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My Veterinary Life

Tune in for inspiring stories from your colleagues across the profession. You’ll hear from guest veterinarians about the journeys, challenges – and often hilarious anecdotes – that got them to where they are today. Come away with a fresh look at our veterinary community and a renewed excitement to embrace your veterinary journey. Hosted by Drs. Anna Reddish and Marci Kirk.

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Workafrolic, Sweat Equity and Entrepreneurship with Dr. Justine Lee

In this episode of My Veterinary Life podcast, we chat with Dr. Justine Lee. You may know her as the founder of Vet Girl on the Run. There are so many ways we could describe Dr. Lee! She has had a full career and she is not done yet! She is truly a trail-blazer and an entrepreneur in the profession. We can’t wait to share this journey with you! Be sure to follow along with us on social media @MVL Podcast, if you have an idea for the show please let us know at mvlpodcast@avma.org Links referenced in this episode: https://vetgirlontherun.com/; Dr. Lee's Blog on becoming a parent: https://vetgirlontherun.com/why-you-should-stop-your-veterinary-career-and-have-kids-now-vetgirl-veterinary-continuing-education-blog/

31mins

21 Feb 2019

Rank #1

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Ebola, Anxiety and Anesthesia with Dr. Jenn Bornkamp

“I mean really anything could happen, I could be a relief vet. That’s the beauty of being a veterinarian is you can really do anything and you can reinvent yourself at any point in your career. And that’s the best part of being a veterinarian.”Our guest today is Dr. Jenn Bornkamp. Dr. Bornkamp is a 2009 graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. After veterinary school she pursued a large animal internship at Iowa State and went on further to complete a residency in Anesthesia at the University of Florida. Dr. Bornkamp is currently an associate doctor at Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center, specializing in anesthesia. We had a very open and honest conversation and were so grateful she was willing to share her story, including some of her challenges. We can’t wait to share her journey with you! Remember we want to hear from you! Please be sure to subscribe to our feed on Apple Podcasts and leave us a ratings and review. You can also contact us at MVLPodcast@avma.org You can also follow us on Social Media @AVMAVets #MyVetLife #MVLPodcast

47mins

12 Dec 2019

Rank #2

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Changes, Light bulb moments and Entrepreneurship with Dr. Rob Trimble

“You just develop a sense of confidence, that you’ve handled a lot of really big complicated problems in the past and you develop a sense of confidence that no matter what you run into, you’ve got a good network of people you rely on, to call on for advice, and you kind of trust yourself, you’re going to be able to figure it out.”Our guest today is Dr. Robert Trimble. Dr. Trimble is a 2013 graduate from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. Since graduation he has been extremely busy, moving across country, working as a clinician, or co-founding a company and most recently stepping into the role of Director at the Veterinary Entrepreneurship Academy. He’s fit a lot into just a short amount of time, and he is happy to share the lessons he has learned along the way. We are so excited to share this journey with you. Remember we want to hear from you! Please be sure to subscribe to our feed on Apple Podcasts and leave us a ratings and review. You can also contact us at MVLPodcast@avma.org You can also follow us on Social Media @AVMAVets #MyVetLife #MVLPodcastInterested in learning more about the Veterinary Entrepreneurship Academy? https://vea.vet/If you are a student and interested in following the idea submission process, please visit:https://vea.vet/students

54mins

24 Oct 2019

Rank #3

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A Lifelong Passion for Learning with Dr. Erik Hofmeister

“Be a reasonable freaking human being, and it doesn’t seem like it should be a hard bar to fit, but I am often surprised when I encounter people who don’t meet that. And that is, you know, just be nice to people and don’t be dramatic and just take life as it is and just be a reasonable freaking human being”Our guest today is Dr. Erik Hofmeister. Dr. Hofmeister is a professor of Anesthesiology at Auburn University and has had an incredible career so far. As someone who is committed to life-long learning, it is no surprise that his credentials are quite impressive! On top of being board certified in anesthesiology, he also has a master’s in public health education and promotion as well as a masters in sport pedagogy. He is also the creator and editor of the vetducator blog (link below). Even with all his professional roles and volunteer roles, he still finds time to pursue his passion, which may surprise you. We can’t wait to share this journey with you!Remember we want to hear from you! Please be sure to subscribe to our feed on Apple Podcasts and leave us a ratings and review. You can also contact us at MVLPodcast@avma.org You can also follow us on Social Media @AVMAVets #MyVetLife #MVLPodcastVetducator Blog: http://vetducator.com/

42mins

2 Jan 2020

Rank #4

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Dinosaurs, Residencies and Podcasts with Dr. Jeff Olivarez

