR, AAAS
Role at IDEXX Telemedicine: As Assistant Medical director, I consider myself a facilitator for Pets, clients, consultants, business, veterinary students, residents, anyone who needs facilitation.
Undergraduate Studies: Scarlet Knights: Animal sciences at Rutgers university
Vet School: Golden Tigers: The historic HBCU Tuskegee University in Alabama.
Residency: The Spartans: Michigan State University
Share a memory from your residency: My first 6 weeks of the residency I spent working the small and large animal floors so I would understand what the Radiology Technicians did.
Additional Experience: Spent a lot of my time training for Radiation therapy, CT, MRI and Nuclear medicine at human facilities
Additional Education/Training: AAAS/AVMA Congressional fellowship on Capital hill.
Why did you choose your career? Ever since being very young animals seemed to trust me. My parents said the animal listened and responded to me, and I to them.
Passions/interests: Photography, working on things-taking them apart and putting back together (most of the time).
Inspirational insights for new Radiologists entering the workforce: Seek out mentors that can share life experiences with you and listen. Your phone is not a mentor, it is a tool.
What is your favorite thing about Veterinary Radiology? Solving the puzzle.
Do you have a favorite imaging modality and why? It may seem old fashioned but I like making the radiograph work and figuring out how to get a better/more diagnostic image from the radiographic process. I like it all and if I was still in academia would do MRI functional imaging.
What do you enjoy about your position with IDEXX: I am asked to solve business puzzles and make the business of imaging grow so we can better serve the lives of pets.
What tips would you like to share with Radiologists interested in Telemedicine? Keep connected with your colleagues and remember the study is a patient that is depending on your skills.
Tips on how to prepare for and then finally take boards: DO not isolate yourselves to Veterinary literature. Read human sources also to see how they do it. European journals are a little more down to earth and practical.
Are there telemedicine myths you’d like to bust? Telemedicine is draining the veterinary schools. We are working with several schools to add depth to their programs and any IDEXX team member can do the same.
Do you have suggestions for those planning to work at home? Have a comfortable work environment, Reduce distractions but do not make your environment sterile. Do what works for you. Your work station is a medical tool. Keep the monitors adjusted properly, and reference texts close at hand. Sometimes flip the image opposite to normal to force yourself to look closer and play with your mind a little.
What other information would you like to highlight about our team? The Teams are great. Everyone communicates online about funny, weird items they just saw, “Dragonisms”, and when together at a meeting everyone have fun getting to know the disembodied person they have been communicating with.
Share a memory of a life event and how it has shaped you today? Moving from New Jersey to Alabama, Traveling in India, we are all connected and can learn from each other.
Tell us what your perfect day looks like: I get up every day, take the dog for a long walk and watch the sun come up, a bee in a flower or the snow falling on a quiet road. Rabbit tracks and Hawk signs.
Tell us about the animal companions in your life: We have a middle age rescue, Blaze. His genetic tests say he is a Jindo, A Korean Shepard, yeah I never heard of one either but he looks just like the Wiki page. My last dog was a Lab Nyah and she was empathic. Nyah knew my moods and would response in a way that told me my mood. She helped me become a better person.
If you’d like to learn more about Telemedicine with IDEXX, email us today!