The Whole Veterinarian

Stacey Cordivano, DVM

Is it impossible for veterinarians to aim for more balance? The Whole Veterinarian podcast helps to share experiences and start a dialogue about how we can grow as people and professionals. As a female equine solo practitioner, mother and business owner, I've seen the challenges that face us. I want veterinarians to learn to be happier, healthier, wealthier and more grateful for the lives that they've created. Together, let’s learn how to develop a life we love. read less
EducationEducation

Episodes

How Does the AAEP Create a Path Toward Positive Progress? Featuring Dr. Katie Garrett
Feb 14 2024
How Does the AAEP Create a Path Toward Positive Progress? Featuring Dr. Katie Garrett
If you've ever wondered what the AAEP is doing to support equine veterinarians, this is the episode for you. I am joined today by Dr. Katie Garrett, our current President, and she is an open book in this conversation. Dr. Garrett emphasizes the importance of effective communication and the need for the AAEP to evolve and change as the veterinary profession evolves. We also discuss the culture of the AAEP and the organization's efforts to engage and involve more members. I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to ask her some tough questions and dive into meaningful discussion. Please let us know what you think - Katie is really hoping to hear directly from YOU!...More about Dr. Katie Garrett...Katie Garrett received a Bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and molecular biology from Dartmouth College and her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine degree from Cornell University.  She completed internships and a surgical residency at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital and is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (Large Animal).  She is currently a shareholder at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital where her practice focuses on diagnostic imaging.  Dr. Garrett has authored numerous scientific articles and book chapters and lectures nationally and internationally.  She is currently the president of the American Association of Equine Practitioners.  Outside of work, she enjoys traveling, hiking, and crossword puzzles.Feel free to Email her! kgarrett@roodandriddle.com.....Helpful LinksThe Volunteer Interest Form - member login requiredThe Transforming Equine Practice products created by the 5 Subcommittees under the Equine Veterinary Sustainability Initiative from AAEPThe Member Assistance Program - a wonderful free resource for AAEP members!.....Support the showConnect with Stacey or find more from The Whole Veterinarian!www.thewholeveterinarian.comIf you want to have a small part in supporting the production of the show, click here to Buy Me A Coffee!IG @thewholeveterinarianListen on your favorite podcast player hereThank you for your time and support!
Dr. Christine Staten: Revolutionizing Your Veterinary Practice - Insights, Hiring, and Compensation Strategies
Oct 26 2023
Dr. Christine Staten: Revolutionizing Your Veterinary Practice - Insights, Hiring, and Compensation Strategies
Ever wondered about the secret to a thriving veterinary practice? Look no further, as we introduce you to Dr. Christine Staten, the visionary behind the Veterinary MBA. With her wealth of knowledge from over two decades of experience in the field, Dr. Staten brings you a treasure-trove of insights on navigating the tricky terrains of veterinary practice ownership. Hear her elaborate on aligning your team's purpose, vision, and core values with your mission, and witness the transformation in your team's dynamics.  We also touch on fostering a culture of recognition and motivating your team through regular huddles. Tune in to uncover some of the strategies that will revolutionize your veterinary practice, and don't forget to connect with Dr. Staten to dive deeper into her educational programs.More about Christine!Dr. Christine Staten is a native of Tucson Arizona and after an earlier career as a Labor and Delivery technician, attended and graduated from Colorado State University, School of Veterinary Medicine in 1999.Dr. Staten joined the vet who took care of her animals when she was a kid in 4-H, a one-doctor mixed animal ambulatory practice. In 2005, they built a mixed animal clinic, Adobe Veterinary Center. The clinic currently has a team of 55 people with six large animal vets and five small animal vets. She has been a practice owner for 20 years and a solo owner since 2017. Dr. Staten is passionate about encouraging and mentoring the next generation of veterinarians into the greatest profession in the world. Desiring to learn more about entrepreneurship and business management, Dr. Staten completed her Master of Business Administration from Louisiana State University in March 2023.  With her company, Veterinary MBA, Dr. Staten is enthusiastically helping other practice owners and managers create more sustainable business models while gaining more time and freedom in their lives.Unapologetically unbalanced, Dr. Staten is married with five children and three grandchildren. She dabbles in real estate with commercial property, student rentals, and an Airbnb.EMAIL: cstatendvm@adobevetcenter.comIG: @veterinary_mbaWEBSITE: veterinary-mba.com or adobevetcenter.com...Support the showConnect with Stacey or find more from The Whole Veterinarian!www.thewholeveterinarian.comIf you want to have a small part in supporting the production of the show, click here to Buy Me A Coffee!IG @thewholeveterinarianListen on your favorite podcast player hereThank you for your time and support!
