The Cone of Shame Veterinary Podcast

Dr. Andy Roark

The Cone of Shame Podcast is the podcast all about life in Veterinary Medicine. Dr Andy Roark covers medical related topics with help from experts in the veterinary industry.

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COS - 161 - Leaders Should NOT Eat Last - Hungry And Burned Out Is Not How We Thrive
3d ago
COS - 161 - Leaders Should NOT Eat Last - Hungry And Burned Out Is Not How We Thrive
Dr. Michael Miller joins the podcast to talk about the downside of leaders eating last. He and Dr. Andy Roark discuss what happens when servant leadership turns to martydom, signs that practice leaders are "giving" in an unhealthy way, and what to do about it. This episode is perfect for anyone who is pouring their heart and soul into practice and feels burned out and used up at the end of the day. LINKS Leaders Eat Last: Andy Roark Exam Room Communication Tool Box Course: on my Scrubs?! Card Game: Andy Roark Swag: drandyroark.com/shop All Links: linktr.ee/DrAndyRoark ABOUT OUR GUEST: Dr. Michael W. Miller is the co-owner of a four-hospital small animal practice in the far southwest suburbs of Chicago, seeing patients at Lakewood Animal Hospital in Morris, Illinois. In addition to dogs and cats, he has a special interest in reptiles which led him to start a wildlife rescue at his practice for hit-by-car turtles. He currently serves on the Illinois Veterinary Medical Alumni Association executive board. After being a contributing author to the DrAndyRoark.com and UnchartedVet.com websites, he started his blog called Harry Potter Vet, where he uses comparisons to the wizarding world to help veterinary professionals and himself discover the magic in veterinary medicine. Recently he has started sharing that magic through speaking engagements – most notably the AVMA Veterinary Leadership Conference and the Uncharted Veterinary Conference. Outside of vet med, he also is discovering the magic of parenthood as he and his wife raise their two young sons.
COS - 161 - Leaders Should NOT Eat Last - Hungry And Burned Out Is Not How We Thrive
3d ago
COS - 161 - Leaders Should NOT Eat Last - Hungry And Burned Out Is Not How We Thrive
Dr. Michael Miller joins the podcast to talk about the downside of leaders eating last. He and Dr. Andy Roark discuss what happens when servant leadership turns to martydom, signs that practice leaders are "giving" in an unhealthy way, and what to do about it. This episode is perfect for anyone who is pouring their heart and soul into practice and feels burned out and used up at the end of the day. LINKS Leaders Eat Last: Andy Roark Exam Room Communication Tool Box Course: on my Scrubs?! Card Game: Andy Roark Swag: drandyroark.com/shop All Links: linktr.ee/DrAndyRoark ABOUT OUR GUEST: Dr. Michael W. Miller is the co-owner of a four-hospital small animal practice in the far southwest suburbs of Chicago, seeing patients at Lakewood Animal Hospital in Morris, Illinois. In addition to dogs and cats, he has a special interest in reptiles which led him to start a wildlife rescue at his practice for hit-by-car turtles. He currently serves on the Illinois Veterinary Medical Alumni Association executive board. After being a contributing author to the DrAndyRoark.com and UnchartedVet.com websites, he started his blog called Harry Potter Vet, where he uses comparisons to the wizarding world to help veterinary professionals and himself discover the magic in veterinary medicine. Recently he has started sharing that magic through speaking engagements – most notably the AVMA Veterinary Leadership Conference and the Uncharted Veterinary Conference. Outside of vet med, he also is discovering the magic of parenthood as he and his wife raise their two young sons.
COS - 160 - Cats And Carbs: New Research On A Nutritional Controversy
Sep 15 2022
COS - 160 - Cats And Carbs: New Research On A Nutritional Controversy
Dr. Dottie Laflamme, a board certified veterinary nutritionist, joins the podcast to discuss a peer-reviewed article she first-authored earlier this year: Evidence does not support the controversy regarding carbohydrates in feline diets. She and Dr. Roark discuss the controversy, the role of carbohydrates in feline digestion and disease pathology and management, and finally, the pros and cons of feeding a wet vs dry commercial food. LINKS: Evidence does not support the controversy regarding carbohydrates in feline diets: Institute: University Vet Nutrition: Andy Roark Exam Room Communication Tool Box Course: on my Scrubs?! Card Game: Andy Roark Swag: drandyroark.com/shop All Links: linktr.ee/DrAndyRoark ABOUT OUR GUEST: Dr. Dottie Laflamme received her DVM, MS in ruminant nutrition, and PhD in nutrition and physiology, all from the University of Georgia. She completed her clinical nutrition residency as an ALPO Postdoctoral Fellow in Clinical Nutrition. Dr. Laflamme is a Diplomate and past-President of the American College of Veterinary Nutrition. She is an author on over 200 scientific and technical publications; and has been a speaker at a number of veterinary, research, and continuing education programs worldwide. She worked for Purina (first Ralston Purina, now Nestle Purina) in the Research and Development Department from 1990 until her retirement in 2015. Her research focused on therapeutic nutrition, especially obesity management, and geriatric nutrition. She currently works as an independent consultant. Dottie lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western Virginia.
