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That Vet Life Podcast
39 minutes | Nov 29, 2022
Ep 160: The Journey to Practice Ownership, with Dr. Angela Hofmann
In today’s episode of That Vet Life Podcast, Dr Moriah McCauley is joined by Dr Angela Hofmann to discuss her unique journey in becoming a veterinary practice owner. We hear about the negative mentorship experiences she had while still in the early stages of being a veterinarian, and how these influenced her work ethic as a mentor and practice owner. Dr Angela’s veterinary journey has not been as linear as that of a normal vet student. Before becoming a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at St. George’s University in 2011, Dr Angela had already graduated with two other degrees from two different fields: her first degree was in English Literature and the second one was in Journalism. Dr Angela has previously worked as a Veterinarian at Sunset Cliff Animal Clinic Inc, as well as at Thrive Affordable Vet Care. She is currently the practice owner of The Temple Heights Animal Hospital. Listen in as Dr Angela shares her journey to becoming a veterinary practice owner and how she practices the best work ethic to give valuable mentorship to her externship students and works. Episode Outline [00:00] Episode Intro [01:29] Dr Angela Hofmann gives us a brief history of her life and how she became a veterinarian. [10:31] We hear why she chose to become a practice owner instead of a practice associate. [14:44] Ad break - Join Thrive [15:53] The episode resumes with Dr Moriah emphasizing the importance of continuous learning even after graduating from vet school. [18:15] Dr Moriah asks Dr Angela if she had a mentor when she decided to go into practice ownership. [23:33] How negative mentorship experiences shape the mentees. [26:40] Dr Angela talks about the things she is willing to do for her mentees. [32:30] Sharing business knowledge and being transparent to mentees and vet students on externships. [35:35] How to connect with Dr Angela Hofmann. [36:50] Dr Moriah McCauley wraps up the episode. Connect with Dr Angela Hofmann LinkedIn Twitter Website
32 minutes | Nov 22, 2022
Ep 159: The New Age of Mentorship in Mixed Practice, with Dr. Alexandru Pop
For this week's episode of That Vet Life Podcast, Dr. Moriah McCauley is joined by Dr. Alexandru Pop to talk about mentorship in a mixed animal practice, explaining what a good workplace with a positive learning atmosphere looks like. Dr. Alexandru Pop is a large animal veterinarian who has been in practice for more than three years. Dr. Alexandru graduated with a veterinary medicine degree in 2019 from the College of Veterinary Medicine at North Carolina State University. He spent more than a year working at Pineview Veterinary Hospital before buying Appalachian Veterinary Services, an organization that he is now the president of. As a veterinarian, Dr. Alexandru's major objective is to improve and preserve animal health. To do this, he places a high value on open communication, reliable information, and providing the most enriching and satisfying veterinary experience he can. Apart from veterinary science, he is also interested in ophthalmology, technology in medicine, data analysis, and ruminant medicine. Listen in as Dr. Alexandru Pop discusses what vet students should look for in a practice from a mentorship perspective! Outline [01:13] Dr. Moriah begins the episode with a short introduction of Dr. Alexandru Pop. [06:40] As a practice owner, Dr. Alexandru Pop reveals the initial conversation his practice had with the vet students around mentorship. [08:16] Dr. Alexandru details some of the questions he asks to assess the potential and expectations of the new hire. [11:25] The performance evaluation of externs. [15:06] What are the qualities of a good intern? [16:11] A short ad break - join Thrive [17:18] How can you create a safe environment and a good learning environment at your practice? [19:30] The green flags that vet students should be looking for before joining a practice that offers mentorship. [24:25] Dr. Alexandru reveals how he communicates with vet externs and answers their queries. [27:00] We hear valuable advice to vet students who are looking for internships at a mixed animal practice. Dr. Alexandru talks about the work culture of his practice Appalachian Veterinary Services. [31:21] Dr. Moriah wraps up the episode. Connect with Dr. Alexandru Pop: Instagram Linkedin Website
35 minutes | Nov 15, 2022
Ep 158: The Making of a Mentor, with Dr. Sydney Pokard
For this week's episode of That Vet Life Podcast, Dr. Moriah is joined by Dr. Sydney Pokard to discuss her mentorship experiences in her first job - both the positive and negative aspects of it - as well as how mentorship helps to position yourself for success in the veterinary field. Dr. Sydney Pokard is a veterinarian in Southern California who specializes in exotic and small animals. Dr. Sydney entered practice right away after earning her degree in veterinary medicine from the Western University of Health Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine in 2016. She also joined the staff of a nearby zoo and worked with small animals, exotic animals, and wildlife. Dr. Pokard has enjoyed working with numerous endangered species while traveling the globe and practicing veterinary medicine. Her passion for the profession influenced her to become a mentor to young veterinarians. By serving as a reliable resource for exotic medicine when it isn't taught in school, she motivates and encourages veterinary students and other emerging veterinarians who are eager to treat exotic animals. Listen in as Dr. Moriah and Dr. Sydney discuss their mentorship experiences while offering helpful suggestions for recent graduates and veterinary students seeking the right mentorship. Outline [01:13] Dr. Moriah begins the episode with a short introduction of Sarina Manifold. [02:05] What the mentorship experience was like while at vet school. [05:25] We hear Dr. Pokard's experience with mentorship in her first practice, highlighting the challenges she encountered and the help she received from the staff. [08:15] Talking about the communication aspect of mentorship, Dr. Moriah and Dr. Pokard discuss how to convey your expectations and needs as a mentee to the mentor and other staff members. [13:45] A short ad break - join Thrive [14: 54] Dr. Moriah and Dr. Sydney discuss the most important question young veterinarians should ask before joining a practice: "Have you had a fresh graduate work here before? [20:30] How the role of mentorship changed during the first three years of Dr. Sydney's career. [26:45] Both Dr. Moriah and Dr. Sydney Pokard express how happy and proud they feel to be a mentor and see the recent grads grow. [30:05] Dr. Pokard discusses how she uses social media to mentor and inspires young graduate and veterinarian students. [34:18] Dr. Moriah wraps up the episode. Connect with Dr. Sydney Pokard: Instagram Linkedin Website