Dr. Amelia Knight Pinkston: 4 Steps to Beating Burnout for Veterinary Professionals
Oct 12 2023
Dr. Amelia Knight Pinkston: 4 Steps to Beating Burnout for Veterinary Professionals
Can you recognize the signs of burnout, and do you know how to recover? Join me and Dr Amelia Knight Pinkston, a veterinarian and integrative health and life coach, as we journey through her inspiring path from a burnt-out vet to a thriving human being. She has created a program that shows us actionable tools for beating burnout in four main steps.  You'll discover how moments of mindfulness can be transformative for your entire workspace. Tune in and let's redefine success in veterinary medicine together.More about Dr. Knight Pinkston:Dr. Amelia is a multi-passionate integrative health and life coach, entrepreneur, and recovered burnt out vet passionate about creating a new narrative around what true health and success look like - they should add pleasure, energy, and fulfillment to your life rather than deplete them. Since earning her veterinary degree and VBMA certificate from the University of Penn in 2014, Amelia has worked in small animal general practice, urgent care, and locum which has provided the opportunity to work in over 30 different hospitals including  both toxic and thriving cultures. That experience combined with her extensive and holistic training and personal journey recovering from burnout has given her a unique perspective and fuels her passion to create positive change. Her mission is to beat burnout in the veterinary profession by empowering individuals and hospitals to embrace a new norm where we put our “oxygen mask” on first and where workplaces foster an environment where it's convenient to thrive. She outlines how we can make that a reality starting today in her free series for the veterinary community called “Beat The Burnout: What We Should Have Learned In Veterinary School”.In 2020, Amelia founded Life Boost with Amelia where she offers 1-on-1 and group coaching, self-paced programs, and workplace wellbeing consulting to help animal lovers unleash their most confident, energized, and healthy self. Her approach combines an evidence-based understanding of how the body and brain work - including the unconscious mind - with a holistic approach that honors what their heart needs to create real sustainable change that feels like a breath of fresh air. She has certifications in integrative nutrition health coaching, integrative life coaching and change work, hypnosis, and medical veterinary acupuncture, and is the co-chair of the Veterinary Genesis Initiative. She shares wellbeing content in a variety of ways including her Life Boost with Amelia podcast, writing for blogs and publications, speaking events, emails to her community, and social media. Amelia lives in North Carolina with her husband and two dogs, Jameson and Woodford. Things that bring her joy include spending time in nature, being active (whether that’s hiking, strength training, yoga, walks, impromptu dance parties, or something new), experimenting and creating new nourishing recipes in the kitchen, traveling, learning, and jumping baby goats.Connect:amelia@lifeboost.todaywww.lifeboost.todayIG: @lifeboostwithameliaLinkedInFacebookSupport the showConnect with Stacey or find more from The Whole Veterinarian!www.thewholeveterinarian.comIf you want to have a small part in supporting the production of the show, click here to Buy Me A Coffee!IG @thewholeveterinarianListen on your favorite podcast player hereThank you for your time and support!
