016: What To Expect From Your First Year In Vet School w/ Zach Lake
Remember your first year in vet school? How about the application process? Everyone has a different path that leads them to vet school, but once there, we all go through the same classes, lectures, and labs. Today we talk to Zach Lake, a first-year vet student, about his fresh off the press experience and how he gets through it. Zach is a first-year veterinary student at CSU, where he also got his undergraduate degree in zoology in 3 years. Today he talks to us about how he approached the application process, takes us behind the scenes on the first week at CSU’s vet school, and how the program talks to students about finances. We discuss the diversity of people who end up together in vet school, and the balance of competition with collaboration among them. Zach also opens up about his journey with OCD and how he strives to find balance alongside productivity. He gives his advice to future vet students about everything from the application and interview to balancing studies with hobbies and getting through the first year. In this episode: How to leverage free time in undergrad to prep yourself for vet school The rumored recommended number of vet experience hours to be competitive on your application The importance of making time for hobbies while in a competitive program An in-depth view of what the interview process is like at CSU How his class finds a balance between competition and collaboration Quotes: If I’m only doing [school], I’m also not spending my time efficiently, because I’m not going to have a life. 22:30 “Get up and walk around, because if you don’t, you’re just sitting at that desk all day, same seat, same lecture hall. You’ve got to get up and move around because that first day felt like a million hours long.” 44:40 “Even though you’re competing with these people to get in, eventually everyone is going to be colleagues.” 1:00:55 Links: Enjoying the show? Help support Podcast A Vet on Patreon! Find the full show notes here Keep up with everything Podcast A Vet Follow Podcast A Vet on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram Join our community of dedicated vet professionals looking to improve their practices and lives in our free Facebook community
17 Apr 2018
043: How To Conquer The Mental Challenges In School & Beyond w/ Luke Bass
A self-proclaimed ‘dude with a truck’, Dr. Luke Bass takes his passion for horses and love of helping people and animals everywhere he goes. After admittedly spending more time at the party than the library in his first years of schooling, Luke learned from his mistakes and pulled up his bootstraps to pave his way to an impressive resume and thriving career in the equine field. Nowadays, he spends his time training equine veterinary students in the field and has a seat on the CSU admission board, among many other hobbies and projects. Today Luke is sharing what can set you apart from the crowd in applications, why it's not always about the grades, and why you should be making self-care a priority. Everything from gangsta rap, to acknowledging your own self-flaws, and how to communicate what you are worth, is on the panel. Prepare yourself for a no holds barred episode as Luke cuts the curtain and gets real about how to succeed in veterinary medicine and in life. Do you share a similar equine passion? Inspired by Lukes approach to problem-solving? Let us know your thoughts on today's discussion in the comments on the episode page! In This Episode How the rodeo can prepare you to become a veterinarian Thriving off the mental challenge of multitasking Keeping your options open to find your passion Common business questions asked by veterinary students in training A look at the options out there for an equine general practitioner Quotes “It's one of those things that like throughout my life I’ve realized, you don't have time to think about things, you just have to react. And that's how it is with veterinary medicine. Sometimes in an emergency, you can’t think and go look up a dose of steroids or whatever the case, you just have to know and go. And I think that is some of the thrill of the fun of it all.” (17:11) “I think people who are listening who are in veterinary school, just enjoy the ride, have fun. Don't worry so much about every single test, there is more to it.” (35:33) “I don't think you know what your passion is until you have explored everything else. And you try it, and you see what really gets you.” (41:19) “If you want a key to our rotation its preparation and teamwork. And the rest will take care of itself. We’ll teach you anything you need to know, just please put in the time.” (49:14) “It's just so rewarding to see that student who on day one couldn't even draw up that sedation in a syringe, to the second week they are asking, ‘can I come back and spend another week?’. I love that, I love them wanting to push themselves because they had some faculty members that expected them to give 100% every day.” (51:52) “I think we have to take care of ourselves in the process. Because if not, you will wake up in five years and be unhappy and burnt out and then what?" (57:58) Links Enjoying these stories? Consider supporting Podcast A Vet on Patreon & check out our awesome patron-only perks! Close Your Eyes Till You’re 29 by Gary Vaynerchuk PAV 026: Christine Hardy Find the full show notes here Keep up with everything Podcast A Vet Follow Podcast A Vet on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram Join our free community of dedicated vet professionals looking to improve their practices and lives in our free Facebook community! We'd love it (and you) if you would take 1 minute and leave us a review on iTunes!
30 Oct 2018
078: How To Make Sure You Have The Right Vetitude w/ Lauren Smith
Lauren Smith, DVM, is a small animal veterinarian from New York who has taken her passion for vet med to the depths of the internet writing various blogs for sites such as Dr. Andy Roark, and her own site, The Vetitude. Now in the process of transitioning from clinic work to her own relief business, Lauren is here to talk about everything from entrepreneurship to empathy and how to deal with haters in your comments section. A self-described ambivert who found a safe haven in academics, Lauren has a wide range of stories and life experience to share with you today. Learn how ROSS University of Vet School helped equip her to deal with what life and the Universe throw at you, ways to work through the anxiety that may be stopping you from achieving your dream, and how to have more empathy and less compassion fatigue with your peers and clients. If you struggle to understand things from a clients perspective, want to increase your charisma in the exam room, or are having a hard time narrowing in on the core values you need in a workplace, Lauren is here to help guide you in the right direction. Are you ready to build up your empathy muscle and come to terms with the reality that nobody is perfect? Share what you learned most from Lauren’s perspective in the comments on the episode page. In This Episode Tools to understand a clients perspective in a non-judgemental and empathetic way How to have more empathy for yourself, your teammates and your clients What to do when a client asks you what you would do in their position Understanding how the way you dress can convey power and charisma Fostering open communication through self-care and identifying your core values Quotes “I definitely like the puzzle of putting together the diagnostics and figuring out what is going on with animals. Dealing with a complex DKA or an IMHA, I'm really in my element with those.” (19:33) “More than anything, those core values, finding a place that matches your core values is going to be the most important thing in finding a job where you are happy. Because if you are surrounded by people who are doing things that don't fit your value set, you are never going to be happy.” (27:03) “We need to have more empathy for ourselves, for our teammates and for our clients. And I think those are the three things I really try to emphasize in what I try to tackle with the vetitude.” (33:58) “Empathy is a self-renewing resource, the more we practice it the more we have. And actually the less compassion fatigue we get because we are building up that empathy muscle.” (37:43) Links The Vetitude Website The Vetitude Instagram The Vetitude Facebook Lauren Smith DVM Website Dr. Andy Roark Website The Real Reason Your Wait At The Vet's Office Is So Long by Lauren Smith These Are My Thoughts When I Lose A Patient by Lauren Smith Thank You for Not Judging Me by Lauren Smith Enjoying these stories? Consider supporting Podcast A Vet on Patreon & check out our awesome patron-only perk Find the full show notes here Keep up with everything Podcast A Vet Follow Podcast A Vet on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram Join our free community of dedicated vet professionals looking to improve their practices and lives in our free Facebook community! We'd love it (and you) if you would take 1 minute and leave us a review on iTunes!