35 minutes | Nov 8, 2022
Ep 157: Job Interviews: What we wish we asked, With Dr. Anna Schozer
In this week's episode of That Vet Life Podcast, Dr. Moriah McCauley is joined by Dr. Anna Schozer to discuss the questions that young veterinarians should ask before joining a practice, as well as highlighting the red and green flags to watch out for during an interview. As a small animal emergency veterinarian, Dr. Anna Schozer practices in the state of New Hampshire. After graduating from the University of Missouri in 2021 with a DVM, she returned to the east coast and fell in love with relief work. During her second year of veterinary school, she launched an online health and fitness company that has since assisted over 250 women in finding balance in their lives. Building on this, Dr. Anna Schozer is also a talented content creator who shares educational and inspiring content about the field on social media. Listen in as they discuss what new graduates should look for when choosing a practice. Outline [01:13] Dr. Moriah begins the episode with a short introduction of Dr. Anna Schozer [03:30] We are given a short preview of the episode. [05:10] Dr. Anna Schozer talks about her journey in the Veterinary profession, highlighting the challenges she faced as a young veterinarian. [09:10] Diving straight into the questions young vets should ask before going into practice. [13:05] "Have you ever had a new graduate work here?" Learn interview etiquette from Dr. Anna Schozer, and whether asking questions as straightforward as this is okay. [16:00] A short ad break - join Thrive [17:08] How can you get past the sugar-coated interview process? What are the best interview questions to ask to bring up those red and green flags? [19:05] Dr. Anna Schozer and Dr. Moriah list the essential questions that new grads should ask before joining a practice. [22:00] Is it ok to negotiate the salary during the interview? Discussing the financial aspect of a job including the salary, relocation bonus, signing bonus, and other perks. [32:17] Dr. Anna offers valuable advice for young veterinarians looking to join a practice as their first job. [34:15] Dr. Moriah thanks Dr. Anna for joining and wraps up the episode. To listen to extended TVL episodes, join our Thrive community for free. Connect with Dr. Anna Schozer Instagram Tiktok Facebook
26 minutes | Nov 1, 2022
Ep 156: Help! I can't find an externship, with Dr. Moriah McCauley
In this week’s episode of the That Vet Life podcast, Dr. Moriah McCauley shares invaluable knowledge on the subject of externship. She discusses their importance to students, the various ways students can get externships, and how they can get the most from the externship opportunities. Veterinary externships provide a platform for students to exercise their veterinary knowledge and learn hands-on skills. It is no surprise that most vet students strive to get these externships during their schooling years. However, getting externship opportunities is usually difficult mostly due to factors such as travel expenses and the expected cost of living in the externship station. Throughout the discussion, Dr. McCauley gives real-life examples and illustrations that will directly assist you as the listener. The main aim of the episode is to help you easily find an externship opportunity and consequently get the best outcome out of it. Tune in to learn more about this exciting topic! Podcast Outline [00:00] Podcast Intro [00:40] Review of a past poll on the evaluation of externships [03:32] Purpose of external externships [08:28] Where to find externships [10:12] Ad break - Learn more about our Thrive Community [11:23] Using word of mouth to find externships [12:07] Getting externships via corporate listings [14:28] Searching externships through job site listings [16:17] How to know if the externship opportunity will be high quality [19:28] Defining mentorship as a mentee or as an extern [22:58] How to get the most out of the mentorship experience [23:29] Episode wrap up [25:35] The end Connect with Dr. Moriah McCauley LinkedIn Instagram
32 minutes | Oct 25, 2022
Ep 155: Treat the Patient, Not Just the Disease, with Dr. Gary Marshall
In this edition of That Vet Life Podcast, Dr. Moriah McCauley is joined by Dr. Gary Marshall, one of VetX's very own Thrive mentors, to discuss the concept of "Treating the patient, not the disease", highlighting the common challenges faced by young veterinarians in developing treatment plans. The founder and medical director of Island Cats Veterinary Hospital (a feline-only practice on Mercer Island, Washington), Dr. Gary Marshall received his veterinary medicine degree from Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1989. Besides his work as a veterinarian, Dr. Marshall is also a member of our Thrive community and helps mentor young graduates and veterinary professionals. Gary currently sits on the board of directors for the College Of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University, and formerly served as its president. He also represents Washington State in the American Veterinary Medical Association's House of Delegates. Listen in as Dr. Gary and Dr. Moriah describe the process you can use to help your mentee grow in skill and confidence. Outline [01:01] Dr. Moriah McCauley gives Dr. Gary Marshall a warm welcome as the episode begins. [01:52] They discuss Dr. Marshall's recent Instagram post, which delves further into the idea of "treating a patient, not just the disease." [05:22] We hear about the value of client communication and how it benefits both the patient and the veterinarian. [09:10] The value of client education, emphasizing how it can ultimately result in more effective patient care. [15:25] Dr. Moriah and Dr. Gary discuss how a treatment strategy for a specific disease can vary depending on the patient. [17:35] A short ad break - join Thrive [18:42] Dr. Moriah continues the program by discussing the value of considering a range of treatment choices before deciding which is the most suitable in the particular case. [21:30] The value of decision-making skills, especially in emergencies, before going on to discuss how a team should make decisions without delegating too much power and responsibility to any one person. [28:12] Dr. Moriah and Dr. Marshall summarise the episode, adding valuable tips for young grads and veterinarians. [30:45] Dr. Moriah wraps the episode. To listen to the extended versions of That Vet Life podcast when they release, join our Thrive community for free. Connect with Dr. Gary Marshall Linkedin Instagram
