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The Veterinary Project Podcast

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A show made by vets, featuring absolutely no pets!

The Veterinary Project Podcast sheds no hair, just light, on the areas of life that we believe the veterinary community should have a pulse on.

From enjoying the good days in the clinic to handling the tough ones - from personal improvement to professional development - from managing your money to investing in your future - we provide a veterinarian's view on a life well-lived.

Join us every Wednesday for new episodes. Stethoscopes allowed, but headphones preferred.
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The World of Internal Medicine Specialties with Dr. Lauren Adelman
Dr. Lauren Adelman earned her veterinary degree from the University of Calgary in 2012 where she was part of the inaugural class.  Following graduation, she completed a small animal rotating internship at VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital followed by a one year specialty internship in emergency and critical care at North Carolina State University. Dr. Adelman then moved to Knoxville where she completed a three year small animal internal medicine residency at the University of Tennessee. She achieved diplomate status in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Specialty of Small Animal Internal Medicine in 2017.  Dr. Adelman is currently practicing at Canada West Veterinary Specialists in Vancouver, BC., where her particular areas of interest include gastroenterology, nephrology and urology, and infectious disease. She is trained to perform a variety of state of the art minimally-invasive procedures. Our conversation includes: Working through the rejection of not matching on her first internship residency What life is like completing a residency What Lauren does as an Internal Medicine Specialist Discussion on how Dr. Adelman completes minimally invasive procedures The struggles of achieving work/life balance How she's handled how emotionally exhausting the profession can be How she's managing working with difficult pet owners Dealing with COVID-19, maintaining sanity and how Lauren think's specialty medicine may change as a result We are very happy to have Dr. Lauren Adelman join The Veterinary Project Podcast for this enjoyable, educational conversation. If you liked the show and want to stay in the know, please subscribe to the podcast on the listening platform of your choosing! Want to join our community of like-minded Veterinary Professionals? Send us an email at theveterinaryprojectpodcast@gmail.com and we'll get you connected to our private Veterinary Project Facebook group. Any questions, comments, feedback, or requests for guests can also be sent to theveterinaryprojectpodcast@gmail.com. Thank you for listening and we look forward to seeing you next Wednesday for another episode of The Veterinary Project Podcast! - Jonathan Leicht, DVM and Michael Bugg, DVM
51:09
November 25, 2020
Vet Tech Talk with ABVMA Council Representative Kate Simon, RVT, VTS (ECC)
In this weeks episode, Kate Simon, RVT, VTS (ECC) shares her journey from being fired at her first job to completing her VTS in 2017 becoming one of the top .1% educated technologists in North America. Kate leads a team of passionate individuals, helps guide the veterinary profession as a member of multiple veterinary councils and is not afraid to share her opinions on how veterinary technologists need to play a larger role in the future of the veterinary industry. In our conversation we cover: How she worked through tough times early in her career including being laid off and getting bullied at work Working as a Veterinary Technician in emergency care Transitioning into management roles out of clinic necessity and making the adjustment A spicy back and forth conversation to the elements that are continuing to change veterinary medicine for technologists What does it mean to be a VTS Technologist, and why should Veterinarians want them in their practices Discussing the "shortage" of Vet Techs and how to improve it Advocating for Veterinary Technologists and their role in animal care Kate is currently one of the Alberta representatives to the RVTTC and is an RVT on ABVMA Council. She has a passion to elevate and promote the profession by supporting and instilling confidence in new graduates and people returning to the field. Thank you Kate for taking the time to speak with us, the Veterinary Project community thanks you too.  If you liked the show and want to stay in the know, please subscribe to the podcast on the listening platform of your choosing! Want to join our community of like-minded Veterinary Professionals? Send us an email at theveterinaryprojectpodcast@gmail.com and we'll get you connected to our private Veterinary Project Facebook group. Any questions, comments, feedback, or requests for guests can also be sent to theveterinaryprojectpodcast@gmail.com. Thank you for listening and we look forward to seeing you next Wednesday for another episode of The Veterinary Project Podcast! - Jonathan Leicht, DVM and Michael Bugg, DVM
52:53
November 18, 2020
Shifting Identity and Living Intentionally with Dr. Tannetje Crocker
Welcome to this edition of The Veterinary Project Podcast with Dr. Tannetje Crocker. Dr. Crocker is a 2009 graduate from the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine.  Upon graduation, she completed an equine focused internship in Southern California., then she worked as a solo equine ambulatory practitioner for three years before transitioning to small animal medicine. She currently practices in Grapevine, Texas at Northwest Animal Hospital and the Animal Emergency Hospital of North Texas. She is passionate about mentorship and empowering both veterinary students and young veterinarians to embrace the profession and find joy and success. In our wide-ranging conversation with Doctor Crocker, we discuss: How the seasons of life have an effect on career Her journey from equine only over to small animal and the factors that influenced this decision Having an identity in veterinary medicine The importance of support systems and mentorship How Dr. Crocker practices living intentionally Life doesn't need to have a how-to guide - avoid the need to know every step! We also go off on a couple of interesting and informative tangents around social media and running a practice with the principals of training your clients well! Thank you to Tannetje for taking the time to join us on the show.  