COS - 158 - Is It Worth Being Online Anymore? Reputation Management Post - Pandemic
Sep 8 2022
COS - 158 - Is It Worth Being Online Anymore? Reputation Management Post - Pandemic
Bill Schroeder joins Dr. Andy Roark to discuss how digital marketing for veterinarians has changed in recent years. They debate the value of spending time and energy online as a veterinary practice, and then discuss strategies for responding to negative online reviews and building a rock-solid online reputation. LINKS: Avoid a Toxic Team: Creating Psychological Safety: Sh*t Done Shorthanded Virtual Conference: Reputation Resource: Examiner: Contact Info: bill@intouchvet.com Dr. Andy Roark Exam Room Communication Tool Box Course: on my Scrubs?! Card Game: Andy Roark Swag: drandyroark.com/shop All Links: linktr.ee/DrAndyRoark ABOUT OUR GUEST: Bill Schroeder is an entrepreneur, international speaker, veterinary thought leader, and digital marketing enthusiast who has, for the past 28 years, leveraged his love of people and pets to help veterinary practices grow and thrive. He has say on the Board of Directors for VetPartners, teaches within the MBA program at Purdue University, and can be found teaching from many of the veterinary conference stages around the world. Bill owns InTouch Practice Communications (www.InTouchVet.com), a full-service digital marketing agency built specifically for the veterinary community. His firm and more than 8,000 client success stories are the basis for his totally non-commercial talks. This unique view into the techniques and principles that are actually making the most impact drive his classes to be extremely relevant and empowering as the content is drawn from actual experience. It’s the stuff that works. Bill will teach you how to implement these things in your practice. As a former United States Marine, he is a forever patriot and eagerly supports many veteran’s causes. Bill lives in the Chicago suburbs with his wife Katie, daughters Madison and Lilly, and their very jealous schnauzer, Olive.
COS - 159 - Probiotics in Behavior Cases?
Sep 5 2022
COS - 159 - Probiotics in Behavior Cases?
What role can nutrition and probiotics play in addressing behavior problems? Probably more than you think. Dr. Ragen McGowan, Ph.D. joins Dr. Andy Roark to discuss the link between the gut and the mind, how Purina's new Calming Care supplement has been shown to help dogs and cats, and what expectations veterinarians can have (and set for clients) for working with these products. LINKS: Purina Pet Expertise: Pro Plan Vet Direct: Andy Roark Exam Room Communication Tool Box Course: on my Scrubs?! Card Game: Andy Roark Swag: drandyroark.com/shop All Links: linktr.ee/DrAndyRoark ABOUT OUR GUEST: Ragen is the Senior Manager of the Global Pet IoT, AI and Digital Solutions Group at Nestlé Purina leading work to generate pet behavior and wellbeing insights. She has over 20 years of experience in animal behavior research, the last 13 of which have been with Nestlé Purina using a holistic approach incorporating behavior, physiology and endocrinology to quantify affective states and temperament in dogs and cats. With this knowledge she aims to create products that cater to different behavioral needs of pets and to better understand and quantify the human-animal bond from the pet’s perspective. Ragen earned B.S. in Zoology, a B.A. in Foreign Language and Literature and a PhD in Applied Ethology from Washington State University in Pullman, Washington. Her PhD research focused on Contrafreeloading behavior, a phenomenon whereby animals choose to work for food even when the same food is freely available, in grizzly bears, laying hens and laboratory mice. In addition, Ragen worked on other projects examining play behavior in piglets and children and means to reduce problem behaviors such as cannibalism in laying hens. Prior to joining Nestlé Purina Ragen held a post-doctoral research position in the Section for Ethology and Animal Welfare at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala, Sweden. Her post-doctoral research focused on the study of emotionality in dogs. Specifically, she explored new methodology to objectively evaluate positive emotions in animals. This included using Cognitive Bias and Contrast to measure emotional states and studying the ‘Eureka Effect’ (emotional reactions to learning) in dogs. She is now bringing this knowledge of animal behavior and emotions into the digital space to better connect owners with their pets. Ragen has a passion for sharing her vast knowledge of pet behavior and the human-animal bond. In addition to speaking at a variety of events for Purina, she serves as a reviewer for several scientific journals and is a contributing scientific expert for scientific congresses, roundtables and podcasts. In addition to her passion for animals, Ragen is also an avid dancer and has been an instructor of ballroom dance for many years. Ragen is based in Saint Joseph, Missouri where she lives with her husband, two children and two giant rescue dogs, Luna and Perry.
