Veterinary Ramblings

Veterinary Ramblings

Tired of boring, clinical veterinary podcasts? Join Veterinarian Dr Julian Hoad & Anaesthetic Expert Mike Brampton, as they interview inspirational guests each week who are related to the veterinary world. Veterinary Ramblings is like going for a drink with your favourite work colleagues after a long day - we’ll make you laugh, inspire you and perhaps teach you something new! read less
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Episode 108: Change How You Think About Special Need Dogs With Tracey Turnbull
Jan 19 2024
Episode 108: Change How You Think About Special Need Dogs With Tracey Turnbull
In this episode, we delve into the heartwarming world of dog rescue and advocacy with the incredible Tracey Turnbull. Introduced to us by former guest Louise Buckley, Tracey enlightens us on the latest challenges facing dog charities, focusing on the complexities surrounding Brucella Canis, overseas rescues, and the financial aspects involved.Beginning with the intricacies of adoption fees, Tracey walks us through the process, shedding light on what it means to rescue special needs dogs. Through her personal adoption story, she passionately advocates for these dogs, sharing the impactful life lessons they've brought to her family and the broader community.Tracey's journey takes an unexpected turn as she recounts an accident that altered her life's trajectory and inspired her to become a nurse. We explore her career progression, gaining insights into her day-to-day responsibilities and the evolving landscape of mental health treatment in the UK, especially in children.The conversation takes a thought-provoking turn towards biomedical ethics, as Tracey shares her interest and expertise. Amidst a discussion on asking difficult questions, our hosts, Mike and Julian, humorously slip in one of their regular tricky queries – this time about Tracey's favourite bread. The segue leads us into a sensitive conversation about pet euthanasia, guiding listeners on how to approach this difficult decision and the emotional complexities it entails.As we navigate the poignant subject of loss, Tracey emphasizes the joy and love that any dog, especially those with special needs, can bring into one's life. Both hosts share their personal experiences with special needs pets, offering valuable insights. The episode wraps up with Tracey's 60-second CPD, titled "The Joy And Excitement Special Dogs Bring To Your Life," leaving listeners with a heartfelt appreciation for the unique bonds formed with our four-legged friends. Tune in for a touching exploration of compassion, resilience, and the transformative power of our furry companions. ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
Episode 104: Unlearning The Traditional Approach With Periwinkle Kaur
Nov 2 2023
Episode 104: Unlearning The Traditional Approach With Periwinkle Kaur
Join us on this episode of "Veterinary Ramblings" as we welcome Periwinkle Kaur, the Director of ESU Medical Solutions. With a unique blend of medical expertise and business acumen, Periwinkle is on a mission to transform both the veterinary and private healthcare industries.We kick off the show, true to our "veterinary ramblings" style, by delving into the whimsical topic of Periwinkle's favourite type of bread. But don't be fooled, our conversation quickly takes a serious turn as we explore the exciting realm of AI and chatbots like ChatGPT, discussing their potential applications in veterinary healthcare.As we navigate through our conversation, we learn about ESU Medical Solutions and uncover the surprising similarities between human and veterinary medical equipment. Periwinkle's unique background in dentistry provides a valuable perspective on medical innovation that spans across disciplines.Digging deeper, we touch on the deeply personal subject of religion and Periwinkle's thoughts on spirituality, offering a glimpse into the multifaceted nature of our remarkable guest.In a global context, we explore the differences between the UK's veterinary industry and other parts of the world, along with changing attitudes towards animals and pets.Towards the end of the episode, we present our "60-Second CPD" segment, where we discover the concept of unlearning. This leads to an in-depth discussion on how unlearning can be applied both professionally and personally.We conclude our insightful conversation with a thought-provoking reflection question that will leave you pondering long after the episode ends.Support the show ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
Episode 103: Human Arrogance And Animal Behaviour With Sarah Heath
Sep 7 2023
Episode 103: Human Arrogance And Animal Behaviour With Sarah Heath