2 Jul 2019
029: How To Stand Out With Your Vet School Application w/ Gretchen Delcambre
Two of the most common holdups potential students have before applying to vet school are how to make sure your application stands out, and whether or not vet school is the right path for you in the first place. Today, Gretchen Delcambre, director of vet school admissions to Colorado State answers everything you need to know before you submit your application to vet school. Gretchen describes the application process, how to set your application apart from the crowd, and why grades aren’t everything. Gretchen focuses on Colorado State’s selection process and the criteria they are looking for, breaks down how they narrow down the 2200 annual candidates, and the importance of hearing the whole story of an applicant. She will put to rest your worries about having a perfect 4.0 GPA, why you should focus on what makes you different and highlights the other things on your application that can be even more important than grades. In This Episode A breakdown of the vet school application process Why it's not a bad plan to apply to multiple schools The ‘holistic review process’ What it's like to be in a relationship with another veterinarian The importance of experience over grades Perseverance and why you should keep applying even if you don't get in the first few times Quotes “Even though I didn't know exactly what I wanted to do, it was just going to open more doors. So that's why I jumped into vet med.” (6:49) “When this admissions position came up there was someone who sort of rang the bell and said ‘hey you should really look at this’ and I did and it was the right fit for me because the admissions position, I am really advocating for our profession and needing a diverse group of students coming in to go and fill all the crazy niches in the profession” (23:14) “Part of our holistic process is we can look at stories even within transcripts. We understand that sometimes college is a hard transition for students coming out of high school. So sometimes you might not rock out those A’s and B’s in the first semester or second semester. What we are looking for is those upper division sciences… we are really looking at upper trends towards those last years. It's not about that shiny 4.0 it's more about the growth.” (30:49) “Once you get into vet school, take that pressure off yourself, it's about learning the material not making the grades.” (34:38) Links Enjoying these stories? Consider supporting Podcast A Vet on Patreon & check out our awesome patron-only perks! CSU DVM Program For DVM Admissions questions, email DVMAdmissions@colostate.edu For tours and advising appointments for anyone not currently a CSU undergraduate and within 1 year of applying, email DVMTours@colostate.edu Find the full show notes here Keep up with everything Podcast A Vet Follow Podcast A Vet on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram Join our free community of dedicated vet professionals looking to improve their practices and lives in our free Facebook community!
17 Jul 2018
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017: How To Thrive As A Veterinarian When Life Serves You Lemons w/ Jeanne Ficociello
Sometimes life serves you giant problems, and you face the choice of whether or not you're going to live fully. Jeanne Ficociello is a veterinarian and close friend of mine who has lived vivaciously in spite of an advanced kidney disease, and today she shares some of the keys to that resiliency with us. Dr. Jeanne Ficociello is an excellent internal veterinary specialist from Boston and a dear friend from CSU. Today she tells us about her experience of being a successful veterinary specialist while also living with an advanced kidney disease. We also discuss how to manage boundaries with clients, dealing with bad days at work, and how to avoid burnout and compassion fatigue. She also tells us the story of how her kidney donor revealed themselves to her on Valentine’s Day! In this episode: Some tips on staying positive and upbeat when life serves you lemons How to avoid burnout or compassion fatigue, especially as a veterinarian Her thoughts on Dr. Google The story of the first transplant surgeon ever and what made his such a great doctor Quotes: “It’s been a part of my life for so long. I’m very open about it. It’s part of who I am” 12:37 “So many veterinarians are compassionate and caring and intensively obsessed with their patients and clients, and it’s just not always healthy.” 29:13 “People know their pets. They may act all crazy, but people know their animals.” 44:37 Links: Enjoying the show? Help support Podcast A Vet on Patreon! Find the full show notes here Keep up with everything Podcast A Vet Follow Podcast A Vet on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram Join our community of dedicated vet professionals looking to improve their practices and lives in our free Facebook community!
24 Apr 2018
050: The Power Of Positive Reinforcement To Direct Behaviors w/ Mark Stetter
Can you think of anything cooler than riding into a veterinary conference on a mountain bike in head to toe gear? Try adding being the Dean of College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at CSU, a DVM, board-certified zoo medicine, and the previous director of animal operations for Walt Disney Company, among others, to the list. This resume could belong to none other than Dr. Mark Stetter, an awesome conversationalist, and today's guest. Dr, Stetter is passionate about creating a culture focused on listening, passion and open communication in order for students to take care of themselves and feed their souls. He believes in hands-on experience and using positive reinforcement to direct behavior to better understand and utilize animal, and human, reactions. If you have ever been curious about what a laparoscopic vasectomy on an elephant in the middle of the African desert is like, what is involved in a typical day at the Bronx Zoo, or how the Walt Disney Company handled and cared for their animals, this episode has got you covered. From beluga whales to cobra snakes and bison, Dr. Stetter’s ‘typical day’ is a wild adventure and a great story filled with lots of wisdom. Join in for this conversation and a wealth of knowledge on an incredibly diverse range of topics. Do you use positive reinforcement in your own daily life? Let us know in the comments on the episode page! In This Episode Creating a culture where ‘its okay to ask’ Using the human health model to improve the efficiency of animal health A look at the social dynamics of bringing large animals together Recognizing and appreciating the behaviors you think are important Why student debt is on par with health and wellbeing as the most significant issues in the field Quotes “We really have spent a lot of time saying what can we do to help nurture our students? Every single one that we admit we hope walks across four years later with a diploma. And if there are things that we can do to help during their college time or after, to make sure we have given them the fundamentals to stay healthy and not burn out and not have issues when they enter the workforce, that's hugely important to us.” (7:03) “I think veterinary schools realized probably 5 or 6 years ago, whether that be through terrible things like suicide issues, or mental health or substance abuse, divorce, there is a significant problem in veterinary schools. And now probably in the last 3 or 4 years, we started looking at that as a profession versus just within our ranks.” (12:10) “Whatever we can do to see a behavior, animal or human, that we like, and then use positive reinforcement, the chances of that behavior happening over and over again are obviously incrementally more likely.” (37:13) “I kind of got lost along the way and then I jumped in here. So it has been a wonderful journey, but my road there is a little bit less traditional.” (47:12) “My profession, my 20 or 30 years has been about fixing things and making things better and working in collaborative ways to address whatever issues are out there. Whether that be at Walt Disney World or the Zoo world or here in Colorado, that's what I would do and that's irrelevant of which animals I'm working with.” (50:26) Links College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences Website C. Wayne McIlwraith Translational Medicine Institute Find the full show notes here Keep up with everything Podcast A Vet Follow Podcast A Vet on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram Join our free community of dedicated vet professionals looking to improve their practices and lives in our free Facebook community! We'd love it (and you) if you would take 1 minute and leave us a review on iTunes!