COS - 157 - Pulmonic Stenosis In The Bulldog (HDYTT)
Sep 1 2022
COS - 157 - Pulmonic Stenosis In The Bulldog (HDYTT)
Veterinary cardiologist Dr. Anna Mac joins us to discuss the case of Baguette, a 2 year-old english bulldog with brachycephalic airway disease and pulmonic stenosis. Dr. Mac covers the diagnostic workup, treatment options and likely outcomes. This is a common condition in a common breed... and you won't want to miss this episode! LINKS: Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine: Andy Roark Exam Room Communication Tool Box Course: on my Scrubs?! Card Game: Andy Roark Swag: drandyroark.com/shop All Links: linktr.ee/DrAndyRoark ABOUT OUR GUEST: Dr. McManamey (aka Dr. Mac) is a veterinary cardiologist. She received her degree of veterinary medicine from the University of Missouri. She then completed a rotating internship at the Ohio State University followed by an emergency and critical care internship at North Carolina State University. She finished her cardiology residency at North Carolina State University and became an ACVIM diplomate in 2021. Dr. Mac is currently an assistant clinical professor at Purdue University in Indiana. Cardiology is her favorite subject because it can be made as simple or as complex as needed. Furthermore, every animal has a heart and that means Dr. Mac gets to work with all kinds of species. Her areas of interest within cardiology are echocardiogram, congenital heart disease and interventional procedures, as well as emergency management of cardiac disease. She has a very supportive and patient husband along with three canine fur-children, one of which had a patent ductus arteriosus (of course).
COS - 155 - Causes And Treatments For Hypoglycemia In Dogs (HDYTT)
Aug 18 2022
COS - 155 - Causes And Treatments For Hypoglycemia In Dogs (HDYTT)
Hypogylcemia trips veterinarians up in a number of ways. It has a variety of causes and some can be more challenging to pinpoint than others. In this episode, Veterinary Medical Internist Dr. Andrew Woolcock joins Dr. Andy Roark to discuss the case of a young hypoglycemic yorkie, before expanding the conversation to discuss hypoglycemia in general. This discussion covers causes of hypoglycemia, appropriate diagnostic workups, and practical treatment approaches. LINKS Shorthanded Virtual Conference: Andy Roark Exam Room Communication Tool Box Course: on my Scrubs?! Card Game: Andy Roark Swag: drandyroark.com/shop All Links: linktr.ee/DrAndyRoark ABOUT OUR GUEST: Dr. Woolcock is a veterinary internist. He’s from the Midwest and did his schooling at Michigan State University, where he graduated with his DVM. After an internship at North Carolina State University, Dr. Woolcock completed a residency in small animal internal medicine at the University of Georgia. He joined the faculty at Purdue University in 2015, and is currently an Associate Professor of Small Animal Internal Medicine. Dr. Woolcock loves the complex puzzles that internal medicine patients present, and loves working with students as they put the pieces together. He loves all-things-medicine, because physiology is so fascinating, but he especially gravitates toward immune-mediated diseases and endocrinology. Dr. Woolcock enjoys his clinical practice, but also his research in oxidative stress, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. When he’s not at work, Dr. Woolcock is likely watching old movies with his husband and their dog, Auggie (not sure of what breed he is, so they invented one for him – a Miniature Fluftoffee).
COS - 154 - The Ethics Of Behavioral, Convenience And Economic Euthanasia
Aug 11 2022
COS - 154 - The Ethics Of Behavioral, Convenience And Economic Euthanasia
Dr. Mary Gardner is on the podcast to discuss the ethics of behavioral and economic euthanasia. We talk about what makes some euthanasia cases more ethically difficult than others, and the 4 types of euthanasia generally seen in practice: 1) Imminent Euthanasia 2) Non-Imminent Euthanasia 3) Non-Medical Euthanasia 4) Convenience Euthanasia Dr. Gardner walks us through a series of challenging decisions and tells stories that bring her points to life. This is an outstanding episode that you will not want to miss! LINKS: Lap of Love Pet Hospice: Shorthanded Virtual Conference: Andy Roark Exam Room Communication Tool Box Course: on my Scrubs?! Card Game: Andy Roark Swag: drandyroark.com/shop All Links: linktr.ee/DrAndyRoark ABOUT OUR GUEST: "There is nothing better to Dr. Gardner than a dog with a grey muzzle or skinny old cat! Her professional goal is to increase awareness and medical care for the geriatric veterinary patient and to help make the final life stage to be as peaceful as possible, surrounded with dignity and support for all involved. A University of Florida graduate (AND ANDY’S CLASSMATE!), she discovered her niche in end-of-life care and is the co-founder and CIO of Lap of Love which has over 300 veterinarians around the country dedicated to veterinary hospice and euthanasia in the home. Dr. Gardner and Lap of Love have been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine, The New York Times, the Associated Press, The Doctors and numerous professional veterinary publications. She is co-author of the textbook “The Treatment and Care of the Veterinary Patient”, co-author of a children’s activity book focused on saying goodbye to a dog called “Forever Friend”, and the author of a book dedicated to pet owners “It’s Never Long Enough: A practical guide to caring for your geriatric dog”. Dr. Gardner also won VMX Small Animal Speaker of the year in 2020!"