In this episode of Veterinary Ramblings, we are thrilled to welcome the distinguished Sarah Heath from Behavioural Referrals Veterinary Practice. As Julian recalls his first encounter with Sarah during her tenure as a lecturer at the RVC, they embark on a journey through Sarah's career and evolving attitudes towards companion animals.Sarah's passion for animal behavior and veterinary medicine unfolds, from farm holidays as a child to a pivotal lecture that changed the course of her life as a student. The importance of a multidisciplinary approach to veterinary medicine takes centre stage, along with safeguarding considerations for behavioural referrals.Aspiring to help listeners make informed choices, Sarah provides valuable advice on finding reputable animal behaviourists and navigating the legal aspects when referring clients to non-veterinary experts. They tackle the pressing issue of online content that promotes animal mistreatment for humour, discussing ways to counteract such trends.Sarah sheds light on the mission and focus of Behavioural Referrals Veterinary Practice and emphasizes the one-health approach that considers the interconnectedness of human and animal health. The conversation dives into the complexities of the Dangerous Dogs Act, highlighting its impact irrespective of dog breed.For feline enthusiasts, Sarah unravels the intricacies of feline behaviour and emotional tendencies, sharing her insightful 'W' questions to decode the reasons behind certain animal behaviours.Don't miss Sarah's enlightening 60-second CPD segment, where she explores "What is comprehensive veterinary care?" This sparks a discussion on the various ways animals express joy, adding depth to our understanding of animal welfare.To conclude this captivating episode, Sarah opens up about her annual participation in the Race For Life and her profound love for Africa, offering opportunities for listeners to engage in meaningful conservation work.Support the show ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
Episode 102:  Opening An Orthopaedic Practice With Dr Andy Moores
Aug 24 2023
Episode 102: Opening An Orthopaedic Practice With Dr Andy Moores
This week we're delighted to be joined by Dr Andy Moores,  an internationally-recognised expert in small animal orthopaedics!Andy has had an interesting journey from almost not getting into veterinary school to being a double-boarded specialist. We start this week's episode by discussing Andy's time at Bristol University and the importance of finding your passion to be able to succeed and find joy in learning.  His clear passion for veterinary orthopaedics really shines through as we discuss the intricacies of elbow replacements in dogs.Andy shares his experience of opening up a new, independent practice - The Moores Orthopaedic Clinic!  This leads us to discuss the difference between corporate and independent veterinary practices and how this may be affecting new veterinary graduates. We chat about Andy's involvement in the British Veterinary Orthopaedic Association (BVOA), the different events they run and the need for more women in the orthopaedic discipline.  We discuss how the industry has changed over the years and how this has impacted work-life balance, residencies and personal development.Speaking of personal development, Andy delivers a fantastic 60-second CPD about diagnosing 'Early Cruciate Disease' and he explains some of the medical terminology we've used in layman's terms.  We finish off this week's episode by discussing Andy's experience of hosting a Ukrainian refugee family in his home and Julian presents this week's CPD Certificate. Support the show ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
Episode 101: From Academia to Antibiotics with Prof. Ian Ramsey
Aug 10 2023
Episode 101: From Academia to Antibiotics with Prof. Ian Ramsey
We're delighted to be joined by award-winning writer and former BSAVA President Professor Ian Ramsey. Join us as we delve into the pivotal moments that shaped Ian's career and explore the evolving landscape of veterinary education and practice.The episode commences with Ian recounting his early passion for veterinary science, sparked by a biology homework assignment. We learn how this childhood fascination paved the way for his decision to pursue a career in veterinary medicine and ultimately shape the next generation of aspiring veterinarians.He divulges how a transformative case report led him on an unexpected path towards academia, where he discovered his true calling as a professor. We also gain insights into his award-winning paper on TSH, a significant milestone in his academic journey.Ian shares his thoughts on why everyone tends to experience bouts of boredom with their job, the profound impact of the pandemic on career perceptions and how it has created ripples of change for the upcoming generation of veterinarians.Our conversation then delves into the realm of education, where Ian sheds light on how universities