30 minutes | Oct 18, 2022
Ep 154: Who's mentoring the mentors? With Dr. Moriah McCauley
This week's That Vet Life Show podcast is a solo episode, where Dr. Moriah McCauley discusses the traits that a good mentor should have, all of which were proposed by the veterinary community in an Instagram vote. She outlines these qualities and their significance for the growth and development of the team, the mentee, and you as a mentor. Whilst pursuing her veterinary degree at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, Dr. McCauley had the opportunity to study with some of the best veterinarians in the nation. She has inspired veterinarians and veterinary students to be competent and self-assured through her captivating storytelling, love of animals, and passion for taking care of others. Listen in to discover the qualities that define a good mentor! Outline [01:16] Dr. Moriah begins the episode with a short recap of previous episodes. [02:36] She dives into the characteristics of a good mentor, enlisted by the vet community itself. [03:54] We discuss “imposter syndrome”, describing its impact on mentor-mentee relationships. [05:44] We hear a personal story, describing how being open-minded is a characteristic of a good mentor. [11:34] While discussing the second crucial quality of a good mentor, Dr. Moriah explains how being nonjudgmental as a mentor benefits both the mentee and the team. [13:40] A short ad break - join Thrive. [14:48] The episode by discussing the Instagram poll results. [17:11] What does it mean to be a titled mentor? If you don't enjoy teaching, should you still hold the title of mentor? [21:07] How to become a titled mentor? How to sharpen mentoring and leadership skills? [28:40] Dr. Moriah wraps the episode. To listen to the extended version of this episode, join our Thrive community for free. Connect with Dr. Moriah Linkedin Instagram
29 minutes | Oct 11, 2022
Ep 153: Bringing the Humanity back into Vet Med, with Dr. Meghan Vaught
For this week's episode of That Vet Life Show, Dr. Meghan Vaught joins Dr. Moriah as they discuss cyberbullying in the veterinary profession, specifically referring to a 2019 incident in which Meghan's MVMC received thousands of death threats over a puppy’s surrender to its facility. Along with it, however, MVMC received an outpouring of support from clients and the veterinary community as a whole. After finishing her clinical rotations at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Vaught earned her Ph.D. from St. George University in May 2013. In 2017, Dr. Vaught finished a three-year Emergency and Critical Care Residency at Tufts University's Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. She became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care later that year. She is dedicated to promoting the welfare of animals and assisting all animals to lead happy, healthy lives full of treats, sundowners, and zoomies. Dr. Vaught has devoted her time and efforts to raising awareness about the effects that cyberbullying and public shaming can have on veterinary teams, as well as providing resources to assist others who may find themselves forced to defend themselves against online hate. We discuss how mentors, vets, and the community as a whole can help young people learn how to cope with such traumatic experiences. Outline [01:01] The episode begins with Dr. Meghan's brief introduction. [1:50] Dr. Moriah discusses the 2019 incident at MVNV and provides background information on the terrifying ordeal that Meghan and the staff had to experience. [03:13] We find out what a typical day in her life is like while underlining the difficulties she encounters at work. [04: 35] Dr. Meghan elaborates on the mentoring programs that MVNC is providing for young interns as she explains how to prepare veterinary students for tough situations. [08:41] Dr. Moriah and Dr. Meghan discuss the importance of creating a socially and psychologically secure atmosphere for new grads who are just beginning their careers in veterinary medicine. [09:10] The values that make up MNC's culture, and how it is reflected in the hospital. [11:38] A short ad break - join Thrive. [12:47] Dr. Moriah continues the episode by talking about the importance of emotional intelligence in the veterinary field, explaining its positive impacts on communication and teamwork. [16:27] Dr. Meghan discusses how the MVNC puts its core values into practice and how it helps strengthen the bonds among staff members. [18:35] Dr. Meghan lists valuable resources that can be used to strengthen a team's bond. [25:45] Dr. Meghan provides insightful guidance for young veterinary graduates starting in practice, particularly for those who find themselves battling cyberbullying. [28:12] Dr. Moriah wraps the episode. To listen to the extended version of this episode, join our Thrive community for free. Connect with Dr. Meghan Vaught Linkedin
26 minutes | Oct 4, 2022
Ep 152: What does it mean to be a good Mentee? with Dr. Moriah McCauley