COS - 153 - Big Cat With A Big Heart - Feline Cardiomyopathy (HDYTT)
Aug 4 2022
COS - 153 - Big Cat With A Big Heart - Feline Cardiomyopathy (HDYTT)
Veterinary cardiologist Dr. Mac is back on the podcast! We are talking about an 8 year-old Maine Coon Cat named Jerry who came in for limping... and who happens to have a very large heart on radiographs. How concerned should we be? How much deeper should we investigate? What do we tell the owners? This and more coming up in this episode of the Cone of Shame! LINKS: Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine: We Can - Leading a Solution Oriented Team: Andy Roark Exam Room Communication Tool Box Course: on my Scrubs?! Card Game: Andy Roark Swag: drandyroark.com/shop All Links: linktr.ee/DrAndyRoark ABOUT OUR GUEST: Dr. McManamey (aka Dr. Mac) is a veterinary cardiologist. She received her degree of veterinary medicine from the University of Missouri. She then completed a rotating internship at the Ohio State University followed by an emergency and critical care internship at North Carolina State University. She finished her cardiology residency at North Carolina State University and became an ACVIM diplomate in 2021. Dr. Mac is currently an assistant clinical professor at Purdue University in Indiana. Cardiology is her favorite subject because it can be made as simple or as complex as needed. Furthermore, every animal has a heart and that means Dr. Mac gets to work with all kinds of species. Her areas of interest within cardiology are echocardiogram, congenital heart disease and interventional procedures, as well as emergency management of cardiac disease. She has a very supportive and patient husband along with three canine fur-children, one of which had a patent ductus arteriosus (of course).
COS - 152 - Cancer Screening & "Liquid Biopsy" - What You Need To Know
Aug 1 2022
COS - 152 - Cancer Screening & "Liquid Biopsy" - What You Need To Know
Dr. Andi Flory, an accomplished veterinary medical oncologist, joins Dr. Andy Roark to discuss the OncoK9 multi-cancer early detection test, a “liquid biopsy” capable of detecting 30 different types of canine cancer. She explains why this test is so different from traditional aspirate and biopsy approaches, what scenarios it might be used in, and how its utilization may increase longevity and quality of life for some cancer patients. She reviews the CANDiD Study and discusses sensitivity and specificity of the OncoK9 "liquid biopsy" test across various types of canine cancers. LINKS: - PetDx: The CANDiD Study: validation of a next-generation sequencing-based multi-cancer early detection “liquid biopsy” blood test in over 1,000 dogs using an independent testing set: The CANcer Detection in Dogs (CANDiD) study - OncoK9 Cancer SAFE Tool: OncoK9 Cancer SAFE™ (Screening Age For Early detection) tool uses data from over 3,000 cancer-diagnosed dogs to determine the age at which it may be appropriate to start annual cancer screening for your dog. - Resources page: supporting resources, including our clinical validation study, continuing education (CE) programs, research publications and posters, and product documentation. ABOUT OUR GUEST: Dr. Andi Flory, DVM, DACVIM (Oncology) Chief Medical Officer, PetDX Dr. Flory is a specialist in medical oncology with nearly two decades of experience practicing and publishing in the areas of early cancer diagnosis, treatments, trials, and novel diagnostic test evaluation. A diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in oncology, Dr. Flory graduated from the Ohio State University of College of Veterinary Medicine and completed additional training at Florida Veterinary Specialists and Cancer Treatment Center in Tampa, Florida, and Cornell University. In 2019, she treated a small dog named Poppy for pancreatic cancer. Poppy lost her battle with the disease, but left an indelible mark on Dr. Flory, leading her to a newfound passion for cancer genomics. Soon after, Dr. Grosu tapped Dr. Flory to launch PetDx and serve as its first chief medical officer. Prior to PetDx, most recently she co-directed the oncology internship and served as a medical oncologist at Veterinary Specialty Hospital in San Diego. Dr. Flory founded the medical oncology service at a sister hospital, Veterinary Specialty Hospital - North County. Prior to that she was a staff oncologist, resident advisor and co-chief of the oncology department at The Animal Medical Center in New York City. She has served as a principal investigator for national and international multi-site clinical investigational studies. Dr. Flory is constantly expanding her knowledge in cutting-edge areas of veterinary medicine. She holds a certificate in genomics from The Johns Hopkins University along with certificates in cancer genomics and precision oncology, and genetic testing and sequencing technologies from Harvard Medical School. In addition, Dr. Flory is a skilled lecturer. An avid snowboarder and passionate foodie, when not keeping up with two preschoolers, Dr. Flory loves to travel, spend time with her husband, sons, their cat Mochi, and dog Cheyenne.
COS - 151 - Can Bundling Diagnostics Make Your Practice Faster, Simpler And More Profitable?
Jul 28 2022
COS - 151 - Can Bundling Diagnostics Make Your Practice Faster, Simpler And More Profitable?
