Vet Mind Works Podcast

Petra Agthe, Alison Collings, Monica Merlo

This podcast is for veterinary professionals who are looking for better ways of working and living. We discuss mind-sets, mind skills, behaviours and habits, which support sustainable performance and wellbeing in a challenging profession, and allow us to develop our own 'best veterinary self'. Podcast hosts Petra Agthe and Alison Collings (two vets with a long-standing interest in psychology and related disciplines) interview interesting guests, ranging from veterinary colleagues to psychologists, who share their knowledge, experiences and insights on specific subjects. Occasionally, we also schedule a 'rest and digest' episode in which we discuss and reflect on previous topics. This is a podcast for the whole veterinary community and we encourage listeners to provide feedback and enter the discussion! You can do this by sending us an email to vetmindworks@gmail.com. We are happily funding this podcast ourselves to keep it independent. However, you can show your support by donating towards a fundraising campaign in aid of a mental health project for Ukrainian veterinary colleagues: https://galaxyvets.foundation/campaigns/mental-health-support-for-ukrainian-veterinary-professionals/

1. Attention - with Steph Sorrell
Aug 3 2022
1. Attention - with Steph Sorrell
Welcome to our very first episode with a guest! We are starting our podcast with a mini-series on the personal resources, which are essential for performance and wellbeing: attention, energy and time. We firmly belief that learning to manage these resources well is key to a sustainable and enjoyable work life- but of course this is not always easy and so we are inviting guests who can share their own insights and experiences around resource management. Our first guest is Steph Sorrell, European Veterinary Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine and RCVS Specialist in Feline Medicine. Steph has also completed the level 5 Diploma in Mental Health Awareness and Wellbeing and Mindfulness Champion training and is passionate about increasing the mental health in the veterinary profession. Steph shares her own thoughts, insights and experiences about attention and attention control. In this episode we discuss: How controlling our attention can improve the work we do, how we feel and our ability to reflect on our activitiesWays in which attention has helped Steph to deal with her own personal and professional challengesThe way in which attention can help us to process our emotions How we can learn to become more attentive Where to find Steph Sorrell: On the web: On social media: evening sessions 8pm BST (together with Petra Agthe):The live sessions are currently paused as we are working on a YouTube channel with on-demand recordings.Other resources you may find interesting: Podcasts on the topic of attention: books on the topic to start meditating? Here are some of our recommendations for meditation Apps:Ten Percent Happier (Basic courses free, full version for subscription)Insight timer (free)UCLA Mindful (free)Study about autopilot mentioned in the episode:Killingsworth, M. and Gilbert, D. (2010). A wandering mind is an unhappy mind. Science, 330(6006), p.932.How To Support Us:We are happily funding this podcast ourselves to keep it independent. However, you can show your support by giving a donation towards a mental health project for Ukrainian veterinary colleagues: value your feedback! Please email us your thoughts, ideas and suggestions to vetmindworks@gmail.comWant to find out more about host Petra? Check out Credits: Music- Deep Ambience by Coma-Media, Pixabay; Images for Artwork- OpenClipart-Vectors, Pixabay
2. Energy - with Marie Holowaychuk
Sep 7 2022
2. Energy - with Marie Holowaychuk
Join host Petra and our guest Marie Holowaychuk (Emergency and Critical Care Specialist, yoga and mindfulness teacher and coach) for an insightful discussion all around the topic of energy.0:56  Introduction to episode and about Marie6:00  Importance of energy regulation 8:07 About energy management and change10:42 Interconnection of energy management with awareness, time management and boundary setting12:56 Why the term 'balance' can sometimes be unhelpful14:56 Importance of boundary setting17:25 Marie personal challenges with energy regulation, the importance of self-compassion, the effects of age and mindfulness23:13 Additional tips and tricks: about honesty, work-life compartmentalisation and seeing ourselves as important enough31:46 What intention and values have to do with energy management33:12 Why the feeling of guilt often gets in the way