This week's That Vet Life Show episode features Dr. Moriah McCauley as she shares her experiences with mentorship, as well as highlighting the characteristics of a good mentee. Dr. Moriah McCauley combined her love of animals and passion for caring for others to become a small animal veterinarian. While pursuing her veterinary degree at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, she was presented with the opportunity to study with some of the best veterinarians in the nation. After realizing how valuable their tales were, she decided to share this value with her peers, which led her to entering the world of podcasts. She has since concentrated on the effects of storytelling in both client and patient outcomes, with her journey and stories having inspired veterinarians and veterinary students to be competent and self-assured. Going into practice as a young veterinarian, it's important to know what to expect from your mentors and what they will expect from you. Dr. McCauley describes the qualities of a good mentee, which were suggested by the veterinary community in an Instagram vote. Outline [01:16] Dr. Moriah begins the episode with a short introduction to the Mentor-Mentee relationship. [02:15] Dr. McCauley dives into the most common common question regarding mentorship and its answers posted by the veterinarian community. [03:53] We hear about the four important characteristics of a good mentee, suggested by the vet community. [04:28] Dr. Moriah describes these characteristics while also explaining their importance through practical examples. [06:42] What are the steps you need to take to prepare for practice? [09:40] As a new veterinarian entering practice, how should you handle failure? [10:33] A short ad break - join Thrive. [11:40] We continue the episode by talking about the importance of having a growth mindset in overall development during a mentorship. [15:05] Dr. Moriah explains how to respond to criticism. [18:55] We explore mentorship from the perspective of the veterinary community, highlighting both its positive and negative aspects. [21:23] What are the factors that lead to a negative mentorship experience? [25:23] Dr. Moriah wraps the episode. To listen to the extended versions of this podcast series when they're available, join our Thrive community for free. Connect with Dr. Moriah Linkedin Instagram
23 minutes | Sep 27, 2022
Ep 151: How Half-Marathon Training Prepared Me for the NAVLE, with Dr. Moriah McCauley
In this week's episode of That Vet Life Show, Dr. Moriah McCauley delves into all things NAVLE-related. For those that don't know, the NAVLE is the national board exam for veterinarians wanting to practice in the US and Canada. Choosing a career that would combine her love of animals and passion for caring for others, Dr. Moriah McCauley decided on becoming a small animal veterinarian. She began this podcast at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, where she graduated with a veterinary degree. Dr. McCauley started to concentrate on the function of the stories of her colleagues in veterinary medicine, focusing on how storytelling can enhance outcomes for clients and patients as she made the transition from student to doctor. Through her engaging storytelling, she has encouraged veterinarians and veterinary students to be competent and confident. During this special solo episode, Dr. Moriah talks about the North American Veterinary Licensing Exam (NAVLE). Listen in as Dr. Moriah discusses every aspect of the exam - from its schedule, eligibility, and duration, to its practice, resources, and the aftermath. Outline [01:50] - Dr. Moriah begins the episode with a short introduction of NAVLE, sharing her experiences with the exam to give us a thorough insight. [04:28] - We hear a brief description of the NAVLE, answering the common questions, concerns, and doubts about the exam. [06:19] - Talking about how and what to study for an exam, Dr. Moriah talks about helpful resources and platforms to use for exam preparation. [08:04] - Dr. Moriah explains an efficient method for preparing and studying for the exam, also outlining how to cope when you don't know everything you need to know. [10:45] - A short ad break - join Thrive. [11:52] - We resume the podcast with Dr. McCauley discussing self-assessment exams. She explains how to make the best of the self-assessment exams, and how practicing it will help you build the right approach toward the actual exam. [14:01] - The importance of getting familiar and comfortable with the exam format, as well as building the right mindset toward it. [18:11] - "This is just an exam": Dr. Moriah talks about the aftermath of the results, discussing how to cope if you get a low score. [23:50] - Dr. Moriah wraps the episode. To listen to extended versions of the TVL podcast when they’re available, join our Thrive community for free. Resources Mentioned www.vetxinternational.com/thrive https://www.empoweringveterinaryteams.com https://www.mentorvet.net https://www.vetprep.com Connect with Dr. Moriah Linkedin Instagram
27 minutes | Sep 20, 2022
Ep 150: Facing Finances, with Dr. Grace Kim
Dr. Grace Kim joins Dr. Moriah for this week's episode of That Vet Life Show. Having graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Grace Kim is a DVM and Accredited Financial Counsellor. She works as a mentor and financial coach for young veterinarians, offering them valuable guidance on how to manage their finances and debt without being overburdened. After going from six figures in student loan debt as a veterinarian to becoming financially literate and efficient with money, she founded Richer Life DVM, a platform to educate and inspire others in their financial journeys. This episode discusses the challenges young grads face financially, especially one of the biggest ones: the student loan. Furthermore, she explains how to organize your finances, even if you're not a financial expert. Dr. Grace shares her insight on finance management, including a lot of tactical advice for young veterinarians just starting their careers. Outline [0:00] - Episode Introduction [00:57] - The episode begins with Dr. Grace's warm welcome. [1:42 ] - Dr. Grace talks about her journey from being a veterinarian to a Financial Counsellor, discussing her background in veterinary medicine and her motivations for entering finance management. [5:12] - Dr. Grace and Dr. Moriah discuss college loans and offer advice on how young graduates can manage their debts effectively without overextending themselves financially. [8:46] - Discussing different approaches to repaying education debt in situations where there is a high disparity between what you earn and what you own. Dr. Grace details how to plan an efficient repayment plan. [12:14] - A short ad break - join Thrive [13:23] - Dr. Moriah continues the episode by talking about the most crucial facet of financial management, quality of life. [13:58] - Dr. Grace provides tips on how a recent graduate and a young veterinarian can maintain a work-life balance while juggling debt and other financial obligations. [17:45] - When should you consider talking to a financial advisor? Her experience as a financial counsellor gives her insight into how finance professionals approach wealth and debt management. [22:36] - Dr. Grace discusses Richer Life DVM and the valuable resources it offers. Visit the website to learn more about money management. [26:22] - Dr. Moriah wraps the episode with a subtle request to share the episode. To listen to the extended version of this episode, join our Thrive community for free. Resources Mentioned www.vetxinternational.com/thrive https://www.empoweringveterinaryteams.com https://richerlifedvm.com Connect with Dr. Grace Kim Linkedin Richer Life DVM