Dr. Natalie Marks joins the podcast to discuss how invoice bundling (the bundling together of diagnostics, specifically) can help inexperienced doctors develop, leverage technicians more effectively, increase profitability, make cases simpler for practitioners, and speed up our treatment of sick pets. She and Dr. Andy Roark also discuss advice for getting veterinarians on board with diagnostic bundling, what bundles make the most sense, and what common mistakes to avoid when introducing the concept to your clinic. LINKS Veterinary Angel Network (VANE): Natalie Marks' Website: Andy Roark Exam Room Communication Tool Box Course: on my Scrubs?! Card Game: Andy Roark Swag: drandyroark.com/shop All Links: linktr.ee/DrAndyRoark ABOUT OUR GUEST: Dr. Natalie Marks obtained her bachelor's degree with High Honors in Animal Science from the University of Illinois in 1998, and then proceeded to obtain a Masters in Veterinary Medicine and Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree with High Honors from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. She became a Certified Veterinary Journalist in 2018. She has been a veterinarian at Blum Animal Hospital since 2006, co-owner until 2018 and current associate. Prior to 2006, Dr. Marks worked at Allatoona Animal Hospital just north of Atlanta, GA. Her media experience began in print when she created several monthly veterinary columns in multiple community magazines and was a frequent guest speaker for the German Shepherd and Bernese Mountain Dog clubs of Atlanta. Dr. Marks has received many prestigious awards in her career. She was awarded the Dr. Erwin Small First Decade Award, presented to a veterinarian that has contributed the most to organized veterinary medicine in his or her first decade of practice. In 2012, Dr. Marks was awarded Petplan's nationally-recognized Veterinarian of the Year. In 2015, she was awarded America’s Favorite Veterinarian by the American Veterinary Medical Foundation. And, most recently in 2017, she was awarded Nobivac’s Veterinarian of the Year for her work on canine Influenza. Dr. Marks is a regular columnist in Today’s Veterinary Business, Healthy Pet magazine, and Pet Vet, and has been published in Veterinary Medicine magazine, DVM magazine, Dogster, and Vetted. She is on the Advisory Board for Health Magazine and also was the host of numerous veterinary broadcasts for the Viticus Group (formerly WVC). She is a desired national and international lecturer for many of the same companies at VMX, WVC, AVMA and regional conferences, and most recently was a featured speaker at Ceva Sweden’s Derm Day and the Royal Canin Global Symposium. Dr. Marks finds the ideal combination of teaching/mentoring and improving the emotional health of pets in the Fear Free movement. She sat on the Fear Free Executive Council and is a national educator helping other private practitioners develop these techniques. She also led her practice to become the 7th nationally and first practice in Illinois to become a Fear Free Certified Hospital. She is an Elite Fear Free Certified Professional. Finally, Dr. Marks is a serial entrepreneur, angel investor and consultant, and one of the newer members of VANE, the Veterinary Angel Network.
COS - 150 - Is It A Seizure, Heart Disease... Or IMHA? (HDYTT)
Jul 21 2022
COS - 150 - Is It A Seizure, Heart Disease... Or IMHA? (HDYTT)
Veterinary Internist Dr. Andrew Woolcock joins the podcast to discuss a 6 year-old Cocker Spaniel with an acute onset of lethargy, inappetance and depression. She also had a single collapsing episode that might or might not have been a seizure. Could this actually be IMHA? Dr. Woolcock talks through his diagnostic workup of choice and a variety of treatment options. LINKS ACVIM consensus statement on the treatment of immune-mediated hemolytic anemia in dogs - consensus statement on the diagnosis of immune-mediated hemolytic anemia in dogs and cats - College of Veterinary Medicine: Andy Roark Exam Room Communication Tool Box Course: on my Scrubs?! Card Game: Andy Roark Swag: drandyroark.com/shop All Links: linktr.ee/DrAndyRoark ABOUT OUR GUEST: Dr. Andrew Woolcock is a veterinary internist. He’s from the Midwest and did his schooling at Michigan State University, where he graduated with his DVM. After an internship at North Carolina State University, Dr. Woolcock completed a residency in small animal internal medicine at the University of Georgia. He joined the faculty at Purdue University in 2015, and is currently an Associate Professor of Small Animal Internal Medicine. Dr. Woolcock loves the complex puzzles that internal medicine patients present, and loves working with students as they put the pieces together. He loves all-things-medicine, because physiology is so fascinating, but he especially gravitates toward immune-mediated diseases and endocrinology. Dr. Woolcock enjoys his clinical practice, but also his research in oxidative stress, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. When he’s not at work, Dr. Woolcock is likely watching old movies with his husband and their dog, Auggie (not sure of what breed he is, so they invented one for him – a Miniature Fluftoffee).