“So, I think from a very young age, I thought I wanted to be a veterinarian. There was this weird year where I decided I wanted to be a taxi drive and I don’t know where that came from, but there was that off year where I put my veterinary dreams on hold to pursue being a taxi drive.”Our guest today is Dr. Jeff Olivarez. Dr. Olivarez is currently a first-year resident in the Vet Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine field at Iowa State University. During his time in veterinary school, Jeff was served as SAVMA president. He shares with us how he decided to pursue these roles and what he has learned along the way. This episode is full of a lot of insight, a lot of fun and a lot of laughter! We are so excited to share this journey with you! Remember we want to hear from you! Please be sure to subscribe to our feed on Apple Podcasts and leave us a ratings and review. You can also contact us at MVLPodcast@avma.org You can also follow us on Social Media @AVMAVets #MyVetLife #MVLPodcast

46mins

7 Nov 2019

Rank #5

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Vet Med Would You Rather with Dr. Emily Tincher

“Cows are just so resilient. I think for 2020 I’m going to try to have a more cow-like mind set.” We are changing things up on this week’s episode! Dr. Emily Tincher joins us for a game of Vet Med Would You Rather. We have a great time sharing our perspectives and thoughts on different scenarios. We hope you will play along too and reach out to us with your thoughts or suggestions for shows. We cover everything from clinical cases to meeting vet med royalty and even talk television. We hope you enjoy this fun and new format for an episode. Next week, we will return to our regular show style and hear from about another amazing journey from one of our colleagues! Remember we want to hear from you! Please be sure to subscribe to our feed on Apple Podcasts and leave us a ratings and review. You can also contact us at MVLPodcast@avma.org You can also follow us on Social Media @AVMAVets #MyVetLife #MVLPodcast

33mins

23 Jan 2020

Rank #6

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Bonus Episode: Women Leaders in Pet Health Industry Part 1

This is a special episode of My Veterinary Life Podcast. We are embarking on a three-part series focused on Women Leaders in the Pet Health Industry. Today’s guests are two truly inspiring women. We are so excited to share the stories of Dr. Jennifer Welser and Kamie Eckert. Dr. Welser is currently the Chief Medical Officer at Mars Veterinary Health and Kamie is the President and General Manager of Royal Canin USA. We learn what brought them to their current roles and their views on leadership. This episode is full of great advice and insights. We had a blast chatting with them and are so excited to share this journey with you! Remember we want to hear from you! Please be sure to subscribe to our feed on Apple Podcasts and leave us a ratings and review. You can also contact us at MVLPodcast@avma.org You can also follow us on Social Media @AVMAVets #MyVetLife #MVLPodcastThroughout the episode we reference an article about Kamie that was featured in Authority magazine. You can find it here: https://medium.com/authority-magazine/kamie-eckert-of-royal-canin-usa-i-have-much-more-energy-to-give-to-my-team-my-work-and-my-2ccbe1eb6d74

44mins

29 Oct 2019

Rank #7

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Opportunities, More Opportunities and Optimism with Dr. Heather Case

“I had to actually to put into practice all of these things that I had learned in veterinary school that I didn’t necessarily think I would use. And I think it built my confidence pretty early in my practice experience”Our guest today is Dr. Heather Case. Dr. Case received her DVM from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. She didn’t stop there. She also has her Master’s in Public Health, is a diplomate for the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine and a Certified Association Executive. She did all this while also exploring some amazing career opportunities throughout veterinary medicine. Following an internship at the University of Guelph, she was in private practice. She has also been an AAAS Science and Technology Fellow, worked for the AVMA and is currently the Chief Executive Officer at the International Council for Veterinary Assessment. She has accomplished so much and yet is one of the most down to earth, inspiring, generous and optimistic people you will meet. We can’t wait to share her journey with you!Remember we want to hear from you! Please be sure to subscribe to our feed on Apple Podcasts and leave us a ratings and review. You can also contact us at MVLPodcast@avma.org You can also follow us on Social Media @AVMAVets #MyVetLife #MVLPodcast

1hr 6mins

26 Dec 2019

Rank #8

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Wellbeing, Opportunities and Adventures with Dr. Brad Ryan