If you'd like to connect with Dr. Crocker, you find her online at: www.drcrockerpetvet.com And on Instagram @dr.tannetje.crocker If you liked the show and want to stay in the know, please subscribe to the podcast on the listening platform of your choosing! Want to join our community of like-minded Veterinary Professionals? Send us an email at theveterinaryprojectpodcast@gmail.com and we'll get you connected to our private Veterinary Project Facebook group. Any questions, comments, feedback, or requests for guests can also be sent to theveterinaryprojectpodcast@gmail.com. Thank you for listening and we look forward to seeing you next Wednesday for another episode of The Veterinary Project Podcast! - Jonathan Leicht, DVM and Michael Bugg, DVM
1:00:29
November 11, 2020
Designing Quality Clinics with Architect and Veterinary Technician Vicki Pollard
This week we are excited to have another expert join us on the Veterinary Project Podcast: Vicki Pollard. Vicki Pollard is an Architect and Partner at Animal Arts and brings us a unique conversation discussing her career as both an award winning  architect and certified veterinary technician. Vicki and the team at Animal Arts specialize in veterinary hospital design, from small general practices to large specialty and emergency facilities, and her experience provided her the ability to co-author her book, the " Practical Guide to Veterinary Hospital Design".  Vicki lives in Colorado with a small menagerie that includes her husband, three children, their dog, a bearded dragon, and two beta fish.     In this wide ranging conversation we discuss : Vicki's unique career path Following her passion into the veterinary field What architectural design looks like in 2020 within the context of the Covid Pandemic and the changing needs of veterinary spaces This is a fun conversation that will be sure to engage you, make you think about your own career and widen your view on what's possible.   If you've interested in connect with Vicki you can do so through e-mail to:  Vicki@animalarts.com And you can check out Animal Arts online at:  www.animalarts.com Thank you again to Vicki for taking the time to come on the show! If you liked the show and want to stay in the know, please subscribe to the podcast on the listening platform of your choosing! Want to join our community of like-minded Veterinary Professionals? Send us an email at theveterinaryprojectpodcast@gmail.com and we'll get you connected to our private Veterinary Project Facebook group. Any questions, comments, feedback, or requests for guests can also be sent to theveterinaryprojectpodcast@gmail.com. Thank you for listening and we look forward to seeing you next Wednesday for another episode of The Veterinary Project Podcast! - Jonathan Leicht, DVM and Michael Bugg, DVM
55:12
November 4, 2020
Leadership and Creating Clinic Culture with Dr. Elaine Klemmensen
Ostriches, volunteering in Africa, giving birth on the way to open a new vet clinic, and pizza for breakfast! This conversation has a little bit of everything!  Dr. Elaine Klemmensen takes us on her journey of almost 30 years in the veterinary profession. Stepping into fear along the way, Elaine and her husband Rob got intentional about the life they wanted to create. Driven by their vision, Elaine shares many of her stories and struggles as she learned to lead in veterinary medicine. After graduating from WCVM in 1991, Elaine’s adventures in veterinary medicine have included associate, practice owner, locum and volunteer with eight organizations in seven different countries. Passionate about leadership, development, and workplace culture, she recently embarked on her latest adventure, founding Evolve Leadership Coaching and Consulting where she is determined to help veterinary leaders discover the “secret sauce” that will move their team from surviving to thriving. In our energetic conversation with Elaine we talk about: The struggles of learning without intentional mentorship The importance of a "learning from mistake" mentality Creating a practice where people love coming to work every day Finding people that share your vision, and why shared values matter most Creating space for reflection Navigating the waters of selling a practice in a small town Elaine's "Secret Sauce" for leadership and management The Impact Round Thank you to Elaine for carving out some time to share her experience and wisdom on our show! If you liked the show and want to stay in the know, please subscribe to the podcast on the listening platform of your choosing! Want to join our community of like-minded Veterinary Professionals? Send us an email at theveterinaryprojectpodcast@gmail.com and we'll get you connected to our private Veterinary Project Facebook group. Any questions, comments, feedback, or requests for guests can also be sent to theveterinaryprojectpodcast@gmail.com. Thank you for listening and we look forward to seeing you next Wednesday for another episode of The Veterinary Project Podcast! - Jonathan Leicht, DVM and Michael Bugg, DVM
58:42
October 28, 2020
Overcoming Obstacles and Strength-Based Vulnerability with Dr. Devin Nobert - Part II