COS - 149 - The Vet At Noah's Ark: Stories Of Survival From An Inner - City Animal Hospital
Jul 14 2022
COS - 149 - The Vet At Noah's Ark: Stories Of Survival From An Inner - City Animal Hospital
Dr. Doug Mader joins Dr. Andy Roark to talk about his new book, The Vet at Noah's Ark: Stories of Survival from an Inner-City Animal Hospital. They discuss Dr. Mader's career in inner-city LA during and immediately after the Rodney King trial in the early 1990s, Dr. Mader's evolution as both writer and veterinarian, and Dr. Mader's view of where veterinary medicine is going in the future. From the publisher: From renowned veterinarian Dr. Doug Mader comes a stirring account of his fight to protect his animal patients and human staff amid the dangerous realities of inner-city life and the Los Angeles riots—and a celebration of the remarkable human-animal bond. The life of a veterinarian is challenging: keeping up with advances in medical care, making difficult decisions about people’s beloved companions, and, in Dr. Doug Mader’s case, navigating the social unrest in Los Angeles in the early 1990s. As one of the few exotic animal experts in California, he was just as likely to be treating a lion as a house cat. The Vet at Noah's Ark: Stories of Survival from an Inner-City Animal Hospital follows Dr. Mader and his staff over the course of a year at Noah’s Ark Veterinary Hospital, an inner-city LA area veterinary hospital where Dr. Mader treats not only dogs and cats, but also emus, skunks, snakes, foxes, monkeys, and a host of other exotic animals. This real life drama is set against the backdrop of the trial of four police officers in the Rodney King case, as well as the violent aftermath following their acquittal. LINKS: The Vet at Noah's Ark: Doug Mader's Wedsite: Doug Mader on Facebook: Dr. Andy Roark Exam Room Communication Tool Box Course: on my Scrubs?! Card Game: Andy Roark Swag: drandyroark.com/shop All Links: linktr.ee/DrAndyRoark ABOUT OUR GUEST: Douglas R. Mader, MS, DVM, Diplomate ABVP (Canine/Feline), Diplomate, ABVP (Reptile/Amphibian), Diplomate, ECZM (Herpetology), Fellow, Royal Society of Medicine Dr. Mader received his DVM from the University of California, Davis in 1986. In addition, he completed a Residency in Primate and Zoo animal medicine. He is the consulting veterinarian for the Monroe County Sheriff's Zoo, the Key West Aquarium, Dynasty Marine, the Sea Turtle Hospital, the Everglades Alligator Farm and the Theater of the Sea. Previously Dr. Mader owned the Marathon Veterinary Hospital, a double AAHA accredited 24 hr emergency/referral hospital. Dr. Mader is an internationally acclaimed lecturer and is on the review boards of several scientific journals. He has published numerous articles in scientific and veterinary journals, national magazines, and, is the author/editor and co-editor of three textbooks on Reptile Medicine and Surgery.­­ Dr. Mader’s latest project is his new book “The Vet at Noah’s Ark - Stories of Survival from an Inner-city Animal Hospital.”
COS 148 Advice For and From The Next Generation Of Vet Medicine
Jul 11 2022
COS 148 Advice For and From The Next Generation Of Vet Medicine
Dr. Peter Weinstein and his daughter Brooke Weinstein, a current veterinary student at Oregon State's College of Veterinary Medicine, join Dr. Andy Roark to talk about how veterinary medicine has changed over the last 20-30 years, and how it's going to change in the future. Our guests talk about how the education of veterinarians today differs from the past, and what these changes will mean for how the profession evolves going forward. This episode is presented ad free by Care Credit! LINKS: Learn more about CareCredit: the Dr. Andy Roark store for games and team training tools! OUR GUESTS: Dr. Peter Weinstein attended Cornell University undergraduate and the University of Illinois to receive his DVM. After graduation, he worked as an associate for three years before opening his practice. As he was running his practice, he identified the need for increased business acumen to make his practice successful. Thus, while managing and practicing full time, he attended University of Redlands to receive his MBA. As a result of the MBA, he was able to relocate, expand and sell his practice to a corporate consolidator. Politically, he served as President of the SouthernCalifornia Veterinary Medical Association and the California Veterinary MedicalAssociation and President for VetPartners, the national consultants association. He just completed three years as the Chair of the Veterinary EconomicStrategy Committee of the AVMA’s Veterinary Economics Division In the veterinary industry, he acted as Medical Director overseeing the Claims Department for Veterinary Pet Insurance. Dr. Weinstein has provided small business and corporate consulting via his company, PAW Consulting After 14 years, Dr. Weinstein retired from his role as theExecutive Director for the Southern California Veterinary Medical Association to pursue other interests including teaching at Western University. He was the 2018 Speaker of the Year for the Western VeterinaryConference Practice Management Section. And in 2021 for the VMX Practice Management section. He co-authored with Michael E Gerber, “The EMyth Veterinarian-Why Most Veterinary Practices Don’t Work and What to Do About It”. Dr. Weinstein has spoken and written extensively on practice management, team building, leadership, collegiality, marketing, and other topics focused on making the veterinary profession better for all those affiliated with it. Dr Weinstein lives in Orange County, California with his wife Sharon, two daughters (one a veterinary student at Oregon State), two dogs, and Bazinga, a Senegal parrot. Brooke Weinstein is finishing her third year of veterinary school at Oregon State University Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine. During her time there, she has loved working with her community through free wellness clinics for the houseless community as well as conducting research on tick-borne diseases in the underserved community. Outside of school , Brooke spends time hiking, snowboarding, and exploring Oregon.