38 minutes | Sep 13, 2022
Ep 149: “What’s the Difference Between Emergency Medicine and General Practice?” with Dr. Rachel Courville
For this week's episode of That Vet Life Show, Dr. Rachel Courville joins Dr. Moriah. Dr. Rachel began working as an Emergency Veterinarian at MedVet, a pet healthcare facility in Illinois Chicago, in 2020 after receiving her veterinary medicine degree from the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Rachel switched to general practice and joined Mission Veterinary Partners in 2021 after working as an emergency veterinarian for a year. In addition to being a talented vet, Rachel has a large social media following, using her platform for good to help vets and pet parents through her interesting and insightful social media posts and videos. In this episode, Dr. Rachel Courville discusses her experience switching from emergency medicine to general practice, emphasizing the importance of mentorship in the process. As the show progresses, she talks about the reasons for her job change and the difficulties that came with it. Listen in as Dr. Rachel Courville and Dr. Moriah discuss their own experiences to provide useful insights for young vets going through the same transition. Outline [01:13] Dr. Moriah begins the episode with a short introduction of Dr. Rachel Courville. [02:14] Dr. Rachel discusses her reasons for opting for emergency medicine after graduation whilst also exposing some false notions people have about general practice. [07:05] How the practice styles differ between emergency medicine and general practice. [10:14] Dr. Moriah explains why she decided on pursuing a career as a small animal veterinarian despite initially considering becoming a specialist in equine medicine. [12:10] Dr. Rachel and Dr. Moriah discuss the mentorship and relationship-building aspects of general practice and emergency medicine, emphasizing how the need for mentorship changes as one moves from one practice to another. [15:45] A short ad break - join Thrive [16:53] In the second segment of the podcast, Dr. Moriah and Dr. Rachel discuss the value of mentorship for both professional and personal growth. [21:14] How getting support from friends and family can help you get through the psychological and emotional challenges associated with changes. [24:14] Dr. Rachel Courville goes into more detail about what led her to go from Emergency Medicine to General Practice. [25:50] The value of networking and how it could aid in opening up new doors for young veterinary students. [29:24] Moriah and Rachel offer valuable advice to young vet students who are planning to make a change in their profession. [33:35] Dr. Rachels discusses her motivations for helping and mentoring young veterinary students and her inspiration behind BellaVet. [37:45] Dr. Mo wraps the episode with a subtle request to share the episode. To listen to the extended version of this episode, join our Thrive community for free.
39 minutes | Sep 6, 2022
Ep 148: Science Communication in Vet Med, with Caitlin DeWilde
For this week's episode of That Vet Life Podcast, Dr. Caitlin DeWilde joins Dr. Moriah. Having graduated from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine with an Outstanding Young Alumni Award, Caitlin was selected as one of just ten nationwide veterinarians to participate in the AVMA’s Future Leaders program. She is also a member of the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association, and the Greater St. Louis Veterinary Medical Association, where she serves as vice president. In addition, Dr. Caitlin DeWilde founded The Social DVM, a consultancy business aimed at assisting veterinary professionals in understanding, utilizing, and growing their online and social media presence. She served as the medical director at a large hospital in St. Louis before taking a step back to commit herself to her love of marketing. In this episode, Dr. Caitlin and Dr. Moriah discuss science communication and its importance for veterinary professionals, emphasizing how veterinarians can effectively utilize social media. Listen in as Dr. Caitlin shares her insights on how clinics, young graduates, and solo practitioners can thrive on social media by using scientific communication and content that educates clients. Outline [01:13] Dr. Moriah begins the episode with a short introduction of Dr. Caitlin DeWilde. [02: 15] Dr. Caitlin shares her thoughts on Science Communication and its importance in Veterinary Medicine, emphasizing how social media can help clients become more educated. [06:10] What does Science Communication entail? Get the inside scoop directly from the social media mastermind. [10:00] Dr. Caitlin and Dr. Moriah discuss the role of a Veterinarian in Science communication. [13:02] Dr. Caitlin describes how to overcome the different social and personal barriers to create an impeccable social media presence. [18:14] A short ad break - join Thrive [19:20] Is it necessary for individual veterinarians to have a social media presence as well? Before creating a social media strategy, Dr. Caitlin recommends a few things to take into account. [21:56] Personal or professional social media accounts? Dr. Caitlin offers her opinion on which one a vet should choose and why. Personal or professional social media accounts? Dr. Caitlin and Dr. Moriah offer their opinion on which one a vet should choose and why. [28: 36] Dr. Caitlin discusses how young veterinary students can use social media and what their goals should be. [30:56] Dr. Caitlin and Moriah discuss social media's future, outlining what it will probably look like in five years, particularly in the veterinary industry. [35:49] Dr. Caitlin discusses her background in veterinary medicine and her motivations for entering social media marketing. [37:20] Dr. Mo wraps the episode with a subtle request to share the episode. To listen to the extended version of this episode, join our Thrive community for free.