Welcome to part II of our two-part deep dive interview with Dr. Devin Nobert. If you haven't listened to part I of the interview we highly recommend listening to that episode before completing this one, as it will provide context for the remainder of our conversation here. In Part II,  our conversation moves more towards Devin's healing process through the many challenges he has faced. We also touch on the mental attitude required to handle adversity, to overcome obstacles, and to use vulnerability and truth to move through the many emotions faced when going to tough battles in life. Devin's story is a truly amazing one and we're incredibly grateful for having him share his story with the Veterinary Project Community.  Devin's Bio: Dr. Devin Nobert was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta. He obtained a B.A. in Psychology at the University of Calgary before deciding to shift course and pursue a career in Veterinary Medicine. In 2004 he moved to Saskatoon with his high school sweet heart wife, a 1 year old daughter and a Bichon Shih-Tzu in tow and started vet school at the WCVM. After a major road bump during second year vet school forced him to put his schooling on hold for a full year, he returned to his studies and graduated with a DVM in 2009. Devin joined the Fish Creek 24 Emergency Pet Hospital family early on as a student in 2006. He was hired as an emergency vet right after graduation in 2009. He has continued to face multiple health related “road bumps” but he has also managed to become both a partner and manager at this exceptionally busy and successful emergency hospital as well as their sister clinic, Little Creek Vet Clinic. He currently practices primary vet medicine part-time at Little Creek. Outside of vet medicine he is a full time dad to 3 kids, including 2 teenagers. And finally, he is a pinball wizard, golf junkie and music fanatic, and loves to combine either of these passions with travel! If you liked the show and want to stay in the know, please subscribe to the podcast on the listening platform of your choosing! Want to join our community of like-minded Veterinary Professionals? Send us an email at theveterinaryprojectpodcast@gmail.com and we'll get you connected to our private Veterinary Project Facebook group. Any questions, comments, feedback, or requests for guests can also be sent to theveterinaryprojectpodcast@gmail.com. Thank you for listening and we look forward to seeing you next Wednesday for another episode of The Veterinary Project Podcast! - Jonathan Leicht, DVM and Michael Bugg, DVM
45:56
October 21, 2020
Overcoming Obstacles and Strength-Based Vulnerability with Dr. Devin Nobert - Part I
Welcome to this week's edition of The Veterinary Project Podcast! This episode is part I of a 2-part deep dive interview with Dr. Devin Nobert. Dr. Devin Nobert was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta. He obtained a B.A. in Psychology at the University of Calgary before deciding to shift course and pursue a career in Veterinary Medicine.  In 2004 he moved to Saskatoon with his high school sweet heart wife, a 1 year old daughter and a Bichon Shih-Tzu in tow and started vet school at the WCVM. After a major road bump during second year vet school forced him to put his schooling on hold for a full year, he returned to his studies and graduated with a DVM in 2009.  Devin joined the Fish Creek 24 Emergency Pet Hospital family early on as a student in 2006. He was hired as an emergency vet right after graduation in 2009. He has continued to face multiple health related “road bumps” but he has also managed to become both a partner and manager at this exceptionally busy and successful emergency hospital as well as their sister clinic, Little Creek Vet Clinic.  He currently practices primary vet medicine part-time at Little Creek. Outside of vet medicine he is a full time dad to 3 kids, including 2 teenagers. And finally, he is a pinball wizard, golf junkie and music fanatic, and loves to combine either of these passions with travel! If you liked the show and want to stay in the know, please subscribe to the podcast on the listening platform of your choosing! Want to join our community of like-minded Veterinary Professionals? Send us an email at theveterinaryprojectpodcast@gmail.com and we'll get you connected to our private Veterinary Project Facebook group. Any questions, comments, feedback, or requests for guests can also be sent to theveterinaryprojectpodcast@gmail.com. Thank you for listening and we look forward to seeing you next Wednesday for another episode of The Veterinary Project Podcast!  - Jonathan Leicht, DVM and Michael Bugg, DVM
47:14
October 14, 2020
Taking Charge of Your Career and Life with Dr. Jennifer Koehl
If you've ever wanted to hear about a veterinarian that has experienced adversity within her family and career, consciously decided to take charge of her life and is succeeding in 2020 then this is the episode for you! This week we have a great conversation lined up with Dr. Jennifer Koehl! Dr. Jennifer Koehl is a 2008 graduate from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. She practiced small animal medicine outside of Philadelphia as an associate veterinarian for 4 years before beginning a combination of part-time and relief work. In 2017, she began teaching Biology and Human Physiology labs as Adjunct Faculty for Penn State University’s Commonwealth campus.  In 2019, Jennifer was offered a full-time faculty appointment,  serving as an Instructor of Biology. In this episode we talk through the progression of her career starting in 2008 at the height of the financial recession, her and her husband making the difficult choice to move away from friends and family, Jen deciding to steer her career in the path that she wanted to as opposed to settling and playing the victim. We finish off with a deep discussion on her side project as the creator and administrator of a Facebook Group called DVMoms: GAIN, a private page for veterinary mothers in government, academic, industry, and non-clinical positions. The page serves as a discussion board as well as a location for non-traditional veterinary job postings. You're in for a ride with this episode that is full of jewels, specific takeaways and actions for anyone that may be looking for something different in their veterinary career. If you liked the show and want to stay in the know, please subscribe to the podcast on the listening platform of your choosing! Want to join our community of like-minded Veterinary Professionals? Send us an email at theveterinaryprojectpodcast@gmail.com and we'll get you connected to our private Veterinary Project Facebook group.  Any questions, comments, feedback, or requests for guests can also be sent to theveterinaryprojectpodcast@gmail.com. Thank you for listening and we look forward to seeing you next Wednesday for another episode of The Veterinary Project Podcast! - Jonathan Leicht, DVM and Michael Bugg, DVM
51:46
October 7, 2020
Jonathan and Mike Reflect on 10 Episodes of The Veterinary Project Podcast (Plenty of Laughs Provided)!