COS - 147 - When Veterinary Clinics Get Cancelled
Jul 7 2022
COS - 147 - When Veterinary Clinics Get Cancelled
What's it like to have your clinic torn apart online? When thousands of phone calls roll in telling you that you're awful, what impact does that have on the staff and how do you handle it? Do you respond? What if that just makes things worse? This week, Dr. Andy Roark is joined by Dr. Meghan Vaught and Sarah Mills from the Maine Veterinary Medical Center. Last month, their clinic found itself on news channels across the country and the front page of reddit. What followed was a harrowing experience no one should have to go through. Along with it, however, can an outpouring of support from clients and the veterinary community as a whole. Since the incident, Sarah and Dr. Vaught have dedicated their time and energy to raising awareness of the impact that public shaming and "cancel" events can have on veterinary teams, and to creating resources to help others who may end up defending themselves against online retribution. LINKS Not One More Vet: Online Reputation Management and Cyberbullying: Managing A Negative Team Member: Dr. Andy Roark Exam Room Communication Tool Box Course: on my Scrubs?! Card Game: Andy Roark Swag: drandyroark.com/shop All Links: linktr.ee/DrAndyRoark ABOUT OUR GUESTS: Dr. Meghan Vaught obtained her doctorate from St. George University in May 2013 after completing her clinical rotations at the University of Pennsylvania. In June 2014, she completed a small animal rotating internship at Tufts Veterinary Emergency Treatment and Specialties hospital. Dr. Vaught completed a three-year Emergency and Critical Care Residency at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in 2017. Later that year, she earned board certification as a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. Dr. Vaught’s clinical and research interests include but are not limited to respiratory disease/mechanical ventilation, sepsis, polytrauma and severe acid/base or electrolyte disorders. Dr Vaught’s priority is to provide the highest quality of care and medicine to each patient and their family. In her free time, Dr. Vaught enjoys spending time with her husband, their young daughter, and their cat. Sarah Mills has spent her career advocating for accessible wellness care. She is passionate about animal health and helping all pets live their best lives filled with treats, naps in the sun and zoomies. Sarah spent nearly a decade as one of the founding members of Vets First Choice (now Covetrus) before joining the FidoCure mission to bring personalized medicine to dogs with cancer. Her time has been spent in sales, marketing and serving veterinarians. Sarah holds a BS in psychology from Simmons University and was trained by the Disney Institute in Quality Service. She shares her little farmhouse in Cumberland Center, Maine, with 3 teenagers, a Goldendoodle named Ted, and a smallish bunny.
COS - 146 - The Shy Sulcatta (HDYTT)
Jun 30 2022
COS - 146 - The Shy Sulcatta (HDYTT)
Dr. Doug Mader joins the podcast to discuss treatment of a wounded tortoise that won't come out of his shell. This 10 year-old Sulcata was attacked by a dog and needs care, but has pulled back tightly into his shell making treatment difficult. In this episode, we discuss tortoise sedation and analgesia, antibiotic therapy and feeding tube placement. LINKS: Dr. Mader's New Book: Mader's Website: Mader's Facebook page: Dr. Andy Roark Exam Room Communication Tool Box Course: on my Scrubs?! Card Game: Andy Roark Swag: drandyroark.com/shop All Links: linktr.ee/DrAndyRoark ABOUT OUR GUEST: Douglas R. Mader, MS, DVM, Diplomate ABVP (Canine/Feline), Diplomate, ABVP (Reptile/Amphibian), Diplomate, ECZM (Herpetology), Fellow, Royal Society of Medicine Dr. Mader received his DVM from the University of California, Davis in 1986. In addition, he completed a Residency in Primate and Zoo animal medicine. He is the consulting veterinarian for the Monroe County Sheriff's Zoo, the Key West Aquarium, Dynasty Marine, the Sea Turtle Hospital, the Everglades Alligator Farm and the Theater of the Sea. Previously Dr. Mader owned the Marathon Veterinary Hospital, a double AAHA accredited 24 hr emergency/referral hospital. Dr. Mader is an internationally acclaimed lecturer and is on the review boards of several scientific journals. He has published numerous articles in scientific and veterinary journals, national magazines, and, is the author/editor and co-editor of three textbooks on Reptile Medicine and Surgery.­­ Dr. Mader’s latest project is his new book “The Vet at Noah’s Ark - Stories of Survival from an Inner-city Animal Hospital.”