42 minutes | Aug 30, 2022
Ep 147: Grief Management, with Sarina Manifold
For this week's episode of That Vet Life Podcast, Sarina Manifold join Dr. Moriah. Sarina Manifold is a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in veterinary social work. She gained the knowledge and abilities necessary to offer crisis intervention and grief support to clients of the small and large Animal Clinic after working as one of the clinical social workers at the University of Tennessee Veterinary Medical Center for ten years. In this episode, Dr. Moriah and Sarina Manifold talk about compassion fatigue and its effects on veterinary professionals. Using her years of experience in grief management, Sarina explains how a young vet can get through situations involving loss and grief while supporting the team and client all the while. Utilizing her passion for animals and her grief management expertise, she assists pet owners in their end-of-life decisions and conducts memorial services for their pets. Through increasing self-awareness, eliminating the thoughts that don't serve them any longer, and integrating losses in their lives, Sarina helps people become more balanced, effective, and authentic in their personal and professional lives. Listen in as the certified grief recovery specialist and owner of Authentic Healing Counseling shares an insight into what it's really like to work in the veterinary field as a veterinary social worker. Outline [01:13] Dr. Moriah begins the episode with a short introduction of Sarina Manifold. [04:00] Dr. Moriah describes an unusual and unpleasant episode from her general practice career that left her emotionally drained and mentally exhausted. [09:15] In her explanation of how grief management works, Sarina Manifold highlights all of the feelings and phases of grieving that surround compassion fatigue. [14:50] Sarina explains the importance of emotional agility and physiological flexibility in the veterinary profession. [18:57] How the ability of post-event debriefing can help in resilience building, [20:05] A short ad break - join Thrive [21:15] Dr. Moriah continues the conversation by outlining how young vet students can incorporate emotional debriefing into daily living to establish a healthy process of healing. [24:30] Sarina discusses how important it is to acknowledge, name, and accept your emotions when dealing with grief. [28:40] Sarina Manifold shares valuable techniques and tips for young vet students on how to handle scenarios of loss and grief while also supporting the team in overcoming them. [36:10] Sarina summarises key details from the episode and adds her closing remarks on dealing with loss and maintaining mental well-being. [40:13] Dr. Moriah thanks Sarina for joining and wraps up the episode.
12 minutes | Aug 23, 2022
Ep 146: The Vet School Imposter with Dr. Moriah McCauley
In this week's That Vet Life Podcast Dr. Moriah McCauley discusses vet school imposter syndrome! Dr. Moriah McCauley became a small animal veterinarian after combining her love of animals and a passion for taking care of others. She gained her veterinary degree at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, where she began this podcast. Utilizing her podcast to share her colleague's stories, Dr. McCauley started to concentrate on the function of these stories in veterinary medicine and how storytelling can enhance outcomes for clients and patients as she made the transition from student to doctor. Through her engaging storytelling, she encouraged veterinarians and veterinary students to be competent and confident. Dr. Moriah discusses the imposter phenomenon in this episode and offers guidance that can be really helpful if you're struggling in vet school. Listen in as Dr. Moriah shares crucial advice and insights that will help you maintain a healthy balance in your academic life by focusing on what matters most and letting go of what doesn't. Outline [1:17] Dr. Moriah starts the podcast by summarising the four years of vet school and emphasizing the difficulties and stress. [04:12] Dr. Moriah lists the five most important things to keep in mind when you're feeling discouraged during vet school. [05:44] A short ad break - join Thrive. As the episode continues, Dr. Moriah explains how the vet community can motivate, inspire, and challenge others. [08:30] Dr. Moriah explains why academic performance isn't everything in veterinary school. [11:02] Dr. Moriah wraps the episode. To listen to the extended version of this episode, join our Thrive community for free.
25 minutes | Aug 16, 2022
Ep 145: A Q&A with Dr. Moriah McCauley, Featuring Dr. Boatright, Dr. Dela Cruz, Dr. Byers and Dr. Reinhard
This week's That Vet Life Podcast is a Q&A special where Dr. Moriah McCauley is joined by Dr. Kate Boatright, Dr. Marcus Dela Cruz, Dr. Chris Byers, and Dr. Addie Reinhard to answer all your burning questions! Host, Dr. Moirah McCauley, is a practicing small animal veterinarian who gained her doctor of veterinary medicine from The University of Scotland in 2020. Amongst her guests includes, emergency veterinarian and chief veterinary officer, otherwise known as ‘the friendly vet’, Dr. Marcus Dela Cruz. Dr. Marcus graduated from Purdue University in 2018 and since then has been working as a veterinarian alongside writing for his blog ‘The Friendly Vet’. Other guests in this episode include, Dr. Kate Boatright, an associate veterinarian, speaker, and author who gained her doctor of veterinary medicine back in 2013. As well as Dr. Chris Byers, a teleconsultant, emergency/critical care and small animal internal medicine practitioner, and the founder and editor of CriticalCareDVM.come. And lastly, Dr. Addie Reinhard, the founder and CEO of MentorVet - an evidence-based mentorship and professional development program designed to provide resources and support to new and recent veterinary graduates. During this special Q&A episode, Dr. Moriah and other experienced veterinarians from the vet community answer the vet student’s questions coming straight from Dr. Moriah’s Instagram feed. Listen in as the expert veterinary professionals give a variety of answers and advice to help vet students with the challenges they face. Outline [01:30] Dr. Marcus Dela Cruz and Dr. Kate Boatwright answer how students can manage their dread and anxiety as they prepare to begin vet school. How to dive right into this new chapter of Vet medicine and have a blast doing it. If you are a vet student, what is the best way to study efficiently and how do you cope when you do not know everything? [06:00] Dr. Moriah answers queries regarding internships and residency. What is the right roadmap for veterinary students— enter General Practice right away or take an internship first and pursue a specialization? [09:48] Dr. Chris Byers’s research-based take on specialization and internships. [13:03] A short ad break - join Thrive. [14:10] Dr. Moriah resumes the podcast by discussing how to get the best internship. How do you find a job that has good mentorship? How do you even begin looking for it? And how do you know if it will offer you effective mentoring? [15:40] Here are some questions you could ask at the interview to get a glimpse of your future career recommended by Dr. Addy Reinhard. How often will we have check-in sessions? What will my first week, month, year look like? What kind of support and resources are available to your new grads here? [19:02] Any advice for the jitters on the first day, week, or month? [23:50] Dr. Moriah wraps the episode.
