Get new episode alerts and updates direct to your inbox, subscribe today. PLUS GET A FREE DOWNLOAD!

#56: Ready, set… with Dr Moriah McCauley.

It’s the end of the academic year, and around the world, thousands of final year vet students are facing the start of their careers. It’s an exciting time with a lot of optimism, but likely also a fair whack of anxiety. There are so many major decisions to make, and you’ve heard so many scary stories about life as a vet?! 

This is why we’re having this conversation with Dr Moriah McCauley. Moriah is on the other side of this breakwater between student life and vet life. Just more than a year out of vet school, still keeping her head above water, still at her first job as a small animal GP practitioner, and mostly enjoying it, despite the massive curveball that a global pandemic has thrown at her and her friends. 

But Moriah is not your average recent grad. Well, she is, but she has an unfair advantage: when she was a student she started That Vet Life Podcast (https://bit.ly/ThatVetLife), and in later 2021 her and the podcast joined VetX International as part of a global team of mentors. On the podcast, she’s had dozens of in-depth conversations with experienced vets about how to survive and thrive as a veterinarian. This means that she has been accumulating the skills needed to navigate this profession for a long time, unlike most of us who learn the hard way!

So this one is for you new grads of the world, bravely facing the adventure that awaits: we talk about picking the right first job, the things that still surprised Moriah about real life as a vet, tips for survival, making sure you keep growing, and Moriah gives us a guide to setting up the RIGHT kind of mentoring relationships. 

But it’s also for you senior vets, managers and bosses, who will be in charge of taking care of our new colleagues. You need to hear what Moriah has to say about her first year out – about how she planned her growth with the help of mentors, about what her and her classmates value, what they need, why they leave jobs, and what they can bring to your business. 

Thank you to the team at Heska Australia for helping us to support you by supporting the podcast. Visit www.heska.com.au to find out how to streamline your in-house lab work and digital radiology for faster simpler and reliable diagnostics. 

If you want to lift your clinical game go to https://vvn.supercast.tech for a free 2-week trial of our short and sharp high-value clinical podcasts with a free 2-week trial when you subscribe. 

#FIP Update: Part 2: What if Remdisivir isn’t an option? With Dr Sally Coggins.

Episode Downloads:

In part two of our bonus FIP series Dr Sally Coggins – feline vet and FIP researcher – tells us about other potentially useful treatments, like mefloquine for FIP. This could be particularly useful if you are not in Australia or the UK with access to BOVA’s legally compounded Remdesivir and oral GS44152. We also cover off on side effects of Remdisivir, as well as the practicalities of the treatment period, like how to help clients with painful injections, and speak to a vet nurse who treated her own cat for FIP to get an owner’s perspective. 

Joining us as co-host is Dr Dave Collins – medicine specialist and organiser of spectacular snow-based vet conferences with Vets On Tour, who are planning an awesome comeback conference in New Zealand for 2022 after having to cancel the last two years. Start planning at https://www.vetsontour.com.au/

If you enjoy our clinical content then head to vvn.supercast.com for a free two-week trial of our large collection of podcasts in small animal medicine, surgery and emergency. Short enough to consume on your drive to work, but with enough content to make you just a little bit better (and more enthusiastic!) at your job, and backed up by beautiful show notes to refer back to later. 

Go to https://vvn.supercast.com for a free two-week trial of our Medicine, ECC and Surgery podcasts. We know how hard it is to commit the time to sit down for ongoing CPD, and we know how quickly you start feeling rusty and that you’re falling behind, which is why we think you’ll love these. Three episodes per week that will take you from ‘unsure’ to being a total boss, all in the space of your drive to work. Once you’re joined up you’ll be able to listen to all of our podcasts in exactly the same place that you normally listen to podcasts, including the Apple podcast player and Spotify. We’ll also send you beautifully made show notes with all of the good bits so you can refer back to it later. 

#FIP Update: Everything You Need To Know with Dr Sally Coggins

Episode Downloads:

This two-part bonus series is an update on everything FIP from our clinical podcast series. There have been some major changes in this space over the last few months, most notably around the legal access to Remdesivir for animal use and the availability of an oral formulation of GS442524 in Australia and the UK through BOVA compounding. In this episode, we go to the front lines of therapy to create the most up to date FIP guide out there. 

We speak to Dr Sally Coggins, a feline vet and FIP researcher at Sydney University, about what they are learning about feline infectious peritonitis treatment. In part one we learn how to confirm your diagnosis, and we dig deep into Remdesivir – the drug that changed it all. 

Our co-host for these episodes is Dr Dave Collins – a medicine specialist from Sydney and the genius behind Vets On Tour, which is a series of veterinary conferences held in some of the world’s most spectacular places. If you fancy a bit of snow and apres-ski with your CPD you should check out https://www.vetsontour.com.au/ and start planning your New Zealand conference for 2022.

Go to https://vvn.supercast.com for a free two-week trial of our Medicine, ECC and Surgery podcasts. We know how hard it is to commit the time to sit down for ongoing CPD, and we know how quickly you start feeling rusty and that you’re falling behind, which is why we think you’ll love these. Three episodes per week that will take you from ‘unsure’ to being a total boss, all in the space of your drive to work. Once you’re joined up you’ll be able to listen to all of our podcasts in exactly the same place that you normally listen to podcasts, including the Apple podcast player and Spotify. We’ll also send you beautifully made show notes with all of the good bits so you can refer back to it later. 