Dr. Emily Singler: Pregnancy and Postpartum Considerations for the Veterinary Team
Sep 28 2023
Dr. Emily Singler: Pregnancy and Postpartum Considerations for the Veterinary Team
Navigating the landscape of motherhood while practicing veterinary medicine can feel like a tightrope walk. In today's episode, Dr. Emily Singler, author of the book Pregnancy and Postpartum Considerations for the Veterinary Team, is here to share her wisdom with us. A seasoned veterinarian and a mother of four, Emily opens up about her experiences and the lessons she's learned, aided by contributions from other DVM moms. Her perspective provides an eye-opening look into the unique hurdles faced by women in the veterinary field during and after pregnancy.We also take an honest look at what it truly means to return to work post-partum. It's not just about overcoming physical challenges; it's about managing the emotional upheavals, too. How do you juggle self-care, job responsibilities, and the constant need to stay nourished and hydrated? Emily's insights offer a comforting companion in this journey, underscoring the importance of loving and accepting the new version of yourself. We also explore the hot topic of paid maternity leave in the veterinary industry and shine a spotlight on the need for equitable parental leave benefits, the discrimination often faced by women in the workplace, and the motherhood penalty. Our conversation emphasizes the urgency for creating a supportive and non-stigmatizing work culture. Whether you're a veterinary professional about to become a parent or someone looking to understand the unique challenges of parenthood within the field, this episode is a must-listen and Dr. Singler's book is a must-read!...Dr. Emily Singler is a 2001 graduate of Penn State University and a 2005 graduate of University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. She has navigated 5 pregnancies while working in veterinary clinical practice and has been a working mom throughout the majority of her tenure as a veterinarian.Her career in veterinary medicine has included experience in shelter medicine, private practice, and as a relief veterinarian. She currently works as a veterinary writer, consultant, and mentor and enjoys writing for both pet owners and veterinary professionals. Her writing interests include public health, preventive medicine, the human-animal bond, and life as a working mom.She is the author of Pregnancy and Postpartum Considerations for the Veterinary Team, which is being published by CRC Press in November 2023. She has spoken both virtually and in person on working in veterinary medicine through pregnancy and beyond, with an emphasis on navigating workplace hazards, workplace protections against discrimination, planning parental leave, and returning to work. She is currently working toward becoming a RETAIN certified parental leave coach.Emily is a mom of four kids, 2 dogs, and 1 cat. She enjoys spending time with her husband and kids, and she loves horseback riding and all things llama and alpaca. She is learning the embrace the chaos of having a big family and finds solace in connecting with others and eating chocolate.Connect with Dr. Singler!InstagramEmily's websiteBuy the book!...Support the showConnect with Stacey or find more from The Whole Veterinarian!www.thewholeveterinarian.comIf you want to have a small part in supporting the production of the show, click here to Buy Me A Coffee!IG @thewholeveterinarianListen on your favorite podcast player hereThank you for your time and support!
Dr. Donita McCants: A Story of Resilience, Entrepreneurship, and Passion in Veterinary Medicine
Sep 14 2023
Dr. Donita McCants: A Story of Resilience, Entrepreneurship, and Passion in Veterinary Medicine
Are you prepared to be inspired by a story of resilience and passion? Meet Dr. Donita McCants, a remarkable veterinarian who turned adversities into stepping-stones on her path to success. From battling ADHD and anxiety to overcoming financial barriers to start her mobile veterinary practice, this amazing woman is a powerhouse of determination and grit. Dr. McCants has created a successful mobile veterinary practice that allows her to give back to her community while also giving her the autonomy to create a balance that benefits her family's well being.If you thought running a thriving veterinary practice was all she had on her plate, think again. Dr. Donita is also a mom and a competitive bodybuilder! You'll hear how she maintains equilibrium between her demanding work days and her focus on developing herself outside of work. I hope you are as inspired as I have been after hearing this wonderful conversation.More about Donita McCants, DVMDr. Donita received her Bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from the University of Georgia in 2011 and then went on to Tuskegee University to complete Veterinary training in 2015. She was raised in Georgia but state hopped coming from a military family background. She has strong interests in surgery, internal medicine, and dermatology which comes in handy with Florida allergies! She enjoys learning new and innovative techniques to treat your furry babies. She loves to spend time with has a son named Stephen, her fiance Joe and their bernedoodle named Axel Rose! Dr. Donita is also fear free certified and loves all thing’s fitness and wellness! She competed in her first bodybuilding competition in June 2021. Dr. Donita enjoys giving back to the community by participating in various speaking engagements to inspire the youth. She also participates in events around Orlando, and is very active on her social media pages “Ask Dr. Donita” where she gives beyond first-class veterinary advice and speaks with others in the pet community to raise awareness about pet health and care!www.askdrdonita.comwww.YouTube.com/@askdrdonitaIG @askdrdonitaResources mentioned in the episode...VetSetGoBlendVetCritter Fixer's Vet for a DayDiversify VetMed CoalitionMulticultural Veterinary Medical AssociationSupport the showConnect with Stacey or find more from The Whole Veterinarian!www.thewholeveterinarian.comIf you want to have a small part in supporting the production of the show, click here to Buy Me A Coffee!IG @thewholeveterinarianListen on your favorite podcast player hereThank you for your time and support!