36 minutes | Aug 9, 2022
Ep 144: Vetting the World's Toughest Horse Race, with Dr. Georgina Johnston
For this week's episode of That Vet Life Show, Dr. Georgina Johnston joins Dr. Moriah. In 2013, Georgina Johnston earned a degree from the Royal Veterinary College in London. Growing up on a sheep and beef farm in England, she shares a deep passion for veterinary medicine. She has traveled the world in pursuit of her passion, working with a diverse range of people and animals. She is not only an accomplished veterinarian, but also accomplished in equine research and works to enhance equine performance through high-level training, education, and research. In this episode, Dr. Georgina discusses her participation in the 1000 km Mongolian Derby, highlighting its history, the selection of the horses, and the risks and difficulties it entails. Dr. Georgina shares her experience from the derby while discussing the role of veterinarians in equine sports. Listen in as Dr.Georgina Johnston shares how she and a small team of veterinarians took care of nearly 1400 horses that were selected for the race. Outline of this episode: [00:23] Dr. Mo begins the episode with Dr.Georgina Johnston’s introduction. [01:10] Dr. Georgina Johnston briefly discusses her college and internship experience. [01:50] Dr. Georgina Johnston talks about how and what prompted her to switch from practicing medicine to other fields. [04:10] Drs. Moriah and Georgina Johnston discuss the importance of practice in choosing or entering a field of specialization. [10:54] Dr. Moriah and Dr. Georgina Johnston discuss the history of the Mongol Derby. [16:10] Dr. Moriah and Dr. Georgina Johnston discuss the culture of Mongolia. [16:36] A short ad break - join Thrive [17:45] Dr. Georgina and Moriah continue the episode by talking about how the process of organizing the Mongol Derby race works. [20:40] Dr. Georgina and Moriah discuss the horse selection process for the race. [22:20] Dr. Mo and Dr. Georgina Johnston discuss the process of selecting a horse for the race based on both a visual and medical analysis. [27:02] Moriah and Dr. Georgina talk about the dangers and challenges associated with horse racing. [30:02] Georgina Johnston talks about the medical kit she used during the Mongol Derby. [32:00] Dr. Georgina discusses a few of her most interesting experiences from the Mongolian derby. [34:55] Dr. Moriah wraps the episode. To listen to the extended version of this episode, join our Thrive community for free.
45 minutes | Aug 2, 2022
Ep 143: Reflecting on Veterinary School and Client Communication, with Dr. Sarah Wolff
For this week's episode of That Vet Life Podcast, Dr. Sarah Wolff joins Dr. Moriah. Dr. Sarah Wolff is a general practice veterinarian and client experience nerd, who earned her veterinary medicine degree from The University of Edinburgh in 2011. In addition to being a brilliant vet, Dr. Sarah is also an excellent speaker and expert in client communication. She is also a founder of Wolff Pack Services, a firm that helps veterinary practices to develop an effective veterinarian-client-patient relationship through curated client experiences and effective team strategies. In this episode, a conversation between Dr. Moriah and Dr. Sarah Wolff takes us on a journey from the beginning to the end of their graduations at the University of Edinburgh. They discuss some of the common challenges young vets face at vet school and describe how the overall journey has shaped their professional careers. Listen in as two veterinarians who graduated from the University of Edinburgh reflect on their time in vet school and offer insightful advice to aspiring veterinarians. Outline [01:12] The episode begins with Dr. Moriah welcoming Dr. Sarah Wolf. [09:00] Dr. Sarah and Dr. Moriah talk about the education and cultural system of the United Kingdom from the United States. [03:35] Dr. Sarah and Dr. Moriah share the challenges they faced while moving to the UK for graduation. [15:15] Dr. Sarah talks about the days of vet school, highlighting how her graduation experience helped her in becoming a better vet. [17:20] Dr. Sarah Wolf explains the reason behind lead poisoning in Swans, which is a common vet emergency across the UK. [21:14] A short ad break - join Thrive. [22:43] Dr. Moriah continues the episode by sharing her vet school experience. [23:36] Dr. Moriah offers an important piece of advice for students who are planning to study abroad. [25:50] Sarah discusses how the veterinary profession allows graduates to apply different approaches to their practice. [27:30] How taking different opportunities and volunteering in different activities at vet schools can develop and empower you with excellent communication skills, essential industry experience, and professional confidence. [30:04] Dr. Sarah Wolf offers advice for veterinary students based on her own graduation experience at the University of Edinburgh. [33:20] Dr. Sarah explains the idea behind her Wold Pack Services, which helps vet practices create exceptional client experiences. [36:09] What are the steps that make an appointment successful for the vet, client, and patient? [43:55] Dr. Moriah wraps the episode. To listen to the extended version of this episode, join our Thrive community for free.