18 Dec 2018
049: What Excellence In The Veterinary Field Really Looks Like w/ Dr. Tracey Jensen
Dr. Tracey Jensen is a board certified canine and feline practitioner, certified acupuncturist, practice owner, past president of the AAHA and president-elect of the ABVP. Suffice to say, Tracey has an impressive resume, and her impressive communication skills and attention to listening make her all the more a wonderful guest on today's episode. Transitioning from being a single doctor hospital to the AAHA Veterinary Hospital of the year in 2012, Tracey knows what she's talking about when it comes to building your own practice and working hard to play hard. Tracey looks to live life from the inside out instead of the outside in, and advocates for experiencing excellence as a journey, not a destination. Everything from what its like to run with the AAHA crowd, to tips for those who want to become their own practice owners, Tracey is a wealth of knowledge and an inspiring example of confidence in the veterinary world. Learn everything from what skills you need to become Practice Of The Year, to finding multiple avenues to setting and achieving high standards for yourself, and the ability to recognize when its time to leave your practice in capable hands and move on to other pursuits. Tracey is driven to constantly better herself because of the people she serves and is an excellent example for any veterinary professional. Do you relate to Tracey’s passion for seeking new adventures while seeking ownership as a veterinarian? Let us know in the comments section! In This Episode Burnout, compassion fatigue, and tools to overcome them Understanding empathy, how to express it and use it on a daily basis How your peers and teachers can be instrumental to the veterinarian you become Finding your inherent strengths and exploring your potential Setting a culture that puts the client relationship first and nurtures success Quotes “I think that in spending so much time in my head thinking about what I needed to do with their pet, I lost the fact that there was a person on the end of the leash with their own perspectives, their own history, knowledge base, their way of learning. I didn’t take the moment to listen and actually get to know that client and how to work with them.” (7:21) “Instead of assuming the worst of people, try to understand where they are coming from and assume the best.” (9:31) “You can live your life from the outside in, ‘oh my gosh all of this is happening’, or you can live your life from the inside out, ‘what am I going to do with this? What am I in control of?’” (27:47) “Just like AAHA exists to help support practices that are always striving for excellence in patient, team and client care, ABVP recognizes and certifies veterinarians who practice and are always trying to practice, at the highest level possible in general practice." (37:27) “I was drawn to this profession, I thought because I wanted to do research. But where my path has taken me is that its actually because of love for people and animals. And I see that in all of my veterinary colleagues, my support staff of veterinarians.” (46:00) Links Blue Heron Consulting Firm Find the full show notes here Keep up with everything Podcast A Vet Follow Podcast A Vet on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram Join our free community of dedicated vet professionals looking to improve their practices and lives in our free Facebook community! We'd love it (and you) if you would take 1 minute and leave us a review on iTunes!
11 Dec 2018
097: Exploring All Your Possible Opportunities With No Regrets w/ Chris Chase
Chris Chase believes in the necessity of the spiritual, mental and educational aspects to becoming a great veterinarian. A DVM, speaker, educator, and chief scientific officer at RTI, Chris is a trained classic virologist and immunologist who uses his unconditional love and commitment to make the profession a better place. A South Dakota native who is passionate about the need to be involved in some level of practice despite your current field, Chris is here to shine a light on microbiology and viruses as well as the importance of exploring all of your possible opportunities with no regrets. Diving deep into the complexities of an animal’s microbiome, the financial implications of scientific research, the importance of developing your ‘soft’ skills, and so much more, Chris is a wealth of knowledge for anyone looking to foster a sense of adventure and a child-like fascination with the world. Do you have a vision of what your veterinary career may look like 10, 20 or 30 years into the future? Share what you learned from Chris today in the comments on the episode page. In This Episode How to embrace variety as the spice of life in work and play A deep look into decades of change in organized veterinary medicine Analyzing the role of business and ROI in the field of scientific exploration The importance of figuring out what you do want to do as well as what you don’t Understanding how the gut and the immune system interact with each other in animals Quotes “If you are going to be good at research or anything else outside of veterinary medicine practice, you got to know what is going on in practice.” (5:03) “I find everything interesting, there is just not anything I don’t find interesting. It has always been me. And that frustrates some people because in academia when I get reviewed they always walk in like ‘here is your program, you just do this little piece of the puzzle and that is your focus. Focus, focus, focus’. And I am certainly not.” (23:47) “Most of the time I can see what I don’t want to be or what I don’t want to do, and figure out what you can do to limit that or make sure that you don’t make those same mistakes.” (26:03) “Here is something that is sort of new and novel to me, I sort of turn it around like a Rubix cube in every way that I can to figure out how I can run with that with what I am doing.” (37:52) “What is really important to me is to figure out what you don’t want to do. Because the worst thing you can do is go downstream in something and realize ‘I hate this’.” (56:28) Links RTI Website Enjoying these stories? Consider supporting Podcast A Vet on Patreon & check out our awesome patron-only perk Find the full show notes here Keep up with everything Podcast A Vet Follow Podcast A Vet on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram Join our free community of dedicated vet professionals looking to improve their practices and lives in our free Facebook community! We'd love it (and you) if you would take 1 minute and leave us a review on iTunes!