Organized Veterinary Medicine, Politics & Family: A Conversation with Dr. Lindy O'Neal
Aug 31 2023
Organized Veterinary Medicine, Politics & Family: A Conversation with Dr. Lindy O'Neal
Have you ever wondered what it's like to get involved with organized veterinary medicine? Perhaps you've never even considered it, but today I'm speaking with Dr. Lindy O'Neal as she shares the amazing impact that being involved in the larger veterinary community has had on her career. In our conversation, she opens up about her involvement with the AVMA House of Delegates and how these roles shape policies worldwide that influence the future of veterinary medicine. She also shares an exciting new personal goal! Prepare to be inspired as we delve into Lindy's day-to-day life as a busy mom, practice owner, and AVMA Delegate for Arkansas. We explore how mentorship and staying informed about local politics can make a significant impact on one's community. Tune in for a conversation that promises to leave you with a renewed appreciation for joy and positive change within the veterinary profession....More about Lindy O'Neal, DVM...Dr. O’Neal grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas and knew she wanted to be a veterinarian since the age of four. She never stopped pursuing her love for animals as a career. Dr. O’Neal completed her undergraduate studies in Animal Science at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, then headed to Baton Rouge with her husband, Josh O’Neal, where she received a degree in veterinary medicine at Louisiana State University. After graduation, they headed west to Las Vegas where Dr. O’Neal practiced at a busy 6 doctor practice for 2 years. Dr. O’Neal and her husband elected to move back to Arkansas in 2012 to settle down and start their family. Together they have three children, a eight year old daughter named Saylor, a six year old daughter named Anniston, and a four year old boy named Hyson. They have two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Bentley & Kingston, and one cat, William. Dr. O’Neal has a special interest in soft tissue surgery, emergency medicine, ultrasonography and veterinary business. Dr. O’Neal is passionate about preventative medicine and client education. She wants to help pet owners get the most out of their veterinary care. Dr. O’Neal serves in the American Veterinary Medical Association House of Delegates, Arkansas Veterinary Medical Association Board of Directors, Alumni Society Board of Directors for the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural Food and Life Sciences. In her free time, Dr. O’Neal loves her church community group, exercising, and baking cookies. Her highest priority is spending time with family, friends, and pets.Connect with Dr. O'Neal!Instagram @theycallmedrlindy...Support the showConnect with Stacey or find more from The Whole Veterinarian!www.thewholeveterinarian.comIf you want to have a small part in supporting the production of the show, click here to Buy Me A Coffee!IG @thewholeveterinarianListen on your favorite podcast player hereThank you for your time and support!
Recognizing and Addressing Toxic Workplace Culture with Dr. Marie Holowaychuck
Aug 18 2023
Recognizing and Addressing Toxic Workplace Culture with Dr. Marie Holowaychuck
Toxic behaviors have deep-seated impacts on our well-being in veterinary medicine. Systematic changes, clear expectations, workload balancing, and candid communication are crucial to crafting a productive and safer work environment. The episode, featuring return guest Dr. Marie Holowaychuk, highlights the influence of individual attitudes on a team's environment and dives deeply into the role that leadership needs to play in creating a safer and more open veterinary workplace....More about Dr. Holowaychuk!Dr. Marie Holowaychuk is a board-certified small animal emergency and critical care  specialist and passionate advocate for veterinary team wellbeing. An avid writer, podcaster, and researcher, Dr. Holowaychuk has authored dozens of articles and recorded a multitude of podcast interviews related to personal and professional wellbeing. She hosts the Reviving Vet Med podcast and writes a monthly blog and newsletter on pertinent issues related to veterinary mental health and wellbeing. Dr. Holowaychuk lives in Calgary where she occasionally locums in private referral practice and as a specialist teleconsultant. As a yoga and meditation teacher and wellness coach, she facilitates wellbeing workshops and retreats for veterinary clinics and organizations and offers individual and group coaching and online programs for veterinary team members. She recently launched a new website containing wellbeing resources for veterinary professionals.Previous Conversations with Dr. Holowaychuk regarding mental health and suicide prevention: https://thewholeveterinarian.com/44https://thewholeveterinarian.com/45Connect with her here:Website: https://marieholowaychuk.com/ Reviving Veterinary Medicine website: https://revivingvetmed.com/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/drmarieholowaychuk/ Instagram: @marieholowaychuk or @revivingvetmedPodcast: https://revivingvetmed.com/podcast/ ...Support the showConnect with Stacey or find more from The Whole Veterinarian!www.thewholeveterinarian.comIf you want to have a small part in supporting the production of the show, click here to Buy Me A Coffee!IG @thewholeveterinarianListen on your favorite podcast player hereThank you for your time and support!