“Then I work up on a Sunday Morning, about five weeks ago and something that I was doing outside of my job that was giving me that sense of purpose and that unparalleled sense of happiness was the road trip that I had been taking with my now 89 year old grandmother around the United States. That story, much to my surprise much to my grandma joy’s surprise, that story went viral.”Our guest today is Dr. Brad Ryan. Dr. Ryan has been featured in many news stories recently about his travels with his Grandma Joy. He has had an incredible career and it is only just beginning. He has big goals for the impact he will have on the veterinary profession. While he has had his ups and downs throughout his career, he always walked away with a valuable lesson and proof that he was stronger than he ever imagined. This is a fun and incredible interview and we cannot wait to share this journey with you! Remember we want to hear from you! Please be sure to subscribe to our feed on Apple Podcasts and leave us a ratings and review. This really does help others find our show. You can also contact us at MVLPodcast@avma.org You can also follow us on Social Media @AVMAVets #MyVetLife #MVLPodcastTo follow along with Dr. Ryan and Grandma Joy head over to Instagram: @GrandmaJoysRoadTripWant to learn more about Dr. Ryan and Grandma Joy? Here are just a few stories:https://www.goodmorningamerica.com/travel/story/grandson-mission-small-toen-grandma-national-park-64876146https://www.insider.com/brad-ryan-grandma-joy-traveling-to-all-national-parks-2019-8https://heavy.com/entertainment/2019/08/brad-ryan-grandma-joy/

1hr 7mins

3 Oct 2019

Rank #9

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Vet Med True False with Dr. Emily Tincher

“Veterinarians make the best cocktail or dinner party guests.” We are changing things up on this week’s episode! Dr. Emily Tincher joins us for Vet Med True False. In this episode, each of us shares a statement or misconception about veterinary medicine and we debate if we believe it is true or false. We have a great time digging into these topics and we hope you enjoy our conversation. Next week, we will return to our regular show style and hear about another amazing journey from one of our colleagues! Remember we want to hear from you! Please be sure to subscribe to our feed on Apple Podcasts and leave us a ratings and review. You can also contact us at MVLPodcast@avma.org You can also follow us on Social Media @AVMAVets #MyVetLife #MVLPodcast

38mins

20 Feb 2020

Rank #10

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Dog Walking, Impact and Productive Procrastination with Dr. Matt Holland

“I didn’t want to be ‘just’ a vet student.”On this episode of My Veterinary Life Podcast, we chat with Dr. Matt Holland. Dr. Holland’s path towards veterinary school was almost as different as his path after veterinary school. He has so many amazing stories including what it was like to be president of the Student AVMA and work and we cannot wait to share this journey with you!Remember we want to hear from you! Please be sure to subscribe to our feed and leave us a ratings and review. You can also contact us at MVLPodcast@avma.org You can also follow us on Social Media @AVMAVets #MyVetLife #MVLPodcast

57mins

11 Jul 2019

Rank #11

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Research, Crossroads, and Seizing Opportunities with Dr. Farrah Monibi

“Keep an open mind and an open heart and don’t listen to the negative people around you.” On this episode of My Veterinary Life Podcast, we chat with Dr. Farrah Monibi. Dr. Monibi currently works at the Hospital for Special Surgery in NYC which is a human orthopedic hospital. This is definitely not what she thought she would be doing when she decided to attend veterinary school. There have been a lot of steps that led her to where she is today, and we can’t wait to share her journey with you! Remember we want to hear from you! Please be sure to subscribe to our feed and leave us a ratings and review. You can also contact us at MVLPodcast@avma.org You can also follow us on Social Media @AVMAVets #MyVetLife #MVLPodcastTo learn more about Be The Change Volunteers, visit their website: https://www.bethechangevolunteers.org/

28mins

15 Aug 2019

Rank #12

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Veterinarians Responding to COVID-19

We have another special episode of the podcast today. We are joined by three different veterinarians from across the country. They share what adjustments their clinics and organizations have made in response to COVID-19 concerns. We kick things of with Dr. Melanie Bowden. She owns her own veterinary relief business and is currently located on the west coast but does have clients on the east coast, which has required increased communication in the past weeks. She discusses the challenges she has faced and how she is tackling them head on. Next, we chat with Dr. Kate Boatright who is in Pennsylvania. She is not only in clinical medicine but also very active in organized veterinary medicine and with things changing almost by the hour, there is no shortage of items that require her attention. Finally, we had to Dallas, Texas where we talk to recent graduate, Dr. Caitlin Conner. She is currently an ER veterinarian and discusses what steps they have taken to ensure the safety of their staff, clients and patients. We are so appreciative to each of our guest for being so generous with their time and truly value their experiences and perspectives. Remember, if you are interested in resources on COVID-19, please visit AVMA.org, where are team is working around the clock to keep these materials up to date. We hope to continue sharing these journeys with you and that everyone is staying healthy and well! Remember we want to hear from you! Please be sure to subscribe to our feed on Apple Podcasts and leave us a ratings and review. You can also contact us at MVLPodcast@avma.org You can also follow us on Social Media @AVMAVets #MyVetLife #MVLPodcast

37mins

23 Mar 2020

Rank #13

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Turtles, Wizards and Being a New Dad with Dr. Michael Miller