Welcome to a very special 10th episode of The Veterinary Project Podcast! We thought we'd take an episode to look back, sharing some of the insights we've had in reflecting on our time getting to this point including: Some of our highlights from the guests we've had the pleasure of interviewing What we've learned about each other as partners, as hosts, and as members of the veterinary community What we've struggled with along the way What a ride it has been...3 months in and 10 episodes and counting, it's been a roller coaster journey but we're loving it all the more as The Veterinary Project continues to evolve. To conclude we paint a picture of where we're heading, sharing our focus points for future episodes as we continue to have more conversations, exceptional guests, and bring on new components to the Project. To each and every one of you who have taken the time to listen to our show, we sincerely thank you. This is a passion project of ours and it means an incredible amount that this show has found a home in the veterinary community. From Australia to Sweden to our homeland in Canada, we have loved the response and feedback we're getting, and truly appreciate that the show is resonating with veterinary professionals everywhere. Let's keep The Veterinary Project rolling and have some more fun! If you liked the show and want to stay in the know, please subscribe to the podcast on the listening platform of your choosing. Want to join our community of like-minded Veterinary Professionals? Send us an email at theveterinaryprojectpodcast@gmail.com and we'll get you connected to our private Veterinary Project Facebook group. Any questions, comments, feedback, or requests for guests can also be sent to theveterinaryprojectpodcast@gmail.com. Thank you for listening and we look forward to seeing you next Wednesday for another episode of The Veterinary Project Podcast!  - Jonathan Leicht, DVM and Michael Bugg, DVM
41:01
September 30, 2020
Advancing Veterinary Medical Teaching with Dr. Jaime Perkins
This week we are excited to be joined by Dr. Jaime Perkins.  Dr. Jamie Perkins is a 2017 DVM graduate and is currently a tenure track assistant professor of veterinary medicine at the University of Arizona College of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to joining the Arizona-CVM, she was an Assistant Professor within the Lincoln Memorial University College of Veterinary Medicine Center for Innovation in Veterinary Education and Technology (CIVET).  Dr. Perkins has won international awards for development of novel veterinary education tools, including those on Amazon Alexa’s platform. She has authored over 26-E Books and has received over $400,000.00 in intra and extramural research funding to date, and is currently tackling multiple projects to advance veterinary education using technology. Topics of this unique conversation include: Innovative projects using Alexa skills through Amazon to teach veterinary students communication skills in an advanced interactive manner Winning the 2018 Hyperdrive contest at the DevLearn Conferences and how she’s turned that into a large USDA grant working on multiple projects How she leads her team while continuing to gain knowledge from key mentors Thank you to Jaime for taking the time to come on the show and share the details of numerous projects that are making an impact in the education of veterinary professionals. For further information related to all of Jaime’s projects please check out: https://bit.ly/2RPK3hd https://bit.ly/3kJCQvp If you liked the show and want to stay in the know, please subscribe to the podcast on the listening platform of your choosing!  Want to join our community of like-minded Veterinary Professionals? Send us an email at theveterinaryprojectpodcast@gmail.com and we'll get you connected to our private Veterinary Project Facebook group.  Any questions, comments, feedback, or requests for guests can also be sent to theveterinaryprojectpodcast@gmail.com. Thank you for listening and we look forward to seeing you next Wednesday for another episode of The Veterinary Project Podcast! - Jonathan Leicht, DVM and Michael Bugg, DVM
39:54
September 23, 2020
Personal Finance and Your Money Journey with Global Chief Medical Officer of Royal Canin: Dr. Brent Mayabb, DMV
This week we chat with Dr. Brent Mayabb, DVM and Global Chief Medical Officer with Royal Canin to speak about personal finances and Brent’s own money journey coming out of vet school with $88,000 in debt. This episode is for anyone currently struggling with their money mindset. Additionally, it's for anyone that may be feeling unable to lift the burden of bills from their shoulders, as well as those looking for options on how to move forward in their personal money journey. In this conversation, we're diving deep into topics such as: How to get started on the path towards financial literacy Your personal money story A scarcity vs abundance mindset   Building momentum in your financial journey, including the "snowball method" of debt reduction What is an emergency fund   Why we need more conversations about personal finance in the veterinary industry  Working around the guilt associated with getting paid what you're worth as a veterinary professional A big thank you to Brent for joining us to start the conversation on this incredibly important topic, a conversation that everyone needs to be having in veterinary medicine. Suggested resources Brent referred to on the show: Thomas J. Stanley's book: The Millionaire Next Door Dave Ramsey Ramit Sethi - I Will Teach You To Be Rich If you'd like to connect with Brent you can do so in the following places: LinkedIn: Brent Mayabb E-mail Direct: drmayabb@gmail.com If you liked the show and want to stay in the know, please subscribe to the podcast on the listening platform of your choosing! Want to join our community of like-minded Veterinary Professionals? Send us an email at theveterinaryprojectpodcast@gmail.com and we'll get you connected to our private Veterinary Project Facebook group. Any questions, comments, feedback, or requests for guests can also be sent to theveterinaryprojectpodcast@gmail.com.  Thank you for listening and we look forward to seeing you next Wednesday for another episode of The Veterinary Project Podcast!  - Jonathan Leicht, DVM and Michael Bugg, DVM