COS 145 How Burnt Hills Veterinary Hospital Started Home Delivery For Diets
Jun 27 2022
COS 145 How Burnt Hills Veterinary Hospital Started Home Delivery For Diets
Have you started home delivery of therapeutic diets yet? In this episode, Dr. Matt Duemler tells the story of how and why Burnt Hills Veterinary Hospital took up home delivery. He talks about how he discussed it with the staff to get them on-board, and what his experience has been like so far. ** This episode is made possible ad-free by Purina Pro Plan Vet Direct LINKS Purina ProPlan VetDirect: Institute: OUR GUEST: Dr. Matt Duemler - Burnt Hills Veterinary Hospital, Burnt Hills, NY. There are very few people in this world I would change lives with! I have had many blessings in my life but finding a career that not only provides me the ability to support my family but also gives me a purpose each and every day has been one of the best. The old saying is “Find a job you enjoy and you will never work a day in your life”. This is so true! Providing animal care has always been a part of my life, since growing up on my parent’s farm in Perth, NY. A graduate of Broadalbin-Perth, my college years were spent first at St. Lawrence University where I majored in Neuroscience and studied abroad in Denmark. I was then fortunate to be accepted to and attend veterinary school at the University of Tennessee. Throughout school, the complexities and capabilities of medicine left me in awe. I knew I wanted to spend my days helping people, and combined with my fondness for animals, veterinary medicine became a no brainer. Every day is different, and I love it! I especially enjoy the days I spend in surgery putting Humpty Dumpty back together again. I have challenged myself to learn advanced techniques allowing me to treat a variety of issues. I have completed multiple advanced training courses and received a variety of professional certifications. This training allows me to evaluate a patient from start to finish. I am able to perform the diagnostic test necessary such as diagnostic ultrasounds, repair multiple orthopedic issues including fractures, cruciate repairs and patella luxation, general surgical procedures such as removal of kidneys, spleens and gall bladders, as well as advanced certifications in regenerative medicine techniques such as Stem Cell and Platelet Rich Plasma therapies. There is no better moment than when a family is reunited for the first time after seeing a loved one battle through an illness. Our patients are resilient and very often inspiring. When not “working” on animals, I spend my days with my beautiful wife and 2 amazing children. We have built our forever home here in Burnt Hills, the same town in which my mother-in-law grew up. My children will be able to learn in the same classrooms she did. Family and community have always been important to me. This is one of the main reasons my wife and I agreed to take over the leadership of the hospital. We are very proud to lead the community's best veterinary hospital, while continuing its rich history of being a family run business. Unfortunately, in today’s veterinary community, being a family run business, centered on family values, is a rare commodity.
COS - 144 - New Veterinary Business Models To Keep Pet Care Affordable
Jun 23 2022
COS - 144 - New Veterinary Business Models To Keep Pet Care Affordable
Dr. Bob Lester believes owning pets shouldn't be a luxury that few people can afford. The veterinary profession needs to think creatively about how to keep medicine accessible to pet owners across socioeconomic groups. In this episode, Dr. Lester joins Dr. Andy Roark to discuss his recent article which outlines 15 new business models our profession might approach to help pets get the care they need. LINKS: Tear Down the Wall (Original Article): Pet Health: Veterinary Podcast: Dr. Andy Roark Exam Room Communication Tool Box Course: on my Scrubs?! Card Game: Andy Roark Swag: drandyroark.com/shop All Links: linktr.ee/DrAndyRoark ABOUT OUR GUEST: Dr. Bob Lester remains as passionate about the veterinary profession as the day he entered veterinary school (sometime last century). He is a firm believer in the veterinary profession's double bottom line proposition of doing well by doing good. Dr. Lester is a graduate of Oregon State and Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and completed the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges Leadership Academy. He spent his early career as a small-town mixed animal practice owner before joining the founding leadership team at Banfield Pet Hospitals. At Banfield, he held positions in medicine, operations, franchising, human resources, and professional relations. After a rewarding career at Banfield/Mars Inc., he left as Vice President of Professional Relations to help found the Lincoln Memorial University College of Veterinary Medicine where he served as Assistant Dean. Dr. Lester’s LMU-CVM team pioneered a novel community-based clinical education program and developed the professional skills curriculum including instruction in communication, leadership, teamwork, and practice management. Bob is now a co-founder, Chief Medical Officer, and member of the Board of Directors for WellHaven Pet Health, a family of companion animal practices that believes in caring for the caregivers so that they can care for others. WellHaven Pet Hospitals are both new build full-service AAHA/Fear Free hospitals, acquired and joint venture affiliate practices. Bob was a two-time gubernatorial appointee and Chair of the Oregon Veterinary Medical Examining Board. He was the state delegate to the American Association of Veterinary State Boards. He served as a site team member for the AVMA Council on Education, and on the Job Analysis Task Force for the International Council for Veterinary Assessment. Dr. Lester authors the column “Creative Disruption” for Today’s Veterinary Business. In addition to his board position at WellHaven Pet Health, he serves as a board member and Treasurer of Pet Peace of Mind a non-profit which keeps hospice patients together with their pets through the end of life. He also serves as Vice President of the board of the North American Veterinary Community, and on the advisory boards of easyvetclinic, Pet Desk, AirVet, and the LMU College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Lester’s interests include all things veterinary, writing, start-ups, speaking, business and leadership development, the human-animal bond, and giving back to the profession that has done so much for him and others. His family includes his wife Crystal, two amazing daughters McKenzie and Paige, and two rescue Yorkie’s Jessie and Woody.