12 Nov 2019
085: How To Survive & Thrive in Veterinary School w/ Chloe Muir
Chloe Muir is about to enter her third year of veterinary school and has a wide range of experience under her belt already. Having just returned from working at a clinic in Kathmandu, Nepal, as well as a stint at a pop-up clinic in Guatemala, Chloe is an expert in the challenges of doing veterinary work abroad and the importance of being resourceful. On this special ‘back to school’ episode, Chloe shares stories of her adventures, inspirational tips for fellow veterinary students, and reflects on the journey that brought her here. Learn why she equates veterinary medicine to summiting a mountain, why she thinks we need to talk more about student debt and get into the mind of a modern veterinary student. If you are looking to get into the mind of an almost graduated veterinary student, or are hoping to open up the conversation to become more resourceful, this is the episode for you. How did your experience in veterinary school shape your career? Share with us in the comments on the episode page. In This Episode Explore the connection between hiking and veterinary medicine Takeaways from practicing veterinary medicine abroad with limited resources Reflecting on the highs and lows of veterinary school Why studying does not always equal more success of happiness Advice to vet students who are struggling and ways to look ahead Quotes “I think a lot of it is just realizing the world is so big, and I think I have moved a little bit, but I haven't really seen very much. And so I think there is just this curiosity of seeing what it is like everywhere else, especially with veterinary medicine.” (22:25) “When you summit a mountain you are very focused on a goal, but you don't realize all the great things you pass on the way up, and I think vet school is like that too.” (26:24) “I know that there is a ton of knowledge in my brain right now, even though it doesn't feel like it sometimes. So I think getting to actually apply it is going to be such a cool feeling.” (32:49) “I really honestly performed the same, or better probably, by taking a step back.” (36:52) Links Enjoying these stories? Consider supporting Podcast A Vet on Patreon & check out our awesome patron-only perk Find the full show notes here Keep up with everything Podcast A Vet Follow Podcast A Vet on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram Join our free community of dedicated vet professionals looking to improve their practices and lives in our free Facebook community! We'd love it (and you) if you would take 1 minute and leave us a review on iTunes!
20 Aug 2019
041: What To Do About The Wage Gap w/ Dr. Nate Daughenbaugh
No matter what type of veterinary professional you are, there are some issues that affect pretty much all of us. We are digging into some of the deep questions with Dr. Nate Daughenbaugh today and tackling topics such as the wage gap, gender inequality, and dealing with anxiety and depression. Dr. Daughenbaugh is a native of one of the most beautiful places in the world, Steamboat Springs, Colorado, and has had quite the journey to bring him back home. Born and raised on a cattle ranch, a former Marine and Army member, and current DVM, Dr. Daughenbaugh has had his fill of life experiences and is here to share his knowledge and passion with the Podcast A Vet Community. This episode is not only a great recap of Dr. Daughenbaugh’s incredible life, but also a tool of inspiration and influence for each of us on our own veterinary journeys. Do you have something to add to the safe space for discussion created today? Leave your thoughts in the comments on the episode page! In This Episode Putting life in the military into perspective A look into the invaluable service ranchers provide to the public The multiple benefits Jiu-Jitsu can have in your mindset and life Steps you can take to decrease the wage gap between vet professionals and human medical doctors How being a dad changes your professional life Quotes “I grew up in the agriculture business, in the agriculture community. I thought it was a very beneficial way to grow up. Being around all kinds of different animals, that hard lifestyle but very rewarding.” (3:09) “I wouldn't change anything. I've enjoyed every stage of my life and I've been very comfortable with the decisions I've made.” (27:32) “It's such a hard balance to walk that line between providing affordable good quality health care to animals, but still getting paid for what you are worth. And I think as a profession often times we undercut ourselves” (43:28) “Now that I have a daughter, I can say ‘no’ or ‘no this is something that can wait till tomorrow’, much easier. And that has actually made veterinary medicine more acceptable and fun for me too, cause I've learned to say no and prioritize really what is important and what needs help and what doesn't.” (53:53) “The math is there, it's going to happen, none of us are going to get through our career without making some type of mistake, that will probably cost a life. And that's hard, that's really an emotional thing to deal with” (1:00:36) Links Enjoying these stories? Consider supporting Podcast A Vet on Patreon & check out our awesome patron-only perks! PAV 020: Robin Van Meter PAV 024: Laurie Fonken Find the full show notes here Keep up with everything Podcast A Vet Follow Podcast A Vet on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram Join our free community of dedicated vet professionals looking to improve their practices and lives in our free Facebook community! We'd love it (and you) if you would take 1 minute and leave us a review on iTunes!
16 Oct 2018
068: How To Help The Growing Need For Rural Large Animal Veterinarians w/ Kayle Austin
Kayle Austin is a DVM, Large Animal Practitioner, 2017 CSU grad, and one of the first recipients in Colorado of the Veterinary Education Loan Repayment Program. Today Kayle dives into the four-year commitment she made to work rurally with large animals in order to subsidize her student debt, and why it was one of the best decisions she has made so far. If you have ever been interested in the large animal world, particularly calf and cattle being raised for dairy, Kayle is the expert you need to hear from. She explores the differences between small animal and large animal veterinary medicine, what it is like to be one of the few young women working in the field, and how she ended up running her own successful practice a mere two years after graduation. An advocate for working together and using your resources, Kayle is a testament to the power of determination and never backing down from a challenge. The need for large animal practitioners in Colorado and across the country is constantly growing and with a program like the Veterinary Education Loan Repayment Program you could win the financial lottery just like Kayle. Get ready to have a peek inside a world that you may have never considered before, and be exposed to the benefits, and downfalls, of rural large animal work. Everything from management, to medicine, herd health, and surgery is on the table today as we explore the world of Kayle Austin. Have you applied to any programs that could help alleviate the financial burden of veterinary school? Share your resources in the comments section on the episode page! In This Episode How simple things like milk prices could impact your job as a large animal practitioner Exploring the stereotypes of young female doctors in the large animal community What it is like to run your own practice two years after graduation Incentives to apply for the Veterinary Education Loan Repayment Program Evaluating the role veterinarian's play when raising cattle for dairy or beef Quotes “I think that was the idea behind the program, to help encourage young vets getting out with a big student loan burden to get them out into those rural areas if that's what they wanted and help them make a go if it there.” (6:37) “If you want anything bad enough you know you will get it done and make it happen, but it sure makes it a lot easier to swallow financially.” (12:46) “You have to look at it as production, it is your business, you have to have a little less emotional attachment, unfortunately. And it's hard, it's the black and white of it, it's just the nature of the game.” (41:51) “You are dealing with the rough, gruff country type of people, and I love that personality but not everybody does.” (51:42) “It’s not worth doing if it’s not fun along with way.” (52:36) Links Austin Veterinary Services LLC Find the full show notes here Keep up with everything Podcast A Vet Follow Podcast A Vet on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram Join our free community of dedicated vet professionals looking to improve their practices and lives in our free Facebook community! We'd love it (and you) if you would take 1 minute and leave us a review on iTunes!