46:05
September 16, 2020
Doing Veterinary Business Better with CEO and Co-Owner of Central Veterinary Services: Dr. Stephanie Van Deynze-Snell
This week we're speaking with CEO and co-owner of Central Veterinary Services in Oak Bluff, Manitoba, Canada, Dr. Stephanie Van Deynze-Snell. Dr. Stephanie Van Deynze-Snell is a University of Manitoba B.Sc. Honours in Biochemistry 2007 grad, Western College of Veterinary Medicine (Saskatoon, Canada) 2011 grad, veterinary clinic owner since April 2012, and most importantly, a Mom as of November 2012. She is adamant about making a positive impact on the veterinary industry by running a progressive veterinary business and leading by example.  She is learning to enjoy the platform that a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree provides, allowing her to pursue her passion for helping people, and using the flexibility that her chosen profession allows to create her family’s ideal life. Currently this includes spending as much time as possible with her co-owner husband, Dr. David Snell, and their 3 young children doing all the family things.  In our conversation, Stephanie aims to help others involved in veterinary businesses by sharing what she has learned over the past 8 years from personal development to business management and operations. She also shares the drive behind her mission of “doing veterinary business better”, exploring how her and her husband Dave continue to lead within the veterinary industry.  Topics we cover include: The learning curve of both being a new practicing vet AND a new veterinary practice owner Finding the resources required to be successful as a practice owner Support for veterinarians and practice owners who want to work and raise a family simultaneously The keys to creating great clinic culture The Impact Round! If you want to get in touch with Stephanie you can find her on social media: @dr.stephanie_vandeynze_snell If you liked the show and want to stay in the know please subscribe to the podcast on the listening platform of your choosing!  Want to join our community of like-minded Veterinary Professionals? Send us an email at theveterinaryprojectpodcast@gmail.com and we'll get you connected to our private Veterinary Project Facebook group. Any questions, comments, feedback, or requests for guests can also be sent to theveterinaryprojectpodcast@gmail.com.  Thank you for listening and we look forward to seeing you next Wednesday for another episode of The Veterinary Project Podcast!  - Jonathan Leicht, DVM and Michael Bugg, DVM
50:24
September 9, 2020
You Can Do Hard Things! Fostering Resiliency with Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe
This episode we're sitting down with resiliency specialist and multi-award winning psychology and education instructor Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe! Robyne specializes in resiliency, navigating stress and change, leadership, and personal wellness in the workplace. Described as transformational, engaging, and thought-provoking, Robyne’s keynotes provide practical strategies grounded in global research and case studies that help foster resiliency within others and ourselves. Robyne is available for consultation, training and professional development opportunities ranging from one-to-one to company-wide initiatives. With nearly two decades of researching and teaching all things resiliency, Robyne is here to remind you that your survival rate of doing difficult things is 100%.  You are well equipped to navigate uncertain times and difficult tasks, both personally and professionally.  In our conversation we cover: What is resiliency and what does it look like? Robyne's 5 core competencies Why do we get so stressed? Cognitive nimbleness and malleable thinking for being adaptable How to approach the times when you fall off on your goals Ways to deal with in the moment stress Autopilot mode and losing awareness "the better we are at our job, the more on autopilot we are; the more we may be unaware of our state" Resiliency as a skill to be learned Numerous wellness and resiliency practices to implement today The Impact Round Additional resources from Robyne: Robyne's TedX talk: Prediction And Resiliency - Finding the Shared Experience https://youtu.be/43adV3m5w3M Papers: Everyday Resiliency and Resilience in Uncertain Times: https://robynehd.ca/open-resources/ Find out more about Robyne and connect online at https://robynehd.ca/ If you liked the show and want to stay in the know please subscribe to the podcast on the listening platform of your choosing! Want to join our community of like-minded Veterinary Professionals? Send us an email at theveterinaryprojectpodcast@gmail.com and we'll get you connected to our private Veterinary Project Facebook group! Any questions, comments, feedback, or requests for guests can also be sent to theveterinaryprojectpodcast@gmail.com. Thank you for listening and we look forward to seeing you next Wednesday for another episode of The Veterinary Project Podcast! - Jonathan Leicht, DVM and Michael Bugg, DVM
49:52
September 2, 2020
Feeding Your Lifestyle and Veterinary Career with Nestle Purina PetCare Communication Manager, Dr. Helen Newton
This Wednesday we are joined by Dr. Helen Newton! Helen is a 2008 WCVM, Saskatoon graduate. Her story is fantastic and will be sure to resonate with many listeners this week! Helen started out in practice in Southeast Texas working in a busy mixed animal practice before traveling the world, finding love and eventually coming back to Canada where she now works as the Western Canadian Veterinary Communication Manager with the Nestle Purina PetCare group. In this episode, we discuss: Seeking opportunities by being uncomfortable  World travel  The Veterinary Nutrition Industry  How to setup yourself up for positions outside of associate DVM roles Thank you to Dr. Helen Newton for coming on the show, she was a pleasure to have as a guest! If you liked our episode, be sure to subscribe or click the like button! If you liked the show and want to stay in the know please subscribe to the podcast on the listening platform of your choosing! Want to join our community of like-minded Veterinary Professionals? Send us an email at theveterinaryprojectpodcast@gmail.com and we'll get you connected to our private Veterinary Project Facebook group! Any questions, comments, feedback, or requests for guests can also be sent to theveterinaryprojectpodcast@gmail.com. Thank you for listening and we look forward to seeing you next Wednesday for another episode of The Veterinary Project Podcast! - Jonathan Leicht, DVM and Michael Bugg, DVM
