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Welcome to the Vet Vault

Do you simply work in veterinary science, or could you make veterinary science work for you?

There are key people from every part of the veterinary profession who just seem to get it right, who have conquered the elusive “balance”. How do they do it? How do they stay motivated and passionate in an industry that is plagued with burnout and fatigue. In the Vet Vault we dive deep with some of the most inspiring and energised vets from around the world to unlock the tips, tools and inspiration for making veterinary science work for you.  Gerardo and Hubert are on a mission to unstitch the veterinary profession and all of it’s quirks in this provoking, stimulating and entertaining podcast.

About the Vet Vault 

The Vet Vault is a space where we talk to high performing individuals from varying niches of the veterinary profession who have found ways to thrive in their careers and make veterinary science work for them. From cutting edge specialists to inspired new graduates – we unlock knowledge and passion through open and honest conversations to reveal the thoughts, beliefs and habits that will launch your veterinary career sky high.

Each guest brings with them unique insights. Our conversations cover important topics like mindset, confidence and competence, career pathways, mental health, wellness, resilience, thought patterns, dealing with fear and uncertainty and having the right values, goals and attitude to succeed. Regardless where you are in your career, you’re bound to uncover something useful in each episode.  We sure did! 

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Recent Podcasts...

#48: Burnout – Identification, Predispositions and Solutions with Prof Gordon Parker

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Professor Gordon Parker AO is Scientia Professor of Psychiatry at the University of NSW. He is, amongst other things, founder of the Black Dog Institute, and Director of the Division of Psychiatry at Prince of Wales and Prince Henry Hospitals. In 2004 he received a Citation Laureate as the Australian Scientist most highly cited in Psychiatry/Psychology, and in 2018 he was a finalist for NSW Senior Australian of the Year. Oh, and that little AO that I read after his name is short for ‘Order of Australia’, which is awarded for distinguished service of a high degree to Australia or humanity at large.  He has published 20 books and over 1000 scientific papers, with his most recent book publication ‘Burnout – A Guide to Identifying Burnout and Pathways to Recovery’. This book encapsulates groundbreaking new research and clarifies what exactly burnout is, what it isn’t, what the risk factors are, how to spot it, prevent it, and fix it. 

And these are exactly the topics that we cover in this conversation with Prof Parker. We’re well aware that our profession is one of the highest risk professions for burnout, so arming ourselves with a better understanding of this nemesis is critical. 

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#47: Vicarious Trauma, Burnout and Inner Critic, with Dr Rhonda Andrews & Dr Louisa Johnson 

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In this conversation, we explore some ideas that we’re all familiar with, like how to live with those annoying self-critical voices that we all carry around inside our heads. Our guests, Rhonda Andrews and Dr Louisa Johnson also introduce us to some concepts that are brand new to us: cumulative trauma and vicarious trauma. Odds are that you’ll recognise these culprits – those insidious, unexpected, sometimes small things that add up and add up and add up until they suddenly become overwhelming. But this is not a doom and gloom or fear-mongering episode. This conversation is ultimately about identifying risk factors and putting preventative actions in place to protect ourselves and our friends and colleagues.

Rhonda Andrews is a psychologist with almost 3 decades of experience. She’s also the Principal Psychologist and Managing Director of the Barrington Centre, which provides organisational and personal psychological services to a large number of sectors both in Australia and abroad, including government, education, legal, entertainment and emergency services. 

Recently Rhonda has partnered with one of our own: Dr Louisa Johnson. Dr Louisa is a veterinarian who has a special interest in staff welfare and new grad care and is also the founder of Safervets. Rhonda and Louisa have been working together to adapt The Systems of Support Program for the Veterinary Industry. System of support, or SoS – is a positive psychological health program that was designed for high-stress professions, and therefore a perfect fit for the vet world. It’s an evidence-based program that helps to reduce the negative psychological impacts associated with work that can lead to anxiety, burnout, depression… or worse. 

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#46: Solutions, Not Problems, with Dr Justin Ward,

Dr Justin Ward is a veterinarian and practice owner from the Gold Coast in Australia. He grew up in South Africa where he studied veterinary science before heading to the UK for a 5 years stint of locuming and travelling, eventually putting down roots in Australia. 

After 4 more years of working as an employed vet, he had his first crack at practice ownership. In this episode, Justin shares his experience and the lessons learnt from when this first venture didn’t go according to plan. But it was with his second attempt at ownership that fate took him to all the right places. Fast forward 9 years, and he is now the co-owner of a thriving practice that has gone from 1 vet and 1 and a half nurses to 9 vets and 22 staff, plus a stint as the AVA’s brach committee president. We dig into Justin’s views on what makes a good practice, what a good partnership looks like, and how to find the balance of financial sustainability without sacrificing your values. 

Beyond his own practice, Justin is also actively involved in trying to bring about sensible positive changes to make our profession better. In our conversation, we pick at the loose threads of the multiple issues that vets around the world are facing to see if we can unravel some solutions, and Justin gives some very solid insights on the stories we tell ourselves and the many GOOD things about being a vet. 

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#Compounding: Everything you need to know about veterinary compounding

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Other than conundrums around the legalities of labelling and wondering if you’re allowed to stock any compounded meds for ’emergency use’, drug compounding is probably not something that most of us give a lot of thought to. You pick a dose, write a script, and your patient gets what they need, right? Right? 

But what about quality? Does someone regulate what goes into the meds you prescribe? And can we be sure that the active ingredients are ‘active’ – are they doing what they’re supposed to? Surely someone checks that?! One version of drug X is the same as another, right? 

 Fear not – we have you covered. Gerardo and Hubert recently facilitated a group discussion and QnA session about exaclty these questions. This episode is the result of that session and answers all the questions you’ve (n)ever asked about veterinary compounding. (Including how to label them!)

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#45: 6 Second Hugs and Other Resilience Tools with Dr Hannetjie Van Zyl-Edeling

Dr Hannetjie Van Zyl-Edeling is a counselling psychologist, mediator, author and artist, amongst other things. You’ll know that our goal at the Vet Vault is to help you create a sustainable and thriving life around your veterinary career. This is exactly why we HAD to speak to Hannetjie, because she believes that we can use our minds to help create our best life and find meaning, even in challenging circumstances. (And let’s face it – even the dream veterinary career will throw plenty of challenges your way!)

Hannetjie is in private practice and holds workshops and talks for the public and professionals about preventive nutrition, stress, eating disorders, positive living and ageing, ethics and spiritual living. She’s featured regularly on television and radio and advises journalists on preventive nutrition, stress, ethics, spiritual living and positive ageing. Her mission is to assist people in managing their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual selves in such a way as to grow and reach their fullest potential.

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