Dr. April Kung graduated from the Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 2011. She has worked as a small animal veterinarian in Emergency Medicine as well as General Practice. Her previous professional background includes a career in corporate advertising and communications.
Who are your favorite authors?
Carl Sagan, Leonard Shlain, Thomas Hager. I admire these authors because they write about scientific truth in creative ways. Their works reveal the sublime beauty, elegance and poetry of the natural world. These authors portray the scientific method as the courageous and adventurous endeavor it is to help us better appreciate the fruits of scientific exploration which so enrich our existence. They remind us how hard won scientific progress is lest we take for granted how far the human species has come, lest we take for granted the benefits we enjoy on a daily basis.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read exclusively non-fiction. I think this speaks to my workaholic, achievement oriented nature. Even if I'm doing something for pleasure, I can't seem to indulge myself unless there is something I will learn from it; some new source of inspiration that can fuel me, some new way of seeing the world that I can use to infuse my own writing.
Book 3 of the On Being a Veterinarian Series dispels two important myths about practicing small animal medicine, and provides detailed practical advice to future veterinarians to help them avoid some of the most common mistakes new practitioners make in deciding where to work and how to practice.
The On Being a Veterinarian Series gives pre-vet and veterinary students a glimpse into what it's really like to be a small animal veterinarian. Book 1 puts the reader in the doctor's shoes for a day to illustrate the importance of emotional resilience. Tools for building resilience are provided, as are scientific explanations for how and why they work.