stay ahead of the curve in teaching methods to ensure students receive the best education possible. We discuss the merits of different formats such as live and pre-recorded sessions, considering their effects on attention spans and overall learning outcomes.In our 60-Second CPD, we delve into the intriguing topic of fever, exploring the distinctions between hyperthermia and pyrexia. Ian raises thought-provoking questions about whether veterinarians should continue to treat fever in patients as we traditionally do.Lastly, we learn how Ian is fighting the battle against antimicrobial resistance and explore the significance of following protocols and guidelines, and the potential impact on patient care and outcomes.Support the show ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
Episode 100: Improving The Lives Of Animals With Dr Alick Simmons
Jul 20 2023
Episode 100: Improving The Lives Of Animals With Dr Alick Simmons
This week we are joined by Dr Alick Simmons, a distinguished expert with a captivating career in animal welfare. Dr. Simmons takes us on a journey through his fascinating experiences and the motivation behind writing his groundbreaking book, 'Treated Like Animals: Improving The Lives Of Animals We Own, Eat And Use.'Together, we delve into the complex concept of animal sentience and explore the intriguing ways in which various species are perceived and treated differently by society.One of the central topics we explore is the profound impact of dietary choices on animal welfare and the planet. Dr. Simmons shares his personal approach to making ethical, informed decisions about food while acknowledging individual circumstances.As attitudes towards animal welfare and exploitation continue to evolve, we discuss the significance of allowing animals to exhibit their natural behaviours and the strides that have been made in this direction.Warning: This episode contains a candid conversation on animal slaughter and the contentious ventilation shutdown method. Dr. Simmons courageously addresses the complexities and decisions involved in confronting this sensitive issue.The conversation naturally steers toward the management of diseases, including the controversial topic of badger culling to combat TB and its implications for wildlife management in the UK.Dr. Simmons leaves us with a captivating 60-second CPD on wildlife management in the UK, prompting us to reflect on the disparities in how we treat animals and how we can extend our support to animals beyond our immediate care.Support the show ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
Ep 99: Healthcare, Cats Protection and Understanding Change With Jacky Eyres
Jul 6 2023
Ep 99: Healthcare, Cats Protection and Understanding Change With Jacky Eyres
This week we're delighted to be joined by Jacky Eyes, a retired Doctor of philosophy, human medicine nurse and current long-standing volunteer for Cats Protection.In this episode, we dive deep into Jacky's career, which began when she fearlessly embarked on her nurse training at the young age of 17. She takes us on a captivating journey through the various positions she held and reveals how she gracefully transitioned her career into leadership development.Jacky opens up about her observations on how the NHS has evolved over the years and the profound impact she believes it has had on shaping people's perceptions regarding the cost of veterinary pet care.Retirement hasn't slowed Jacky down one bit! As a volunteer branch coordinator for an impressive 15 years at Cats Protection, she has dedicated her time and energy to making a real difference in the lives of countless feline friends. Tune in as Jacky explains the aims of this incredible charity, the primary reasons why cats are rehomed, and how she found herself in such a pivotal role.But that's not all—Jacky's responsibilities extend beyond branch coordination. She also oversees the adoption process within her branch and shares fascinating insights into how it has evolved since the pandemic hit. Want to know more about why people choose to foster cats for charity? Well, Jacky spills the beans and even offers valuable information on how you can get involved if it piques your interest.Prepare yourself for a shocking tale of the havoc unneutered cats can wreak within a community. Jacky recounts an extreme example of what happens when things go wrong and how Cats Protection steps in to deal with such cases. Let's just say, it involves over 50 cats creating a rather messy situation on one residential street!You won't want to miss Jacky's fantastic 60-second CPD entitled 'If there's only one thing you know about change, make sure it's this.' Get ready to be inspired as she imparts valuable wisdom on understanding change and the intricate process it entails. And as a bonus, she leaves us with not one, but two thought-provoking reflective questions to ponder upon.Support the show ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