42 minutes | Jul 26, 2022
Ep 142: The Truth Behind the Transition, with Dr. Alexandru Pop and Dr. Sarah Brisson
For this week's episode of That Vet Life Show, Dr. Alexandru Pop and Dr. Sarah Brisson join Dr. Moriah. Large animal veterinarian, Dr. Alexandru Pop has been in practice for almost three years. In 2019, Alex earned his veterinary medicine degree from North Carolina State University's College of Veterinary Medicine. He spent more than a year working at Pineview Veterinary Hospital before joining Appalachian Veterinary Services, where he is currently the president. Dr. Sarah Brisson is a confident and competent small animal veterinarian. After graduating from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2018, she jumped into rural practice in Ontario where she spent 3 years learning to manage preventative, chronic, urgent, and emergent care cases. During this episode, Dr. Alex and Dr. Moriah discuss the challenges and difficulties every new vet graduate faces when they start their career emphasizing how important it is to learn from your colleagues and teammates. Dr. Sarah joins the conversation and shares her experiences as a young small animal vet. Listen as Dr. Alex and Moriah discuss their transformation from veterinary students to practicing veterinarians while acknowledging the common challenges they face and their logical solutions. Outline [01:13] Dr. Moriah begins the episode with a short introduction of Dr. Alex. [03:33] Dr. Alex Pop discusses his background in veterinary medicine and his motivations for entering the field. [06:22] Dr. Alex and Moriah talk about large animal practice. [09:10] Dr. Alex talks about his transition from being a vet student to working as a veterinarian. [10:00] How does your support system evolve as you develop from a vet student to a vet professional? [12:10] Alex discusses his first job after graduating from vet school, revealing the factor that influenced him to take his first job. [13:40] At what point should a Vet Student consider taking on a job? Dr. Moriah and Dr. Alex discuss the right time to explore the possible option. [18:00] A short ad break - join Thrive [19:18] Dr. Moriah and Dr. Alex resume the episode by discussing the differences between the clinical cultures of small, large, and mixed animal practices. [22:30] What can you learn about the work culture at your next job by asking the right questions during an interview? [26:15] Dr. Sarah answers the question “What do you wish someone had told you about the transition from a student to a young graduate”? Is it necessary for vet students to memorize every single detail at veterinary school? [31:40] Dr. Alex lists the informational resources that he uses as a quick reference while working as Vet professional. [34:20] Dr. Alex shares his thoughts on the transition from being a competent Vet into a confident vet. [38:15] Dr. Sarah describes the unexpected joy of starting a practice in veterinary medicine. [38:20] Alex and Moriah share their experience starting a veterinary practice and the unexpected joys they encountered. [43:00] Dr. Moriah wraps the episode with a subtle request to share the episode. To listen to the extended version of this episode, join our Thrive community for free.
37 minutes | Jul 19, 2022
Ep 141: The Days of James Herriot, with Dr. Cody Creelman
In today’s episode, Dr. Cody Creelman joins Dr. Moriah. Dr. Cody Creelman is a Canadian veterinarian also known as the ‘Cow Vet’. After growing up on a commercial cattle operation near Beaverlodge, Alberta, he attended the University of Alberta, receiving his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture with distinction in 2006. In 2011, he earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine and joined Veterinary Agri-Health Services as an associate veterinarian. He directly impacted rural communities and provided services to local cattle ranchers in Alberta using his vet experience, entrepreneurial endeavors, and business savvy. Having over 20 million views, he has established a very loyal following of ranchers, veterinarians, and veterinary students. It's easy to see why Creelman puts a lot of effort into content creation as his videos are highly entertaining, and his attitude towards work is admirable. During this episode, Dr. Cody Creelman and Moriah discuss the history and evolution of veterinary medicine, emphasizing how the approach to learning, the culture of the profession, and the overall veterinary sector have changed through time and what the future may hold for vet medicine. Listen in as the popular Dr. Moriah revisits history and explains how veterinary medicine has changed over time while giving a taste of what the future may bring. Outline of this episode: [01:10] Dr. Moriah McCauley welcomes Dr. Cody Creelman to begin the episode. [03:30] Moriah and Cody discuss the history of veterinary medicines and the romantic ideas of James Hariot’s writings. [05:44] What does veterinary medicine look like now and in the future, according to Dr. Moriah and Dr. Cody? [07:40] Dr. Cody talks about the evolution of veterinary medicines. [09:50] Dr. Moriah and Cody Creelman discuss the difference between today's learning curriculum and the one in the 30s (James Hariot's time). [11:30] What the future holds for the veterinary profession and where does it stand today? [15:15] What is Cody Creelman trying to accomplish with Mosaic Veterinary Partners? [15:50] A short ad break - join Thrive [16:58] Dr. Moriah continues the episode by discussing how the practice culture has changed over time. [19:30] Cody Creelman discusses the teaching methods in today’s veterinary schools. [24:20] Moriah and Cody discuss goals and visions after vet school. [28:50] Dr. Moriah and Cody Creelman talk about common problems veterinarians encounter with clients. [31:30] Dr. Moriah and Cody Creelman discuss the toxic negative culture in the workplace. How to escape the culture of toxic negativity in practice? [36:20] Dr. Moriah wraps the episode. To listen to the extended version of this episode, join our Thrive community for free.
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