The Impact of Mentorship in Shaping Veterinary Careers: A Conversation with Dr. Kate Boatwright
Jul 27 2023
The Impact of Mentorship in Shaping Veterinary Careers: A Conversation with Dr. Kate Boatwright
Let's dive into the world of veterinary mentorship with today's guest, Dr. Kate Boatwright. An experienced small animal general practice and emergency veterinarian, Dr. Boatwright is also a celebrated speaker and author. She walks us through the importance of mentorship in the veterinary field, the hurdles new graduates often face, and the idea of a mentorship agreement. We explore her latest book, The Veterinary Mentorship Manual, a comprehensive guide for establishing effective mentorship programs within practices. Furthermore, Dr. Boatwright paints an inspirational picture of her shift into ER, highlighting the significant role a supportive environment played in shaping her journey....More about Dr. Boatright!Dr. Kate Boatright is a 2013 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and has worked in small animal practice since graduating. She has worked at multiple practices in Pennsylvania and is currently employed part-time in a rural general practice clinic (Penn Ohio Veterinary Services) and provides limited relief services to emergency clinics. Her clinical interests include feline medicine, internal medicine, surgery, and emergency medicine. She also supervises and mentors pre-veterinary and veterinary student shadows as well as new graduate veterinarians. During veterinary school, she was the 2011 National VBMA Vice President and led the development of the original business certificate program with fellow board members. She remains involved with the VBMA as an Honors portfolio reviewer, speaker, and founding member of the VBMA Alumni. In 2018, she began freelance writing and speaking. She wrote the Finding Balance column for Today’s Veterinary Practice in 2020 and 2021 and the Beyond the Clinic Column in 2022. She regularly writes for dvm360 and AAHA publications, including a new column on spectrum of care for NEWStat. She published the Veterinary Mentorship Manual in March 2023 to support individual veterinarians and clinics in providing strong mentorship to early career veterinarians. Dr. Boatright has spoken both live and virtually to numerous veterinary schools and at state and national conferences, including dvm360® Fetch conferences, AVMA Convention, AVMA’s Veterinary Leadership Conference, and ACVIM. She founded KMB Veterinary Media LLC in 2021 to continue her work in educating veterinary professionals through speaking, writing, and mentorship.  In addition to her clinical work, she has been active in organized veterinary medicine since shortly after graduation. She serves as the secretary for her local association (NWPVMA), has been a District Trustee on the PVMA Board, and currently serves as the alternate delegate for Pennsylvania to the AVMA’s House of Delegates. She is the editor of the PVMA’s quarterly publication, The Keystone Veterinarian, and serves on the legislative committee. In her local area, she has worked with several college pre-veterinary clubs to help arrange shadowing experiences and host mock interviews for applicants.  Find her new book, Small Animal Veterinary Mentorship Manual, HERE! Use the code podcast25 to get 25% off!Connect with Kate via her website.....Support the showConnect with Stacey or find more from The Whole Veterinarian!www.thewholeveterinarian.comIf you want to have a small part in supporting the production of the show, click here to Buy Me A Coffee!IG @thewholeveterinarianListen on your favorite podcast player hereThank you for your time and support!
Developing Autonomy and Efficiency in Veterinary Practices featuring Stephen McLaughry
Jul 13 2023
Developing Autonomy and Efficiency in Veterinary Practices featuring Stephen McLaughry
Today we dive into the ways that technology and workplace culture intersect when in comes to improving recruitment and retention of our veterinary employees.  Stephen McLaughry, CEO and co-founder of Vet Badger, took his skills from the world of software engineering and poured them into the profession of veterinary medicine. He shares his unique journey of co-owning a small animal clinic with his wife and how it inspired him to create a platform that revolutionizes the way veterinary practices operate.Our conversation covers everything from managing relationships with clients who expect a personal touch to the impact of a four-day work week on job satisfaction and team dynamics. The idea of creating autonomy for employees is a thread that both Stephen and I find imperative to improving workplace culture. He shares his perspective on developing autonomy in order to retain talented employees. This episode offers insights about fostering a positive work culture, managing client expectations, and leveraging technology for the betterment of veterinary practice. About our guest!Stephen McLaughry is the CEO and co-founder of VetBadger. He is also the practice manager for BarburVet, the small animal clinic he has owned alongside his wife, Dr. Alexandra for over 9 years.  Prior to starting VetBadger, Stephen worked as a software engineer.  After 20 plus years of seeing the struggles his wife was dealing with in regards to managing all the client and team relationships that came along with being a veterinarian and clinic owner, as well as her struggles with available software at the time, he decided to create VetBadger. Vetbadger is a practice management system that is designed to allow veterinarians and their teams to work together with their clients without losing their sanity. The software was developed with the mission to make practices like BarburVet as efficient (and enjoyable) as possible. In his "off time," Stephen can be found shuttling his teenage daughters to and from school and activities, spending time with his wife and two dogs, or racing his bicycle.Support the showConnect with Stacey or find more from The Whole Veterinarian!www.thewholeveterinarian.comIf you want to have a small part in supporting the production of the show, click here to Buy Me A Coffee!IG @thewholeveterinarianListen on your favorite podcast player hereThank you for your time and support!