23 Apr 2019
038: Processing A Career-Ending Tragedy & Identity Crisis w/ Kristin Gablehouse
We all know that things don’t always go according to plan. Sometimes life’s curveballs result in unexpected opportunities, and sometimes devastating consequences. How can we plan for these unexpected challenges and setbacks, and how can we move forward after them? Kristin Gablehouse shares her amazing story of how she lives life to the fullest after an accident that changed everything. Kristin wasn’t always sure she wanted to be a veterinarian. But she decided to get into it when her mother asked her why she didn’t want to be a “real doctor.” Her tenacity took her on a path full of unexpected twists and turns until a biking accident forced her to reluctantly stop practicing. Never one to be told she can’t do something, Kristin did the only logical thing next, she ran a 100-mile race! In this incredible episode, we discuss the path Kristin took to becoming a vet including how she went from equine surgery to small animals emergency care to day practice. We also talk about what it’s been like coping with an injury that has forced Kristin to leave veterinary medicine and the mindset required to deal with it. Yes, Kristin’s accident prevents her from doing much of what she used to, but I am truly impressed with what she does now and the meaning she finds in the perseverance and persistence that she embodies. Have you ever been forced to make a drastic life or career change because of an unexpected event? What did you learn from the experience? Let me know in the comments on the episode page. In this episode Kristin’s path to becoming a vet The importance of having supportive mentors when learning the ropes of veterinary medicine What it’s like to change career paths midstream Coping with a life-altering incident that impacts your career and your daily life Finding and recognizing gratitude in the face of a difficult situation Why you should set personal goals so you can recognize your growth and improvement Quotes “I ended up quitting. I’d never quit anything in my life and that was devastating. To just feel so defeated and to feel like the bad guys won so to speak. I felt like I had worked so hard to get there. It was the whole reason I had gone to vet school and now I was facing this. If I don’t do this, if I don’t finish this, what am I going to do with my life?” [17:10] “It’s hard to get into vet school. You jump through a lot of hoops. You work really hard. You get good grades. You're used to being the smart kid. And you identify as being someone who is intelligent and high performing. I was very much type A. And you find yourself in this place where suddenly you feel like an idiot and you can’t figure out how to do the simplest things...it’s devastating. The loss of identity and loss of direction is incredibly difficult.” [36:46] “Initially I felt very guilty about feeling sorry for myself because there are those people who have it so much worse. And I finally realized that, yes maybe they have it worse, maybe they have bigger problems, but my problems are still real and have still greatly changed my life. And I was giving myself permission to grieve over those losses.” [53:23] “From an emotional standpoint I was not in a good place and I was really struggling and I knew that I needed to do something for myself. I couldn’t fix my brain, but I could set this goal for myself and I tell myself you know what, I going to try to get back and I’m going to try to run that race. Setting that goal, giving myself something to aim for was really life-changing for me.” [59:03] “I never did all this to be amazing or to be inspiring. It’s really just what I needed to do for myself to give myself that goal and to give myself a reason to get up and get out of my pajamas and do something.” [1:11:16] Links Enjoying these stories? Consider supporting Podcast A Vet on Patreon & check out our awesome patron-only perks! Kristin’s Blog AVMA Disability Insurance Find the full show notes here Keep up with everything Podcast A Vet Follow Podcast A Vet on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram Join our free community of dedicated vet professionals looking to improve their practices and lives in our free Facebook community! We'd love it (and you) if you would take 1 minute and leave us a review on iTunes!
18 Sep 2018
101: Why You Should Dig Deep To Figure Out What You Really Want w/ MJ Hamilton
MJ Hamilton has spent his entire life in veterinary medicine and it has taken him across the country from Las Vegas to Michigan and more. On top of the wild parties he hosted during veterinary school, MJ realized that even though he had a strong love for veterinary practice, not everything was the right fit. After he hit is a critical breaking point, MJ realized he needed to go after his passion rather than the status quo and started PVS Pet Cancer, the world’s first mobile oncology unit. In this episode, MJ gets real about vulnerability and masculinity, how to find a balance, and why he is looking for his happy. By improving the lives of cancer patients, opening up about the dark times of veterinary medicine and appreciating that time really is our biggest commodity, MJ is proof that sometimes we all need somebody to lean on. If you are in the process of figuring out what you want next and need some guidance on finding your happy place, MJ is the expert for you. A story of inspiration and perseverance, MJ is proof that sometimes you need to dig deep to figure out what you really want. How has anxiety and panic impacted your ability to do your job? Share your story with us in the comments on the episode page. In This Episode Addressing the trauma that many experience from imperfect days in the field Tips for getting through a residency by learning to ask for help when you need it What it is like to run the worlds first mobile oncology department The importance of asking your peers how they are doing and ways to combat trauma Advice to fellow veterinarians and strategies for staying balanced Quotes “Being the jack of all trades just didn’t work for me… I realized that I needed to specialize, I needed to just do one thing really well. I started pursuing that more, more my interests, and I always had specialty interests, but then out there I really just said, ‘I gotta do this to survive, I need to just do what works best for my brain’.” (8:44) “It was to kind of find my happy because at that point I had been doing everything for everybody but me.” (25:42) “I was like, you know what, I think I am going to do this. I think I am going to do the first mobile oncology department, and I can still be me but I can do it my way and also be different.” (29:29) “All of these things that we are talking about, taking care of each other, it is a movement now and I really want to support it.” (42:23) Links PVS Private Veterinary Specialties Website PAV 042: Meghann Berglund Enjoying these stories? Consider supporting Podcast A Vet on Patreon & check out our awesome patron-only perk Find the full show notes here Keep up with everything Podcast A Vet Follow Podcast A Vet on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram Join our free community of dedicated vet professionals looking to improve their practices and lives in our free Facebook community! We'd love it (and you) if you would take 1 minute and leave us a review on iTunes!