45:40
August 26, 2020
Travel, Debt and Business Opportunities with Dr. Dan Katz, DVM
This week we’re spending time with Dr. Dan Katz. Dan is a 2016 OVC grad living and working in Calgary, Alberta. Dan splits his time between ER medicine and providing locum support in multiple GP practices.    During his time at OVC, he travelled to eleven countries with the assistance of awards, travel grants and bursaries and was president of Global Vets, OVC branch.    In this episode we discuss: Dan starting in emergency medicine without an internship How he paid off his $50,000 student debt in 11 months by living frugally and earning  extra money through side hustles Exploring his love of travel How he’s connected that passion to veterinary medicine through spay neuter clinic initiatives and the love of sharing adventure with others   For those of you that are new into your career and need to pay off student debt, or decades in and looking for a new spark - this episode is for you! If you liked the show and want to stay in the know please subscribe to the podcast on the listening platform of your choosing! We'd love it if you joined us for The Veterinary Project journey and connected with our community of like-minded Veterinary professionals. Send us an email at theveterinaryprojectpodcast@gmail.com and we'll get you connected to our private Facebook group. Any questions, comments, feedback, or requests for guests can also be sent to theveterinaryprojectpodcast@gmail.com. Thank you for listening and we look forward to seeing you next Wednesday for another episode of The Veterinary Project Podcast - Michael Bugg, DVM & Jonathan Leicht, DVM
42:31
August 19, 2020
Taking Charge of Your Veterinary Career with Dr. Melanie Bowden
Welcome back to The Veterinary Project Podcast! In this episode, Jonathan and Mike are sitting down with TedX Speaker and Practicing Veterinarian Dr. Melanie Bowden! "A veterinary practice should be like a family. Create a work place that is meaningful with a positive culture - it's an opportunity to create a community" Dr. Melanie Bowden is passionate about starting a revolution in the veterinary industry. By developing better partnerships between veterinarians and pet owners, she hopes to build a better future for the veterinary profession and the animals we all love.  Dr. Bowden is a graduate of WSU College of Veterinary Medicine and a practicing veterinarian with active licenses in Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Maine and New Hampshire.  Having worked in corporate, family-owned and emergency clinic settings, Dr. Bowden has witnessed first-hand the burn-out, compassion fatigue, and emotional exhaustion that is plaguing the veterinary industry. In 2020, Dr. Bowden will launch her business, Vacation Vet LLC, to provide relief veterinary services to veterinary clinics throughout the PNW and New England.  Dr. Bowden will be filling in when veterinarians need time off for vacations, conferences, sick leave or just because a clinic is under-staffed. She hopes through her relief work she can help lighten the load on other veterinarians, help them achieve better work/life balance, and raise awareness about burnout and suicide in the veterinary field.  In her conversation with Jonny and Mike, Melanie dives into a number of personal experiences and education topics including: Not recognizing the signs of burnout and how she worked her way out of it Identifying when a role isn't working for you and pivoting into something else How to be vulnerable when speaking to an audience How to make veterinary medicine work for your lifestyle Ways of managing the guilt caused by not being able to help everyone Why relief work may be right for you What it means to "train the client" - being proactive and have effective client discussions Why you don’t get what you deserve in life, you get what you negotiate Looking at clinic culture - the differences between corporate vs private The future of veterinary leadership The Impact Round! Final words of wisdom Her TedX talk has been viewed over 300,000 times and you can it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=objP3E625Xo&feature=youtu.be Want to get in touch with Melanie directly? You can do so through: IG @vacationvet www.melaniebowden.com **Please note we did our best to limit some of the audio difficulties we were having with this episode. While technology is great, every so often there's a day when the internet lags behind. We hope you didn't mind it too much!** If you liked the show and want to stay in the know please subscribe to the podcast on the listening platform of your choosing! We'd love it if you joined us for The Veterinary Project journey and connected with our community of like-minded Veterinary professionals. Send us an email at theveterinaryprojectpodcast@gmail.com and we'll get you connected to our private Facebook group. Any questions, comments, feedback, or requests for guests can also be sent to theveterinaryprojectpodcast@gmail.com. Thank you for listening and we look forward to seeing you next Wednesday for another episode of The Veterinary Project Podcast - Michael Bugg, DVM & Jonathan Leicht, DVM
45:17
August 12, 2020
The Future of Veterinary Medicine with Thought Leader, Anesthesiologist & The National Medical Director of VCA Canada: Dr. Craig Mosley