How to Hold a Meeting that Your Veterinary Team Will Love featuring Dr. Kim Harmon - PART 1
Jun 20 2023
How to Hold a Meeting that Your Veterinary Team Will Love featuring Dr. Kim Harmon - PART 1
Tired of unproductive meetings that just drain your time and energy? Join us as we chat with Dr. Kim Harmon, managing partner at Fairfield Equine Associates, about transforming your veterinary team meetings into productive and enjoyable experiences for everyone, whether you work in a large or small veterinary practice. We'll dive into different types of meetings, from one-on-one sessions to brainstorming gatherings, and discuss the importance of clear communication and psychological safety. Plus, you'll hear about innovative ideas for team building, including incorporating fun events and activities into the work day. Don't miss this opportunity to elevate your team dynamics and make your meetings truly effective.The second part of our discussion can be found here!...About Dr. Kim HarmonDr. Harmon grew up in Potomac, Maryland, where she developed her passion for horses through Pony Club and 3-Day-Eventing.A 2007 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she was the recipient the Patient Care Award, and the George M. Palmer Prize for promise in equine practice. After graduation, she chose to pursue her commitment to the care of horses by furthering her education. Dr. Harmon completed her internship in sports medicine, surgery, and diagnostic imaging with Fairfield Equine in 2008 and continued on as an associate.  In 2018, she became an owner of FEA and now serves as the Managing Partner of the practice. Dr. Harmon has special interests in lameness and the equine athlete as well as the management of emergency cases. In her down time, she enjoys spending time with her husband Phil, and their 2 kiddos Benjamin and Kate....Resources that we mention-Stay Interview guidance from the AAEP's sustainability initiative -Meetings 101 downloadable PDF summarySupport the showConnect with Stacey or find more from The Whole Veterinarian!www.thewholeveterinarian.comIf you want to have a small part in supporting the production of the show, click here to Buy Me A Coffee!IG @thewholeveterinarianListen on your favorite podcast player hereThank you for your time and support!
Chat GPT: A Game Changer for Veterinary Medical Records with Dr. Karen Bolton
Jun 8 2023
Chat GPT: A Game Changer for Veterinary Medical Records with Dr. Karen Bolton
Struggling with veterinary medical records? Fear not! Today we're joined by Dr. Karen Bolton, an experienced veterinarian with an MBA in business management, who is on a mission to streamline the process! Discover how Karen's journey from equine practice to small animal medicine led her to develop a passion for improving the veterinary field through education and innovation. She has created a course to teach others how to use chat GPT technology to enhance the speed and efficiency of medical records with minimal learning curve.Today you'll learn how chat GPT works, its potential in saving time and creating consistent records, and thoughts on the legal aspects behind this technology. Karen shares her transition from equine to small animal practice and how the increase in patient load led her to create this time-saving system. Find the course on her website www.thebusinessvet.com and please let us know if you find it useful!More about Dr. Bolton!Like you, Dr. Karen Bolten has experienced a lot of crazy stuff between animals, owners, and businesses. She has a background in large animal veterinary practice ownership and is currently an associate veterinarian at a small animal clinic. Yes, she's a traitor, but cats *really are* very similar to horses.After an 8-year stint owning her practice, she was ready for a new direction. So, she sold her clinic, widened the horizons of her student loan account, and plunged into the world of business. And she loves it. In 2020 she graduated with a Magna cum laude in Business Management, and in 2022 she finished her MBA.Her areas of interest in business are general business strategy and marketing strategy, and she loves anything where one can use data to make better decisions. She believes that through innovation and education, there are answers out there for those of us that are struggling. Her goal is to share what she's discovered and continue her journey as a professional student.Beyond the business angle, she's a staunch mental health advocate. She's eager to use her personal experiences and skills to promote healthier workplaces in the veterinary field and to support those struggling with mental illness in our profession.Karen is always looking for new ways to innovate and improve my efficiency and level of patient care within my job and business. From creating a hashtag generator to using AI to manage medical records more effectively, she prefers to be well in front of the curve.Her passions include anything ancient (dogs, horses, houses, history) and precious sighthounds. Let's be real - she'll take in absolutely any animal. She's a computer nerd that has transitioned my copyright-infringing 1993 Sim Horse Barn skills (IYKYK) into forcing A.I. to do her records.Her target audience? Veterinary professionals seeking to bolster their business efficacy. If you're looking to amplify profits, improve employee compensation, attract more clients, or refocus on the aspects of practice you truly love, you're in the right place.Curious to learn more? Her Instagram is a treasure trove of bite-sized business insights. For a deeper dive, check out her courses and products tailored specifically for the veterinary profession.Support the showConnect with Stacey or find more from The Whole Veterinarian!www.thewholeveterinarian.comIf you want to have a small part in supporting the production of the show, click here to Buy Me A Coffee!IG @thewholeveterinarianListen on your favorite podcast player hereThank you for your time and support!