10 Dec 2019
071: How To Escape Autopilot & Learn To Nurture Yourself w/ Dr. Becky Krull
Do you sometimes feel like you are living your life on autopilot, never truly feeling content and struggling with burnout and compassion fatigue? Dr. Becky Krull was dealing with all of this until she made a change, sought some help, and found her happy again. These feelings are common in veterinary medicine and Dr. Becky is here to share how she discovered her spark again for life, and veterinary medicine, on this episode. After finding an integrative medicine doctor and life coach, Dr. Becky’s life has turned around. She has started to invest in the foundation of herself, and harness her energy to work through the daily struggles and still find a way to smile. Today Dr. Becky is sharing some actions and accountability tools to help you become a better person, how to navigate the tress turmoil and self-worth issues of veterinary medicine, and ways to shift your nurturing nature to provide the best of yourself for everyone, including you. The similar stories many of us share, working too many hours, toxic employees and clients, and not feeling passionate about your work, can all be solved when you are able to recognize your priorities and provide some time for self-care. Once you do the work to learn these tools for yourself, it can change the way you practice, your relationships with others, and how you relate to yourself. Dr. Becky believes in reaching out for help, being intentional with your day, saying no and setting boundaries as the keys to bringing back your inner child and finding your passion again. How does Dr. Becky’s story relate to your own story? Share with us in the comments section on the episode page. In This Episode Becoming aware of your own energy force and how it affects your surroundings Ways to improve your sleep hygiene, stop your insomnia and manage your stress Being intentional about what you do and how you start your day to gain clarity and peace Understanding the homework that takes to change your energy force and self-talk Set your life up for control by following your values and prioritizing time management Quotes “It was becoming more the norm that I was numb to the life around me, and that is not a way I wanted to go through life anymore, and that is when I understood what burnout was.” (3:39) “I hate the word balanced, work-life balance, I don't think that exists. I think what does exist is that for a moment in your life you are going to nurture certain things really well, and at other moments you are going to have to nurture something else really well.” (25:43) “Clearly what I was doing on my own was not working, and I had to do something or I was going to become a statistic of this burnout and compassion fatigue.” (36:33) “I think in veterinary medicine for sure it is feeling worthy and fear of judgment, and we have got to work through where that comes from and how we can get over it.” (42:51) “We all live with the same 24 hours in a day, and it really just depends on how you want to spend those 24 hours, and what you prioritize and your values.” (48:35) Links Dr. Becky Krull Website Follow Dr. Becky Krull on Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn Simply Kerry Life Coaching Website Find the full show notes here Keep up with everything Podcast A Vet Follow Podcast A Vet on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram Join our free community of dedicated vet professionals looking to improve their practices and lives in our free Facebook community! We'd love it (and you) if you would take 1 minute and leave us a review on iTunes!
14 May 2019
095: How To Master Your Work-Life Balance w/ Ryane Englar
Ryane Englar is a DVM certified in canine and feline practice and an assistant professor and clinical education coordinator at Kansas State College of Veterinary Medicine. Ryane works to help her students understand life, connections, and relationships to get to the other side of hardships. Ryane believes that each person is truly enough, and it just takes a bit of sorting out to figure out what that means for each individual person. Through a mastery of work-life balance, finding a passion project such as ballroom dancing and realizing the life that you want as a veterinarian, Ryane is an inspirational teacher and motivator. We all bring different angles and perspectives to academia and our profession, and Ryane loves to have real conversations with her students to embrace this messy thing that we call life and help the new generation pull together instead of being separated by our differences. Through the writing of many books and conversations with many students, Ryane has a handle on learning about yourself and the importance of reaching out to others. What was the last ‘real’ conversation you had with somebody about the successes and failures that you are currently experiencing? Share your story with us in the comments on the episode page. In This Episode Life lessons from the ballroom dance floor and learning how to do things better The importance of reaching out to people and letting someone know you are there How to disagree on issues and still be colleagues that can work together Words to help you be better veterinarians while reminding us that we are all human Why you need a light at the end of the tunnel to funnel your stress into and find pleasure Quotes “I thought all I could ever be was a veterinarian, that was how I defined my whole being, I lived to work and I worked to live. And then I met dance and I met Loel, and I realized a whole person inside of me that I didn’t know existed.” (7:16) “Maybe we all need to think ‘what is enough?’ and change that definition. So that to me is kind of how I am trying to live my life through teaching the students.” (11:25) “We both know that medicine is not easy, you are never going to wake up one day and it is going to be magic and perfect, but why don’t we start giving us tools that can help us succeed better?” (17:14) “That is part of my hope, that maybe someone out there, maybe not even reading the book for its purpose was written for, will say hey, maybe I need to pick up the phone and call somebody.” (26:36) “We don’t need to massive things to change the world or our profession, we just have to be kind to one another.” (31:23) Links Enjoying these stories? Consider supporting Podcast A Vet on Patreon & check out our awesome patron-only perk Find the full show notes here Keep up with everything Podcast A Vet Follow Podcast A Vet on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram Join our free community of dedicated vet professionals looking to improve their practices and lives in our free Facebook community! We'd love it (and you) if you would take 1 minute and leave us a review on iTunes!