Welcome to another edition of The Veterinary Project Podcast! In this episode, Jonny and Mike are sitting down with Anesthesiologist and National Medical Director of Specialty Medicine for VCA Canada, Dr Craig Mosley. Dr. Mosley graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College where he also completed a residency and Master’s of Science program in veterinary anesthesia. He has been actively involved in many facets of veterinary medicine since graduation including; mixed animal practice, critical care medicine, teaching, management and of course, anesthesia in both private and academic practices throughout North America. Dr. Mosley’s varied experiences have provided him with the foundation for his practical and “real-world” approach to anesthesia and pain management. His wider interests in veterinary medicine include innovations in veterinary medicine, the science of clinical decision-making and medical errors. In addition to his role as the National Medical Director, Specialty Medicine for VCA Canada, Dr. Mosley works as a part-time Staff Anesthesiologist at VCA Canada, 404 Veterinary Emergency and Referral Hospital in Newmarket, Ontario. In his spare time, Dr. Mosley spends time exploring the outdoors with his veterinary anesthesiologist wife and two young daughters. Topics of this wide-ranging conversation with Craig include: Why career trajectory is about collecting experiences that contribute to who we are today Recognizing veterinary medicine is an amazing "fall-back plan" if you ever want to step out and try something new Why you get more rewards from doing the things that appear to be the scariest or hardest to do at first Mentorship and being okay to ask for help Being willing to share ideas with others An extended discussion with perspectives around the future of veterinary medicine The Impact Round! If you liked the show and want to stay in the know please subscribe to the podcast on the listening platform of your choosing! We'd also love it if you joined us for The Veterinary Project journey and connected with our community of like-minded Veterinary professionals. Send us an email at theveterinaryprojectpodcast@gmail.com and we'll get you connected to our private Facebook group. Any questions, comments, feedback, or requests for guests can also be sent to theveterinaryprojectpodcast@gmail.com. Thank you for listening and we look forward to seeing you next Wednesday for another episode of The Veterinary Project Podcast. - Michael Bugg, DVM & Jonathan Leicht, DVM
42:24
August 5, 2020
"Veterinary Medicine is a Service Industry" - Current SVMA President and Owner at Weir Veterinary Services Dr. Kent Weir on How To Serve as a Veterinary Professional
Welcome to the 1st guest interview of The Veterinary Project Podcast! And who better to take the inaugural interview honours than the current Saskatchewan Veterinary Medicine Association (SVMA) President and owner at Weir Veterinary Services, Kent Weir. Kent comes from a long line of veterinarians (he is number 8 of 9 in the family) and was born and raised on the prairies in Lloydminster. He graduated from the W.C.V.M in 2007, then spent 6 months in Uganda through Vets Without Borders working on a goat project, before returning to Saskatchewan to spend 6 years in the world’s most amazing small town of Langenburg, SK. In 2014, he returned to Lloydminster to practice with his father at the family practice that his Grandfather started in 1952.  As you'll hear throughout our conversation, Kent thoroughly loves his  job as a veterinarian and cannot imagine doing anything else.  Join co-hosts Michael Bugg, DVM and Jonathan Leicht, DVM as the trio covers topics including: What it's like coming from a family of veterinarians Learning the importance at an early age of how to provide value through your service Connecting working at Canadian Tire with being a veterinarian Why veterinary medicine is a service industry How Kent serves people as both an owner and as a veterinarian How to provide value for your clients (even if you aren't sure what you're doing)! Being present Mistakes - everyone makes them, big and small, it's about the learning curve Why you shouldn't view vet school as a competition, but as a community for future collaboration Kent Weir's responses to the Impact Round! Final words of wisdom If you liked the show and want to stay in the know please subscribe to the podcast on the listening platform of your choosing! We'd love it if you joined us for The Veterinary Project journey and connected with our community of like-minded Veterinary professionals. Send us an email at theveterinaryprojectpodcast@gmail.com and we'll get you connected to our private Facebook group. Any questions, comments, feedback, or requests for guests can also be sent to theveterinaryprojectpodcast@gmail.com. Thank you for listening and we look forward to seeing you next Wednesday for another episode of The Veterinary Project Podcast - Michael Bugg, DVM & Jonathan Leicht, DVM
44:20
July 29, 2020
Veterinarian turned Real Estate Investor Michael Bugg, DVM - Getting to Know The Veterinary Project Podcast Hosts
It takes two to tango on the Veterinary Project Podcast! We had Jonny on the hot-seat in our last episode, so now the script has flipped and we're excited to get to know the other half of the show's hosting duo: Michael Bugg, DVM Michael got his start in Veterinary Medicine at a much earlier age than most, stepping into Vet school at the ripe young age of 19 and completing his DVM by 23. Getting into the profession at such a young age may suggest that Michael had his sights set on being a Vet his entire life, but as Mike shares his story it becomes clear that there were many events, experiences, and beliefs working in the background that led him to a number of defining moments - moments that ultimately led him down the path he is currently on today. Jonathan Leicht, DVM leads the interview with his co-host as we cover topics including: An introduction to Michael Bugg, DVM How an early family event changed Michael's outlook on academia Moving fast! "I guess I'm going to Vet school!" Michael's young and unique path to get to Vet school and, looking back now, how to make the most of it The importance of mentorship in the early stages of your career and during Vet school The realization of being DVM at 23. "What the hell have I done? I have to do this for 40 years?"  