State of The Union on Equine Veterinary Practice in 2023 with Kelly and Misty
May 25 2023
State of The Union on Equine Veterinary Practice in 2023 with Kelly and Misty
FUN NEW FORMAT! Listen in as Misty, Kelly and I discuss our opinions on some hot topics in equine vetmed at the moment. We are all working in spaces of equine veterinary medicine that allow us to hear from the trenches, so we brought up just a couple of things that we have been hearing a lot about lately....and we didn't get to several major topics because there is just so much to digest. SO, if you like this format (AND if you have thoughts to add!) let me know and we will do it again and potentially throw in some guest comments or questions! This one is made for you! Just remember... there's no right answer and these are just the opinions of three ladies in three different areas of equine medicine at the moment.If you want to get involved in chats like this while also learning amazing content from well being and personal development speakers, make sure to join us in October at the Sustainability in Equine Practice Seminar and Retreat!...Connect with us!www.SEPseminars.comStacey - thewholeveterinarian@gmail.comMisty - mgray@rosepointdvm.comKelly - info@starwoodveterinaryconsulting.com....Support the showConnect with Stacey or find more from The Whole Veterinarian!www.thewholeveterinarian.comIf you want to have a small part in supporting the production of the show, click here to Buy Me A Coffee!IG @thewholeveterinarianListen on your favorite podcast player hereThank you for your time and support!
Exploring Veterinary Social Work with Therapy Unleashed's Christina Malloy, MSW, LICSW
Apr 28 2023
Exploring Veterinary Social Work with Therapy Unleashed's Christina Malloy, MSW, LICSW
The field of veterinary social work is emerging as an excellent way to support a healthier practice culture and provide well being resources to both staff and clients. Today you get to hear about the experiences of Christina Malloy, who has been involved in many aspects of the veterinary field, and now offers veterinary social work services and individualized coaching to smaller practices who cannot justify a full time social worker. She generously shares some insightful and actionable ideas around improving well being within our veterinary practices. Inside scoop - it all starts with setting better boundaries! :)More about Christina!Christina is the owner of Therapy Unleashed and a licensed independent clinical social worker who specializes in the wellness of veterinary professionals. Prior to launching Therapy Unleashed, Christina worked as a veterinary social worker at a large specialty and emergency hospital in Massachusetts. She launched Therapy Unleashed to make veterinary social work more accessible to smaller, locally owned veterinary businesses. She supports teams by offering individual support to staff, support groups, trainings, and empowers veterinary professionals to create the work-life balance they want. In addition to hospital support, Christina offers individual support to veterinary professionals through coaching and therapy.Christina received her BA from Boston University and her MSW from Simmons University. Outside of work she enjoys crochet, reading, traveling and houseplants. Whatever she is doing, her golden retriever, Argo, and chinese crested rescue, Lilo, are never far behind. Connect with Therapy Unleashed!InstagramEmail: christina@therapyunleashedllc.comwww.therapyunleashedllc.com...Resources mentioned in the show:The Difference Between Therapy and CoachingNOMV988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline...Support the showConnect with Stacey or find more from The Whole Veterinarian!www.thewholeveterinarian.comIf you want to have a small part in supporting the production of the show, click here to Buy Me A Coffee!IG @thewholeveterinarianListen on your favorite podcast player hereThank you for your time and support!