“There is magic in veterinary medicine if you look for it”On this episode of My Veterinary Life podcast, our guest is Dr. Michael Miller. Dr. Miller is a 2011 graduate from University of Illinois. He has packed a lot of new experiences into his career including operating turtle care and rescue facilities through his clinic, starting an amazing blog, practice ownership AND becoming a new dad. We had so much fun chatting with him and we cannot wait to share this journey with you! Remember, we want to hear from you! Be sure to subscribe to our show and leave us a ratings and review. You can also contact us at MVLPodcast@avma.orgIf you want to catch up on The Harry Potter Vet please visit the blog here: https://www.harrypottervet.com/blog

50mins

13 Jun 2019

Rank #14

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Pigs, Changes and Giving Back with Dr. Jen Stevens

“Life has a way of turning you on your head.” Our guest today is Dr. Jen Stevens. Dr. Stevens has faced more than her share of obstacles but has come out on the other side with an incredible career. One which she admits is not what she expected all. We had the best time chatting with her and cannot wait to share this journey with you!Remember we want to hear from you! Please be sure to subscribe to our feed and leave us a ratings and review. You can also contact us at MVLPodcast@avma.org You can also follow us on Social Media @AVMAVets #MyVetLife #MVLPodcast

51mins

22 Aug 2019

Rank #15

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Planners, New Moms and Wise Words with Dr. Maggie Canning

“This isn’t that scary, these are just normal people” On this episode of My Veterinary Life podcast, our guest is Dr. Maggie Canning. Dr. Canning is a 2016 graduate of Auburn University (War Eagle!) and a new mom to Baby James. She has already had an amazing career filled with a LOT of changes. She is also incredibly thoughtful and imparts so wisdom on us. We cannot wait to share this journey with you! Be sure to connect with us by leaving a ratings and review for the show! You can also reach us at MVLPodcast@avma.org

42mins

2 May 2019

Rank #16

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Teaching, Wearing Many Hats and Writing Your Own Story with Dr. Kristina Baltutis

“There’s definitely a lot of Trello Boards, planners and to do lists”On this episode of My Veterinary Life Podcast, we chat with Dr. Kristina Baltutis. Dr. Baltutis is a 2017 graduate from North Carolina State University. During this episode, we only scratch the surface of all the different hats she wears, which coincidentally includes owning a hat company. She’s had an amazing adventure so far in veterinary medicine full of many twists and turns and we can’t wait to share her journey with you! Remember we want to hear from you! Please be sure to subscribe to our feed and leave us a ratings and review. You can also contact us at MVLPodcast@avma.org You can also follow us on Social Media @AVMAVets #MyVetLife #MVLPodcast

46mins

8 Aug 2019

Rank #17

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Squirrels, Monkeys and Taking Chances with Dr. Lauren Davidson

“I can take a chance and see if it is going to work for me”  On this episode of My Veterinary Life podcast, our guest is Dr. Lauren Davidson. Dr. Davidson is a 1999 Graduate from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Davidson is the Animal Program Director at National Institute Dental and Craniofacial Research at the National Institute of Health. Her career has taken her places she did not expect, and we cannot wait to share this journey with you!   We want to hear from you! Be sure to leave us a ratings and review so we know what you want to hear more of! You can also email us at mvlpodcast@avma.org

46mins

25 Apr 2019

Rank #18

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Posters, D.C, and Advocacy with Dr. Lauren Stump

“In the office of a legislator, it’s kind of an all hands-on deck sort of exercise”On this episode of My Veterinary Life podcast, our guest is Dr. Lauren Stump. Dr. Stump is the Assistant Director of Government Relations with the AVMA. Since graduating from veterinary school in 2015, her career has taken her from Louisiana to D.C. which is NOT where she thought she would end up. She’s been open to so many opportunities and we cannot wait to share this journey with you! Remember we want to hear from you! Please be sure to subscribe to our feed and leave us a ratings and review. You can also contact us at MVLPodcast@avma.org You can also follow us on Social Media @AVMAVets #MyVetLife #MVLPodcastTo learn more about Advocacy in Action workshop at 2019 AVMA Convention please follow this website: https://www.avma.org/Advocacy/getinvolved/Documents/ADV-WorkshopFlyer2-20190523.pdf

45mins

25 Jul 2019

Rank #19

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Tomatoes, Galaga and ‘Real Doctors’ with Dr. Kevin Dajka

In this episode of My Veterinary Life podcast, we sit down and chat with Dr. Kevin Dajka. Dr. Dajka is the Chief Products and Services Officer with the AVMA. We explore the many different roles he has held throughout his career, including time with ‘real’ doctors. He shares what he loves most about the profession and what one of the hardest decisions he’s ever made has been. We cannot wait to share this journey with you! Help us improve the show! Be sure to leave us a ratings and review so we know what you want to hear more of! Do you have an idea for the show or want to be a part of it? Email us: mvlpodcast@avma.org

33mins

14 Mar 2019

Rank #20