Ep 98: The Magic Of Mushrooms With Dr Rob Silver & Joni Kamlet
Jun 22 2023
Ep 98: The Magic Of Mushrooms With Dr Rob Silver & Joni Kamlet
In this captivating episode, our hosts Mike and Julian delve into the enchanting world of mushrooms alongside their knowledgeable guests, Dr Rob Silver and Joni Kamlet.  Join them as they unravel the remarkable symbiotic relationship mushrooms share with all living things and the potential these fungi hold for our health.Meet Rob, a veterinarian turned educator, who embarked on a transformative journey that led him to embrace the realms of mushrooms, cannabis, and integrated medicine. Alongside him is Joni, whose personal health struggles and spiritual awakening guided her towards a new path as an integrated vet tech. Together, they share their unique backstories and shed light on the growing allure of alternative medicine.In a thought-provoking discussion, our guests emphasize the importance of blending traditional treatment with alternative medicine, highlighting the holistic benefits it offers to clients. They emphasize that alternative medicine boasts a robust evidence base, providing a well-rounded option for those seeking comprehensive care.Rob and Joni offer intriguing insights into how veterinarians develop an interest in alternative medicine and the profound impact it can have on their perception of their profession. Rob delves into the intricacies of his role, revealing the stringent quality control measures required for the creation of the products he helps develop. He also shares intriguing details about a recent study he conducted on mushroom cultivation, providing fascinating insights into this burgeoning field.They then turn their attention to the controversial topic of cannabis for pets, with Rob, the author of a definitive book on the subject, dispelling common misunderstandings surrounding this unique form of medicine and exploring the potential it holds for transformative therapeutic applications.In a rapid-fire 60-second CPD session, Rob shares his passion for cooking and how it seamlessly blends with product development, offering a glimpse into his multifaceted expertise.Wrapping up the episode, Rob and Joni provide invaluable guidance on where veterinarians and pet owners can delve deeper into the evidence base behind mushroom medicine. They invite listeners to head over to realmushrooms.com, where comprehensive resources and information await.Support the show ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
Unveiling the Brucella Canis Crisis: A Candid Conversation with Louise Buckley & Mike Brampton
Jun 9 2023
Unveiling the Brucella Canis Crisis: A Candid Conversation with Louise Buckley & Mike Brampton
In this special episode of Veterinary Ramblings, we delve into a pressing issue currently affecting the veterinary industry. Our guest, Louise Buckley, takes centre stage as she shares her unique perspective on the treatment of dogs and their owners in relation to Brucella Canis.Louise, a former registered veterinary nurse, made the bold decision to remove herself from the Register of Veterinary Nurses held by the RCVS as a protest against the profession's approach to this matter. Driven by her unwavering commitment to animal welfare, Louise believes that she can make a more significant impact by voicing her concerns freely outside the boundaries of the professional code of conduct.During our enlightening conversation, Louise reveals her personal journey and the factors that led her to take this unprecedented step. Together, we explore the complex nuances surrounding Brucella Canis and the challenges faced by affected dogs and their owners. It's an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of this critical issue from someone who has been directly involved.We would like to emphasize the importance of compassion and open dialogue within the veterinary community. We acknowledge the divisive nature of this topic and encourage listeners to engage in constructive conversations rather than engage in heated arguments. While Louise's views are her own and may not necessarily reflect those of the podcast, we firmly believe in providing a fair and impartial platform for individuals to share their stories.Join us as we shed light on the Brucella Canis crisis and the passionate voices advocating for change. Together, let's foster a community that prioritizes the well-being of animals and works towards a better future in veterinary care.To follow Louise's story,  head over to  'Brucella Canis Former RVN resigned under protest' on Facebook.Please note: Louise has brought to our attention that a further explanation of positive predictive value (PPV) is required to clarify what this means for the dogs involved as many people