Why Michael felt trapped before even getting started, and why he buried the feelings of guilt, shame, and anxiety Michael's personal finance manifesto...and why it turned out to be NOT true Soul searching backpacking trips in Australia and New Zealand - the spark that led to a curiosity in real estate investing Why Michael chose to invest in real estate over investing in a Veterinary clinic Burn out, depression, overwhelm, and the evolution of "Miserable Mike" Why Michael bottled up his misery for so long before finally, out of desperation, making the change How he made the change - the journey into personal development "If I want to make a change in my life, I can, if I decide to do it" What its like to face the identity crisis of no longer being a practicing Veterinarian Pivoting from Veterinary practice to helping develop wellness in Veterinary professionals What the Veterinary Project Podcast means to Michael Bugg - helping Veterinary professionals improves their lives What's next for Michael Bugg? The conscious awareness of building a personal lifestyle by design The Rapid Fire Finale! Final words of wisdom If you liked the show and want to stay in the know please subscribe to the podcast on the listening platform of your choosing! We'd love it if you joined us for The Veterinary Project journey and connected with our community of like-minded Veterinary professionals. Send us an email at theveterinaryprojectpodcast@gmail.com and we'll get you connected to our private Facebook group. Any questions, comments, feedback, or requests for guests can also be sent to theveterinaryprojectpodcast@gmail.com. Thank you for listening and we look forward to seeing you next Wednesday for another episode of The Veterinary Project Podcast - Michael Bugg, DVM & Jonathan Leicht, DVM
1:00:13
July 22, 2020
Here Comes Jonny! Getting to Know One-Half of The Veterinary Project Podcast Hosting Duo - Jonathan Leicht, DVM
Welcome to the first full-length interview episode of The Veterinary Project Podcast! In this episode we're getting to know one-half of the podcast's hosting duo: Jonathan Leicht, DVM Jonathan started as a volunteer at a large Calgary veterinary hospital as a 13 year old and 20+ years later became the General Manager of that very same location. Jonathan has had a diverse career to this point filled with an equally unique pallet of life experiences which we explore in this episode. Graduating from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2009, Jonathan has gone on to practice in general and emergency settings, manage key accounts with a pharmaceutical company across the west half of North America and work his way up to the role of Specialty Director of 6 large hospitals with VCA Canada. And while we very well could have in-depth conversation with Jonathan surrounding veterinary hospital operations, management, and business strategy, this episode is focused on getting to know the man, his story, and his approach towards life. Co-host Michael Bugg, DVM leads the conversation with Jonathan as we touch on topics including: Introductory background and how Jonathan got started on the path to veterinary medicine Stories of many unique life experiences including joining the military, game ranger responsibilities in South Africa, and moving to Seattle "Framing everything as positive" Jonathan's drive behind always pushing himself..."I would rather say yes, take a chance and fail, than say no and never have had the opportunity" Overcoming fear of failure by compounding habits and empowering beliefs Being willing to take on any task - the mindset of figuring it out, getting it done, and not waiting for somebody else. The steep learning curve coming out of school and going into practice Why there is always stress involved in achieving any success from his perspective The intent behind The Veterinary Project Podcast Surrounding yourself with the right people Insights into running the day-to-day operations of veterinary businesses What's next for Jonathan Leicht? The Rapid Fire Finale! If you liked the show and want to stay in the know please subscribe to the podcast on the listening platform of your choosing! We'd love it if you joined us for The Veterinary Project journey and connected with our community of like-minded veterinary professionals. Send us an email at theveterinaryprojectpodcast@gmail.com and we'll get you connected to our private Facebook group. Any questions, comments, feedback, or requests for guests can also be sent to theveterinaryprojectpodcast@gmail.com. Thank you for listening and we look forward to seeing you next Wednesday for another episode of The Veterinary Project Podcast - Michael Bugg, DVM & Jonathan Leicht, DVM
1:02:09
July 15, 2020
Welcome to The Veterinary Project Podcast!
Welcome to The Veterinary Project Podcast with hosts Dr. Michael Bugg, DVM, and Dr. Jonathan Leicht, DVM. This is a show created by vets, featuring absolutely no pets!   We've swapped out our stethoscopes for microphones to bring you real conversations, aimed to connect this amazing profession full of remarkable people. Through the sharing of our collective stories and wisdom, and connecting over the many unique challenges we face, we invite you to join our community of veterinary professionals leading intentional lives. With weekly episodes upcoming, featuring our own personal stories as well as the stories of many fellow veterinary professionals, this is a place you can coming back to, helping you connect with like-minded individuals across the industry on matters that extend far beyond the workplace.  We are committed to growing the show as we begin our launch, so if you know of others that may benefit from these discussions, we’d love it if you shared the podcast and gave us a quick subscribe and review. This helps us reach more and more listeners just like you! We appreciate your support and thank you so much for listening! Dr. Michael Bugg & Dr. Jonathan Leicht
07:52
June 22, 2020