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Dr Hunter Finn of Pet Method: 5 Things I Wish Someone Told Me When I First Became A Doctor

Everyone told me how hard it would be being a business owner (It’s harder than I could have ever imagined but I love it every single day and am thankful for the challenges because it gives me a chance to become better).

As part of my series about healthcare leaders, I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Hunter Finn.

America’s Favorite (TikTok Viral) Veterinarian, Dr. Hunter Finn, D.V.M., is a general practice veterinarian and owner of Pet Method in McKinney, TX. With more than 2 million followers on TikTok and nearly 500,000 followers on Instagram, Dr. Finn has found a way to educate pet owners far beyond his own vet clinic. He uses TikTok to educate and dance along with his followers, while sharing random helpful facts about our favorite furry loved ones as he is passionate about improving the lives of pets and helping them live longer, healthier lives while also strengthening the bond with their owners.

Thank you so much for joining us in this interview series! What is your “backstory”?

I am a small-town, introverted kid from Louisiana that had big dreams of helping animals so I figured why not become a veterinarian! It’s the perfect job to repay the love that animals give us.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started your career?

Oh, I have a list of mistakes that I have made, but I would say that one that sticks in my mind was when I was in the middle of spaying a female dog, I asked my technician if this dog was a boy or a girl. Well, you can only spay female dogs so that answered my question and I guess my brain was just on autopilot focusing on the surgery. Anyways, in the veterinary field, you can be the absolute best doctor in the world, but if you misspeak and call someone’s dog the wrong gender the trust in you is out of the window. I now rehearse calling the dog the right name and gender before I go into ANY exam room.

Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?

The above answers this question. I will always rehearse if this animal is a boy or girl and get the name right before entering a room because that matters to clients just as much as the quality of medicine.

Are you working on any new or exciting projects now?

I just opened up my brand new animal hospital in McKinney Texas! It’s been so exciting/stressful at the same time, along with a few other potential things in the works. We are working on a podcast, tv series, and a few social media projects that I can’t release just yet. Just know the goal for me is to leave veterinary care — and the people who provide it –better than where I found it.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?

I wouldn’t say it is just one person that I can attribute my success to but more so rather a subset of people. My success has always been driven by others who support me because I am so hard on myself and my own worst critic. My family has always supported me in whatever I wanted to do so they have been such a huge help for me.

Is there a particular book that made an impact on you? Can you share a story?

I have read David Goggins book Can’t Hurt Me twice and am working on a third time. It is such an eye-opening book and I encourage everyone to read it at least once.

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?

By empowering pet parents with knowledge to keep their pets safe and healthy for as long as possible. I want to leave this world knowing I not only helped animals that come into my hospital but also animals that I could never reach without social media by providing their owners with pet tips and potentially life-saving information. I am opening up multiple hospitals to help train a better version of veterinary medicine through our systems and specific style of care. I want veterinary staff to continue to love their job and the current model of veterinary medicine is creating burnout quickly.

Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story about how that was relevant to you in your own life?

I’m not a big quote guy. I honestly only really live by the quote “Treat others how you would like to be treated.” I feel like this is overlooked, but when you do the right thing over and over again, good things will continue to happen to and for you. This is true in my life circumstances and every challenge that has been presented to me is for a specific reason. 3 years ago I used to sit on my couch with my dogs and visualize my dream life and never would have imagined I could have achieved all of this in such a short amount of time.

Can you share your top three “lifestyle tweaks” that will help people feel great?

1) Stop looking for an escape through drugs/alcohol 2) Exercise every single day 3) Take your pets on a walk daily

What are your “5 Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before I Started” and why. (Please share a story or example for each.)

1) People told me everything I needed to know before I started. You just don’t believe them until you live it for yourself.

2) Everyone told me how hard it would be to get into vet school (took me two years of trying to get accepted).

3) Everyone told me how hard it would be to survive vet school (It was more difficult than I can explain).

4) Everyone told me to be careful posting on social media and I was damaging my self-image (I love my self-image and what I’m doing).

5) Everyone told me how hard it would be being a business owner (It’s harder than I could have ever imagined but I love it every single day and am thankful for the challenges because it gives me a chance to become better).

If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of wellness to the most amount of people, what would that be?

One movement that I will absolutely start before I leave this world is reducing the number of shelter animals by ⅔. Everyone will call me crazy but we have a major problem of stray animals, animals without homes, and animals in the shelters and I am going to help start the resolution to this problem. It starts with people. It is a people problem.

We are very blessed that some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment read this column. Is there a person in the world, or in the US whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might just see this if we tag them :-)

I would love to speak with Alex Hormozi. He and his wife are just absolutely crushing it in the entrepreneurial space and I find his insights so different than the way I have perceived things before.

What is the best way our readers can follow you online?

They can find me on all socials dr.hunterfinn

Thank you so much for these wonderful insights!

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