will not realise what a PPV is or what it means for interpreting the test.PPV is in relation to dogs that have tested positive already, rather than dogs that have not yet been tested. It relates to the question that veterinary professionals need to ask once they have a dog with a positive result in front of them: "Given that this dog has tested positive, what is the probability that this is a true positive?" The answer is the PPV of the test in this situation and the value of the PPV interacts with both the specificity of the disease and with the prevalence of the disease among the population of interest.In the case of the Dogs Trust data presented in this presentation, the answer is that if the specificity is 99% (the APHA claim this figure for their parallel testing SAT and iELISA combined approach), and the prevalence of Brucella Canis is 1% (based on the Dogs Trust data and corrected to reflect excess cases above the expected rate of false positives), roughly 1 in 2 dogs will be a true positive, and 1 in 2 dogs will be a false positive. This is very different to a claim that one in two UNTESTED dogs will test positive and important that listeners appreciate this.Support the show ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
Ep 96: Telemedicine And Technology In The Veterinary Industry With Jessica May
May 11 2023
Ep 96: Telemedicine And Technology In The Veterinary Industry With Jessica May
This week we’re joined by Jessica May MRCVS! Jessica has worked in mixed and equine practices, both in the United Kingdom and Hong Kong. Having worked in a variety of clinics, she has experience in first opinion, referral hospital and charity settings. We begin this week's episode by discussing Jessica’s time spent in Hong Kong as an intern at a jockey club and her love for seedy loaf bread!We talk about Jessica’s pioneering role using TeleMedicine within the equine industry, and her work with FirstVet, an independent digital veterinary clinic.Jessica goes on to explain how online vet services can be utilised alongside traditional appointments. She describes both the challenges and benefits of bridging the gap between veterinary clinical care and the tech world.We talk about the increasing pressure on vet professionals, particularly new grads, and how we can leverage technology to help support workers' mental health within the industry.Jessica delivers an insightful 60-second CPD providing 3 tips and tricks on how to get the most out of telemedicine consultations We then discuss Flexee, Jessica’s new business that not only helps raise awareness and understanding of flexible working but also offers solutions to implement this within a practice.Jessica asks our listeners to reflect on the lessons learned throughout the pandemic and shares her fond memories of hiking in the British countryside. Support the show ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
Ep 95: Change The Way You Teach With Toby Trimble
Apr 27 2023
Ep 95: Change The Way You Teach With Toby Trimble
This week we're joined by Toby Trimble, an RCVS and ECVAA Specialist in veterinary anaesthesia and analgesia, award-winning speaker and founder of Trimble Group (previously Trimble Productions). We begin this week's episode at the start of Toby's journey, from a child struggling with dyslexia to a teenager with no GCSEs or A-levels, overcoming adversity to enter the veterinary profession.  He explains how, despite his unconventional application, he thrived at Nottingham vet school and went on to become an Associate Professor.We've all felt a little uninspired at webinars, so Toby offers up his advice for presenting better and how his company, Trimble Group, aims to change the CPD game. We wonder what Toby would say to his younger self, discuss the impact of neurodiversity, and the importance of embracing your differences.As someone who has gone on to pass many difficult exams, Toby shares his tips and tricks for exam preparation and clear thinking under pressure, delivering an excellent 60-Second CPD about teaching, which leads us to reflect on the value of storytelling in regard to audience retention.With his team, Toby has created nearly 700 CPD lessons and online CPD broadcasts and runs the Future of Education events which are attended by academics and science communications around the world. To learn more from the Trimble Group, head over to their website (https://www.trimblegroup.io/).Support the show ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
Ep 93: From Pet Care to Drag Racing with Laura Jones RVN
Mar 23 2023
Ep 93: From Pet Care to Drag Racing with Laura Jones RVN