and what to do about it35:05 Quick and easy bits: delegation, and making things more efficient or fun37:20 Building the skill of energy managementWhere to find Marie Holowaychuk:On the web:Website: Podcast: YouTube Channel:  On social media:Facebook: To Support Us:We are happily funding this podcast ourselves to keep it independent. However, you can show your support by giving a donation towards a mental health project for Ukrainian veterinary colleagues: value your feedback! Please email us your thoughts, ideas and suggestions to vetmindworks@gmail.comWant to find out more about host Petra? Check out Credits: Music- Deep Ambience by Coma-Media, Pixabay; Images for Artwork- OpenClipart-Vectors, Pixabay
3. Time - with Karla Borland
Oct 5 2022
3. Time - with Karla Borland
Are you also struggling to find enough time to do all the things you need and want to do? You are certainly in good company as this is a phenomenon affecting most of us. And while there is no way to increase this finite resource, there are a few things that we can do to help us feel a little more in control. Our guest Karla Borland is a busy veterinary anaesthetist and competitive long-distance runner who has tried out a few things herself and is sharing her insights and experiences with host Petra Agthe. Main points discussed in this episode: 0:56  Introduction to episode4:30  Karla's busy schedule7:47  Karla's 3 key principles: Awareness of mortality, prioritisation, saying no when needed 10:19  Importance of good communication, importance of sustainability and acceptance of imperfection 19:00  Karla's tips on scheduling, email inbox system and making good use of little time pockets; connection between time, energy and attention; perfectionism revisited24:56  Importance of allowing time for recovery31:59  How to avoid procrastination33:23  Where to find Karla, Conclusion and Preview on next episodeOther resources you may be interested in:Podcast with Oliver Burkman about time management: Oliver Burkman: to say no: perfectionism: to find Karla Borland:Website: We are happily funding this podcast ourselves to keep it independent. However, you can show your support by donating towards a fundraising campaign in aid of a mental health project for Ukrainian veterinary colleagues: value your feedback! Please email us your thoughts, ideas and suggestions to vetmindworks@gmail.comWant to find out more about host Petra? Check out Credits: Music- Deep Ambience by Coma-Media, Pixabay; Images for Artwork- OpenClipart-Vectors, Pixabay
4. Performance and Wellbeing- with Dan Tipney
Nov 2 2022
4. Performance and Wellbeing- with Dan Tipney
Are you interested in how to deliver the best care for our patients and applying our clinical skills to the best of our ability? And would you like to know what our wellbeing has to do with it? Then you may want to listen to this conversation between host Petra Agthe and our guest Dan Tipney, who is an expert in human factors with experience in a variety of professions including sports, aviation, human healthcare and veterinary medicine. In this episode, Dan shares lots of interesting information all around the topic of delivering safe patient care - and about the fact that this can only be achieved, if we look adequately after our own physiological and psychological needs as individual and as teams. Main points discussed in this episode: 0:57    Why our show is advertisement free1:57    Introduction to this episode and introducing Dan5:25    About the relationship between performance and wellbeing10:51 Emotions, emotion regulation and how breathing techniques can help28:30 Weakness or strength? The two ends of the extreme in the human factor discussion, and the effects of dehydration, insufficient rest and sleep.36:51 Performance vs performing39:47 Detachment from outcome42:03 High performing veterinary teams45:05 Where to find Dan, Conclusion and PreviewDan's favourite resources on the topic: The high performance podcast: am... with Jonny Wilkinson: Brown - Dare to Lead: resources you may be interested in:How breath-control can change your life- scientific review article: exercise for stress: to find Dan Tipney and VetLed: are happily funding this podcast ourselves to keep it independent. However, you can show your support by donating towards a fundraising campaign in aid of a mental health project for Ukrainian veterinary colleagues: value your feedback! Please email us your thoughts, ideas and suggestions to vetmindworks@gmail.comWant to find out more about host Petra? Check out Credits: Music- Deep Ambience by Coma-Media, Pixabay; Images for Artwork- OpenClipart-Vectors, Pixabay