29 Oct 2019
045: Why You Should Come First In Your Life w/ Kim Ellis
Kim Ellis has had an incredibly impressive 32-year long career as a CVT and equine nurse and has created a lasting positive impact in the field. Today we are reflecting on highlights throughout her career, finding longevity as a nurse, and her three-year-long battle with breast cancer. A life motto of ‘lean into the collar and go’, developed from a childhood surrounded by horses, Kim is an open book and advocates for taking care of yourself first. Everything from the importance of becoming specialized in your field, to keeping your nurses happy and why Kim loves meditation, are on the table today. In addition to a passionate equine talk, get ready for an honest, open conversation about kicking cancers ass and the struggles and good times that have happened as a result. No topic is off limits today as we explore the emotional and raw side of not only being a vet tech, but also a human. Does Kim’s story of struggle and perseverance resonate with you? We would love to know your thoughts about today's episode, leave us a message in the comments on the episode page! In This Episode Becoming okay with asking for help and putting yourself first The importance of having balance in work and in life What you can learn in the field that you can’t learn in a textbook How the equine field has evolved over the years for veterinary nurses Listening to your body, being in the present and slowing down Quotes “I’m not 110, I’m 150 percent of giving to my job. And I set the example, and I mentor. And that’s when I decided that I needed to take this and just go ahead and retire.” (19:58) “In my entire career I have not been seriously hurt by horses, and its because I take the time with them and read their body languages. That’s hard to teach to somebody, and that's what difficult for students nowadays when they graduate.” (34:08) “I just everyday found excitement in learning something and knew that I was in the right place because I wanted to teach. I just kept myself learning something or developing something or creating something or just ‘go’. Just kept myself going, I never settled, I just wanted to keep expanding.” (44:02) “Get rid of those cellular devices and be in the present. And make memories and be kind to yourself, that’s my tagline… You have to be kind to yourself first before you can be kind to other people. And that’s where I’ve learned to take anything negative and to find the positive.” (52:49) “That longevity, that's what it is. It's these chapters, you want to turn the page, and what is that next chapter. And so you want to keep going, go to the next chapter and see what it reads. That might be what it is. It's a book.” (1:07:02) Links AAEVT PAV 021: Karie Madigan CALM App Find the full show notes here Keep up with everything Podcast A Vet Follow Podcast A Vet on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram Join our free community of dedicated vet professionals looking to improve their practices and lives in our free Facebook community! We'd love it (and you) if you would take 1 minute and leave us a review on iTunes!
13 Nov 2018
The Importance Of Being A Reasonable Freaking Human Being w/ Dr. Erik Hofmeister
Dr. Erik Hofmeister, DVM, DACVVA, DECVAA, MA, MS, has more letters behind his name than in it, but remains humble and focused on how hard someone works over their grades. Currently a Professor of Veterinary Anesthesia at Auburn University, Erik knows a lot about the powers of determination and perseverance. A ‘highschool dropout’ turned academic, Erik has helped many people get into internships, residencies, and faculty positions, and chooses to look at the way someone recovers over how they fail. A believer in finding many different paths to happiness, Erik is here today to dive in-depth into the world of anesthesia, academics, and more to help you optimize your life. If you are able to dedicate yourself to a skill, you can learn how to thrive in veterinary medicine. Erik finds beauty in going unnoticed, loves to encourage people to follow multiple paths, and ultimately works to find happiness and fulfillment for all those he works with. Are you ready to work hard, enjoy the process and be a reasonable freaking human being? Share what you found the most interesting about Erik’s take on academia in the comments on the episode page. In This Episode Exploring the demand for anesthesiologists in private practice and academia Why the anesthesiologist should be the calmest person in the room Finding freedom in autonomy and a results-oriented work environment The importance of being just a reasonable freaking human being How to deal with your income in the right way to reach financial independence Quotes “My wife says its somewhat disingenuous for me to say I am a high school dropout because I left to go to college early.” (24:30) “Its really looking at what is your output rather than your butt in a chair for a certain number of hours a day. Because of the studies on American productivity and how much time we waste during the day.” (33:34) “I enjoy not having the responsibilities of department share… it's really nice just to have my time when I am off clinics. Like I said earlier, to have the autonomy to just be doing what I am doing. I get to read more, and I get to work on my research projects and all those other things I couldn't do as easily as an administrator.” (43:58) “Just be a reasonable freaking human being, doesn't seem like hard criteria, doesn't seem like a high level, but just be a reasonable freaking human being and so many things are better.” (55:20) Links The Vetducator Blog PAV 032: Jon Congdon Mr. Money Mustache Blog Mint.com Enjoying these stories? Consider supporting Podcast A Vet on Patreon & check out our awesome patron-only perk Find the full show notes here Keep up with everything Podcast A Vet Follow Podcast A Vet on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram Join our free community of dedicated vet professionals looking to improve their practices and lives in our free Facebook community! We'd love it (and you) if you would take 1 minute and leave us a review on iTunes!
23 Jul 2019
105: Why You Shouldn't Be Afraid To Push The Boundaries w/ Dr. Sarah Wooten
Dr. Sarah Wooten is a veterinarian who believes in pushing boundaries. An advocate for women in veterinary leadership roles, a writer for Pet MD and DVM 360, restaurant owner as well as the creator of Vets Against Insanity, a ‘cards against humanity’ style game for veterinarians, Sarah is a woman of many hats. Today we are putting the fun back into vet medicine as Sarah gets real on everything from getting over your fear of rejection to eliminating your negative self-talk and expectations. Join in on the discussion around where the veterinary medicine industry currently stands and where it is going, why you need to listen to the messages your body is sending you and explore veterinary medicine from a non-traditional angle. Even if you don’t know what you are doing, Sarah is here to encourage you to keep showing up and trying your best because you are worth it. Are you ready for a roadmap to taking control of your fear and following the doors that open for you? Share your favorite part of today’s episode in the comments on the episode page. In This Episode Techniques to help you put yourself out there and face your fear head-on Common themes in the professional veterinary medicine world right now The importance of conflict management in the workplace to avoid fatigue A look at the amount of quickly changing diversity in veterinary leadership roles How to become more present and increase your recreational time enjoyment Quotes “I didn’t realize that it was a problem for me because I just pushed through it, I would feel dread and anxiety before I was going into the surgeries and I would feel dread and anxiety when I was scrubbing or I would feel it in the morning as I was driving to work because I didn’t know what I had on my board for that day, and I would feel it Friday afternoon about having to go to work on Monday morning. And it just became such a nightmare for me, and I didn’t know that that was not normal.” (11:19) “It’s not ‘wait until you have the courage’, its ‘do it when you are scared’ anyways.” (16:50) “You get to a place where you just don’t really care anymore. I mean you care, but you don’t care in such a way that you let it get in the way of what you are on this planet to do.” (23:45) “A lot of us have forgotten that we are badasses, that we actually got into vet school, that we’re amazing, strong, resilient, powerful people, superheroes, and we’ve accepted another story about ourselves.” (28:00) “Vets need to be making more money, we need to have better balance within our work lives and our personal lives, and we gotta figure out how veterinary medicine looks in this new world we are creating. Because I guarantee you, the world that my children live in is a very different world than I live in.” (40:03) Links Purchase Vets Against Insanity Here Dr. Sarah Wooten website Enjoying these stories? Consider supporting Podcast A Vet on Patreon & check out our awesome patron-only perk Find the full show notes here Keep up with everything Podcast A Vet Follow Podcast A Vet on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram Join our free community of dedicated vet professionals looking to improve their practices and lives in our free Facebook community! We'd love it (and you) if you would take 1 minute and leave us a review on iTunes!