Join us as we chat with Laura Jones RVN about her life as a veterinary nurse, her hobbies, and her passion for internal medicine. Laura shares her journey to becoming a veterinary nurse and the importance of nurses to the veterinary team and client relations. Outside of work, Laura is an adrenaline junkie who loves to drag race and explains what this courageous hobby involves and how it helps her switch off from work.We also delve into the impact of the pandemic on the veterinary industry and client expectations. Laura tells us about how she accidentally ventured into internal medicine and how it has become her niche. She shares her different responsibilities and how they contribute to providing quality care for pets.We pose a difficult question to Laura: what does the quality of life mean and how does it differ between clients and their pets? Laura provides insightful answers and highlights the need for both clients and practitioners to improve their perception of veterinary nursing.In addition, Laura takes on our 60-second CPD challenge and delivers a fantastic run-down of the six things you need to do during nurse clinics for chronic disease patients. She also asks us to reflect on the circumstances that could be behind difficult behaviour between colleagues and clients.If you're interested in learning more about Laura and her work, head over to her website https://www.veterinaryinternalmedicinenursing.com/. Support the show ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
Ep 92: Stem Cell Therapy & Regenerative Medicine With Dr Russell Chandler
Mar 9 2023
Ep 92: Stem Cell Therapy & Regenerative Medicine With Dr Russell Chandler
This week we are joined by the fantastic Dr Russell Chandler! Russell graduated from the University of Bristol Veterinary School and has a self-confessed addiction to learning! He has studied various post-graduate qualifications including the RCVS Certificate in Small Animal Orthopaedics, an MSc in Orthopaedic Engineering and RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Orthopaedics.His current clinical interests are multimodal osteoarthritis management and regenerative medicine and he is currently studying for an MSc in stem cells and regeneration at the University of Bristol.Russell explains why he thinks imposter syndrome is such an issue for veterinary professionals and how it works in conjunction with the scientific discipline.As someone addicted to learning, we discuss one of Russell's degrees in orthopaedic engineering. We ask: what exactly does that mean? How did he find it as a veterinarian working with human surgeons? And how has it impacted his work?We then discuss his work combining orthopaedic work with stem cells and regenerative medicine. Russell explains what stem cells are and how they can be used in a way that's very easy to understand and summarises all of the things you need to know about stem cell therapy in this week's 60-second CPD.  Lastly, Russell talks about his work with the Veterinary Orthopaedic Alliance and the importance of practising gratitude in both your professional and personal life.Support the show ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
Ep 91: Small Animal Nutrition And Raw Feeding With Dr Mike Davies
Feb 23 2023
Ep 91: Small Animal Nutrition And Raw Feeding With Dr Mike Davies
Dr Mike Davies graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, University of London, in 1976. He owned his own veterinary practice for more than 11 years and has worked in academia and in the pet food and pharmaceutical industries.Mike has postgraduate Certificates in Veterinary Radiology and Small Animal Orthopaedics and a Diploma in Small Animal Clinical Nutrition. He published one of the first books on Veterinary Geriatrics and has also published numerous papers. Mike is an RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Clinical Nutrition and has always been a very active member of the BSAVA, attending his first Congress when he was a student in the 1970s.We find out how Mike's upbringing influenced his decision to become a vet and how one lecture changed the trajectory of his career from zoology to nutrition. Mike obtained his fellowship for the RCVS, despite being examined by his competitors and doing a very tricky exam (not for the reasons you may think!)As Mike has had a long career, we discuss the benefits of working in the veterinary practice, how the profession has changed over the years and the problems we're facing that affect the service we can provide to our clients. Mike offers up his solutions to the problems our industry is facing and delivers a fantastic 60 Second CPD entitled 'Lack Of Knowledge About Clinical Nutrition In  Veterinary Practice'We then reflect on how we assess the nutrition of our pregnant pets and discuss how nutrition deficiency creates unexpected problems for our client's pets. Lastly, we discuss the guidelines for 'complete' pet food and the consequences for other animals, and humans,  when people chose a raw food diet for their pets Support the show ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★