Make the Most of Your Veterinary Career (While Maybe Still Getting Peed On!) featuring Dr. Mike Bugg
Apr 13 2023
Make the Most of Your Veterinary Career (While Maybe Still Getting Peed On!) featuring Dr. Mike Bugg
If you've ever wondered what the heck you're doing here in vetmed, then this episode is for you. We get to dive deep with veterinarian and author, Dr. Mike Bugg, about his new book, You're Gonna Get Peed On:  How Veterinarians Can Keep Their Dream Job From Becoming a Nightmare While Working Less and Earning More. I can't recommend it highly enough - so make sure to check it out and don't miss the awesome bundle of goodies that he is giving away on The Veterinary Project website until the end of April!...About Michael Bugg, DVMDr. Michael Bugg is a full-time real estate investor and veterinarian with over a decade of clinical experience in veterinary medicine. After graduating from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2008, he practiced as a mixed-animal veterinarian before shifting to a small-animal general practice.Like many of his colleagues, Michael struggled with the unique demands of veterinary clinical practice. Overwhelmed and burned-out, he often felt as if his career was spiraling into a nightmare. He struggled to get ahead financially despite the long hours he spent at the clinic. His entire life was impacted by his career stress—so much so that his wife gave him the moniker Miserable Mike. This, along with working amid the early 2000’s financial crisis and witnessing once-retired veterinarians picking up shifts, motivated Michael to take back control of his life.In 2012, Michael and his wife, Rosalie, began building their real estate portfolio while working in their respective careers. Eventually, this real estate portfolio allowed Michael to cut back his veterinary hours to part time. In 2018, he decided to take the leap into real estate investing full-time and explore new ways to be a part of the veterinary community.Michael believes that the greatest way veterinarians can combat burnout is by taking charge of their personal finances and aligning every aspect of their lives with their veterinary vision. He is the cofounder and cohost of The Veterinary Project podcast, which aims to help other veterinarians thrive in their careers and intentionally design more joyful, fulfilling lives.Michael lives with his wife, Rosalie, daughter, Riley, and son, Ethan, in Saskatoon,Saskatchewan, Canada.Learn more at his website, The Veterinary Project or follow him on Instagram!...Resources that we mentioned or used in this episode:You're Gonna Get Peed On by Dr. Michael BuggThe 5 Minute Journal from Intelligent ChangeThe Miracle Morning by Hal ElrodSupport the showConnect with Stacey or find more from The Whole Veterinarian!www.thewholeveterinarian.comIf you want to have a small part in supporting the production of the show, click here to Buy Me A Coffee!IG @thewholeveterinarianListen on your favorite podcast player hereThank you for your time and support!
Relief Veterinary Work and Serial Entrepreneurship with Drs. Cindy Trice and Julie Liu
Feb 15 2023
Relief Veterinary Work and Serial Entrepreneurship with Drs. Cindy Trice and Julie Liu
Are you questioning whether relief veterinary work might be in your future? Dr. Cindy Trice and Dr. Julie Liu join me today to discuss all of the ways that relief work has benefitted their lives. They also share some insightful thoughts around some of the hurdles of getting started in the relief industry. Luckily, they are both putting out amazing resources to help our veterinary colleagues find their own path. Thank you so much to these inspiring women for sharing all of their knowledge with us today, and for all of the work they do in pushing veterinary medicine forward.Here's some links to connect with them!Dr. Trice's email (cindytricedvm@reliefrover.com) and LinkedInDr. Lui's email (jliudvm@gmail.com) and LinkedInHere's some links to resources we mentioned in the episode!Relief RoverFear Free for Relief VetsKickIt PajamasEntrepreneurial You by Dorie ClarkFlux VeterinarySummaryIntroduction to today’s episode.0:08Who’s here today?3:18Cindy’s background in relief.4:34Julie’s path to relief.6:55Creating a community of relief veterinarians to connect with each other.11:51Julie and Cindy’s fear-free certification course.14:09Don’t let perfection be the enemy of good -.17:53What are some of the hurdles Julie hears from people about finding work?24:06Cindy’s other work outside of relief.27:19What is one small thing that has brought you joy this week?32:39Support the showConnect with Stacey or find more from The Whole Veterinarian!www.thewholeveterinarian.comIf you want to have a small part in supporting the production of the show, click here to Buy Me A Coffee!IG @thewholeveterinarianListen on your favorite podcast player hereThank you for your time and support!