7 Jan 2020
048: An Inside Look At The Growing World Of Veterinary Dermatology w/ Jackie Campbell
Jackie Campbell has had a journey filled with constant travel, learning how to balance work and life, and persevering through setbacks. A boarded dermatologist, Jackie’s story is full of humility, humor, and heart. Today we are reminiscing about our CSU memories, how she developed a keen passion for dermatology, and why grades are not the whole picture when it comes to your veterinary skills and placement. The demand for dermatologists is rising, and Jackie makes an appealing case for the versatility and flexibility of the field. Learn everything from what a dermatology residency looks like, to how she started her own practice and why you should be creating a family in your workplace. Get ready for a story of beating the odds, accepting your failures and not letting them stop you from achieving your passions. A path filled with lots of high highs and some low lows, Jackie is an open and honest book with a ferocious laugh and wisdom to share. How do you relate to Jackie’s life journey? Have you ever considered a career in animal dermatology or opening up your own practice? Let us know in the comments on the episode page! In This Episode The journey of getting into vet school and the pressure we put on ourselves Stories from ‘The Cube’s’ about the relationships created during school How a melanoma scare inspired a career specialization and the ability to sympathize The components of test taking and how your brain can get in the way of true knowledge What life is like as a dermatologist and being your own boss Quotes “I didn’t know what path I would take to get there and I was kind of jumping in blindly… just like the collection of little experiences I got just by stepping I think outside of my comfort realm in animal science was a lot of fun” (5:38) “That was like a really ‘a-ha!’ moment for me because I had never really been given the ‘okay, you don’t have to be the best. You just have to be you and do what works for you.’ And so that was my approach in vet school. I was never about grades or rankings at the time that they were. It was kind of first the first time kind of trying to have more balance. (14:15) “We are truly blessed in our veterinary profession, I think about it almost every single day. We have a pretty naturally honest, kind, empathetic, good people are drawn to this field more than any other field.” (27:17) “[Residency] was the first time in my life, truthfully, that I was learning to learn. Because you are so excited about something you want to understand all the workings. And it's not learning it to pass a test.” (42:43) “So now I feel like I see people a little differently. I am more compassionate towards other people and what they are going through. I used to not know what to say or avoid the topic because I didn't want to upset people, and what I realized after navigating through that is just showing up is like 99% of it” (1:05:14) Links Animal Allergy & Dermatology of Colorado Dermatology for Animals Find the full show notes here Keep up with everything Podcast A Vet Follow Podcast A Vet on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram Join our free community of dedicated vet professionals looking to improve their practices and lives in our free Facebook community! We'd love it (and you) if you would take 1 minute and leave us a review on iTunes!
4 Dec 2018
091: How To Fix Your Burnout & Other Out Of The Box Ideas w/ Lisa Mausbach
In a lot of ways, the way we practice veterinary medicine today is not setting ourselves up for success. Many of us are burnt out, tired, and considering leaving the profession far earlier than our counterparts in generations past. Lisa Mausbach knows this feeling first hand, and after her feelings toward veterinary medicine shifted from excitement to dread, Lisa knew she needed to make a change. After going to business school and studying the organizational development of the business side of veterinary medicine, Lisa has been rejuvenated and rediscovered her passion for helping other veterinary professionals fill up their own bucket and make more money. By addressing the systemic organizational issues that are keeping us in the dark, Lisa hopes to help entire systems work smarter, not harder. If you are starting to retreat from what you used to love about veterinary medicine, burnout and stress could be playing a major role. Instead of just dealing with it, you can use your voice to create an environment that works for you and your needs. Are you ready to reinterpret what you place value on as a veterinary professional? Share your thoughts on Lisa’s unique approach to increase your worth in the comments on the episode page. In This Episode Out of the box ideas that you can help you and your team make more money Why you should stop giving away your advice for free to increase your value Specific things that you can do at your clinic to help with your overall wellness Learn which organizational factors are contributing to your burnout and how to fix them Why you need to make time to collaborate, work on your passion project and actually think Quotes “What I’m happy about in our industry, is we are finally talking about it, it is not as taboo, and the focus on personal wellness and taking care of yourself.” (7:05) “We manage so much of medicine like trying to run a pet assembly line of trying to fix things, and there is no time to collaborate or think or work up a case or all the stuff that comes after that that is part of what is seen as being a good doctor on the human side.” (12:56) “The important part is our knowledge and what we are telling people, it’s not the heartworm test. Sure the rabies vaccine is great but as an industry and as veterinarians I feel as though we always want to give away our brain. We want to give away our advice, and that I think is that is going to be some of the keys of how we reintroduce value to what we bring to clients.” (22:16) “You just want to be valued for your time, and when you are only valued on these average client transaction numbers and revenue… doctors aren't milking cows.” (29:55) “I think there is a lot of out of the box ideas that doctors can look into to not feel stuck.” (34:19) Links Mausbach Mobile Veterinary Care Enjoying these stories? Consider supporting Podcast A Vet on Patreon & check out our awesome patron-only perk Find the full show notes here Keep up with everything Podcast A Vet Follow Podcast A Vet on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram Join our free community of dedicated vet professionals looking to improve their practices and lives in our free Facebook community! We'd love it (and you) if you would take 1 minute and leave us a review on iTunes!
1 Oct 2019