#55: Be More Forrest. With Dr Rob Pope.

Robert Pope is a British veterinarian, athlete and charity fundraiser. He is an elite distance runner, with a number of successes at the marathon and ultramarathon distances, including being the Australian marathon champion in 2015. In 2016 he completed a 422-day, 15,700-mile run (that’s about 600 marathons!) comprising more than 4 complete crossings of the United States, and became the first person to trace the route run by Tom Hanks’ fictional character in the film Forrest Gump.

Rob’s vet career includes a PhD, a long stint as an emergency vet, and journeys into Opthalmology and Imaging. Rob currently works at the Animal Trust – a not-for-profit veterinary company in the UK. 

He’s the author of a new book about his Forrest Gump adventure – Becoming Forrest (https://bit.ly/BeMoreForrest), a TED speaker, and the host of the Red Bull Being Superhuman podcast. As you can imagine – we had a LOT to chat about, like making career decisions, keeping your head above water in the current craziness that is vet work just about everywhere in the world, about courage and grit, great life advice, and of course – about running. Lots and lots of running!

If you want to lift your clinical game go to https://vvn.supercast.tech for a free 2-week trial of our short and sharp high-value clinical podcasts with a free 2-week trial when you subscribe. 

#53: What are we so afraid of? With Drs. Kate Clarke and Magdoline Awad

In episode 53 we dissected one of the biggest fears that many vets have: the fear of an official board complaint, from the perspective of a practitioner facing a complaint against them. In this episode, we look at the same issue from the side of the official body that deals with complaints. I’m a firm believer that the more we know about the things that we fear, the less scary they become, so let’s face this one together Drs. Kate Clarke and Magdoline Awad are vets with experience serving on vet boards. They join us to answer all of our questions about board complaints – like how likely is it happen in the average career, what the most common complaints are, what the process looks like if you do have one lodged against you, as well as practical tips for avoiding them in the first place. Kate and Mags also walk us through all the possible outcomes, in other words – what’s the worst that can happen, but then – what is the much more LIKELY to happen.

Kate has over 20 years experience as a GP vet in regional Australia and the UK, with membership of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Small Animal Medicine and a Master’s degree in Business Administration. In addition to her role on Victoria’s Vet Board, she’s also the founding director of Engaged Solutions, a veterinary HR consultancy, and serves on the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council’s Sustainable Practice Committee. She’s an AVA graduate mentor and a Policy Council Advisor for the AVA’s Veterinary Business Group, tasked with developing the AVA Great Workplaces Policy, and is also leading the development of a new not-for-profit called Sustainable Veterinary Careers. Somewhere in between all of that Kate also has a veterinarian husband and two teenage kids. 

Have your say at https://sustainableveterinarycareers.org by completing the survey. 

Mags is Chief Veterinary Officer at Greencross. (https://www.greencrossvets.com.au/) She did her memberships in animal welfare and has a degree in Veterinary Professional Practice Management. She was appointed to the Veterinary Practitioners Board of NSW in 2019, and is a member of the UNSW Animal Care and Ethics Committee and is the NSW representative for the AVA Welfare and Ethics special interest group. Between 2008-2015 Mags was Chief Veterinarian at RSPCA NSW, after starting with the organisation in 1996. She’s also been involved in the development and management of community programs in remote regional areas of NSW, working with local veterinarians and government to improve the welfare of pets in those communities. 

If you want to lift your clinical game go to https://vvn.supercast.tech for a free 2-week trial of our short and sharp high-value clinical podcasts with a free 2-week trial when you subscribe. 

#54: Telling the good from the bad and the ugly: In-house cytology tips. With Dr Brett Stone

Episode Downloads:

In this episode, we speak to Specialist Veterinary Clinical Pathologist Dr Brett Stone. Brett has extensive experience in both clinical pathology and histopathology. He has worked as a pathologist in Australia and the UK for over 15 years and has a special interest in cytology and immunocytochemistry. 

In our previous path episode with Dr Rebekkah Liffman, we talked about how to GET the perfect cytology sample. This time we’re going to look at it. And no – you shouldn’t just chuck it in one of those little blue boxes and send it on its merry way – you should have a look at it yourself. Tune in and you’ll hear why, and HOW. 

Brett starts with some great tips on how to get the most out of your microscope, and then gets onto the higher grade stuff, like what to look for, how to differentiate nasty from not so nasty, and how to plan your next steps, including deciding what samples you actually want to end up sending to the lab. 

Thank you to the SVS Pathology Network (https://www.vetqml.com.au/) for loaning Brett to us and for supporting this series of pathology episodes. Check out their other educational resources at the Clinical Excellence Support programme, which is a collection of pathology related continuing education talks, webinars and web content. (http://www.vetqml.com.au/NewsEvents/NewsEvents/EducationalVideos.aspx)

If you want to lift your clinical game go to https://vvn.supercast.tech for a free 2-week trial of our short and sharp high-value clinical podcasts with a free 2-week trial when you subscribe. 

Get new episode alerts and vet vault updates direct to your inbox. Join our newsletter today.