Episode 59 – Learning from loss and going for goat
In this week’s episode we are talking to Heidi and Liv. Heidi and Liv are both 3rd year vet students at the University Of Liverpool, with unique alternative entry routes. Heidi worked on a dairy farm. Liv qualified as an RVN and worked in a small animal clinic. The shared experience of parent loss has strengthened their friendship, and together with Tobias they founded the Bereaved Vet Students Group (@bereavedvetstudentsgroup) . They are on a mission to improve bereavement support, and to create a safer space within the profession for anyone coping with grief and loss.
Heidi found strength in CrossFit, and if not in the gym she can be found with her pet goats. She discusses the difficulties of being an autistic vet student, and the importance of self-acceptance to show up as your true (weird) self. Liv continues to work as an RVN around her studies and is an avid cinema goer after a long day at university. She discusses many things… including hiding in the toilet!
Instagram – @CrossFitVet
Instagram – @_livfreeman_
Twitter/ X – @TheRVNVet
We are thrilled to be joined by the lovely Gemma for our clinical chat today. Scott and Gemma continue their conversation about the treatment of liver disease, with a focus on steroids and UDCA. A massive thank you to our incredible friends at Protexin for supporting this conversation:
Episode 58 – My Veterinary Patchwork Quilt
In this week’s veterinary podcast episode we are talking to Dr Eve Hanks. Eve is the CEO & Founder of MI:RNA. Eve is a veterinary surgeon, innovator and entrepreneur and she used her clinical and scientific background for conception, development and implementation of a novel diagnostic testing technology. Eve has created this new platform with microRNAs, having studied, researched, and published in this area for over 7 years. We talk about her career path and how all the pieces of the puzzle have come together, bringing her to where she is today. Please check out some of Eve’s amazing work:
We are thrilled to be joined by the lovely Gemma for our clinical CPD segment chat today. Scott and Gemma talk all things liver disease treatment, with a focus on the mystical sAME (S-Adenosyl methionine). Join us next time for the second part of this chat. A massive thank you to our incredible friends at Protexin for supporting this conversation:
Episode 57 – Taking a leap of faith
This week’s podcast we talk to the wonderful Inge Breatnach. Inge qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2007 in Dublin and spent 11 years in general practice. In 2015 she moved to a large oncology and soft tissue referral hospital and worked as a surgical oncology nurse. In 2020 she joined The Ralph veterinary referrals in Buckinghamshire and helped to establish a medical oncology service. Having completed her DipAVN in 2020, and her PgCert AVN (oncology) in 2022, she now has her sights firmly set on the oncology VTS qualification.
In our clinical CPD segment, we conclude our discussion about incidental liver enzyme increases.
Episode 56 – If you can’t see it, you can’t be it
In this week’s podcast we are joined by the incredible Janika Patel. Janika is a small animal veterinary surgeon that qualified from University of Nottingham in 2017. She has worked in various practices across London and Surrey and is currently a locum around Leicestershire. She has a keen interest in internal medicine and a passion for raising awareness of issues such as racism, diversity and equality within the profession. Janika’s Instagram page @janikathevet began as a diary of her experiences as a vet and soon evolved into an inspiring space for other people of colour to join the veterinary profession.
Instagram – @janikathevet
- British Veterinary Ethnicity and Diversity Society: https://bveds.com/
- Animal Aspirations: https://www.animalaspirations.com/
- RCVS Diversity and Inclusion Working Group: https://www.rcvs.org.uk/who-we-are/committees/advancement-of-the-professions-committee/diversity-and-inclusion-working-group-dig/
- BVA Good Veterinary Workplace: https://www.bva.co.uk/media/3708/bva-position-on-good-veterinary-workplaces.pdf
- RCVS Supporting Guidance: https://www.rcvs.org.uk/setting-standards/advice-and-guidance/code-of-professional-conduct-for-veterinary-surgeons/supporting-guidance/veterinary-team-and-business/
In our clinical CPD segment today Scott continues a series of discussions regarding the investigation of liver disease, especially those pesky liver enzymes.
Episode 55 – Plant trees you will never see
In this week’s podcast episode, we talk to Elly Russell from the Veterinary Defence Society (VDS). After graduating from Cambridge Vet School in 2002, Elly worked in a variety of clinical roles including small animal practice and an emergency critical care setting. In 2017 she completed her CertAVP in small animal surgery and discovered her passion for patient safety. Elly is currently undertaking a PhD researching the role communication plays in the delivery of safe, effective veterinary care. Elly is passionate about supporting vet teams and developing the communication practices they need to achieve high performance and fulfilling, happy careers.
We would like to say a huge thank you to the VDS for their support of this podcast and to Elly for this thought-provoking conversation!
In our clinical CPD segment today Scott starts a series of discussions regarding the investigation of liver disease, especially those pesky liver enzymes. The question is… how do you investigate these liver enzyme increases, especially those that you find incidentally! Learn more about liver disease in dogs and cats by joining our liver course :
Episode 54 – Leading Change
In this week’s podcast episode we are talking to the incredible Helen Silver-MacMahon and Cat Auden from VetLed. We have recorded this special episode ahead of the VetLed 2023 Veterinary Human Factors Conference. We hear a lot of voices in our profession calling for change of all sorts. Maybe you are too…but how do we really do that? How can we improve things for the long-term, and not just apply ‘sticking plasters’ to problems? Hopefully this episode will help in starting to answer some of these questions! At VetLed the team passionately believe that taking a Human Factors approach to change in veterinary practice will make a fundamental difference to both the patients under our care… and the people delivering that care.
The jam-packed online two day-conference schedule features nearly 24 hours of cutting-edge CPD, and over 40 speakers with a range of diverse and highly interactive sessions from panels, discussions, lectures, key-note sessions, TED-style talks, and abstract presentations and networking:
In our clinical CPD segment this week we continue a discussion about leptospirosis with our very own Scott. This week we chat about the diagnosis and treatment of this challenging condition.
Episode 53 – Shelters, Surgery and Stinky
This week’s podcast we talk to Dr. Kelly Gehlhaus who works in shelter medicine in Minnesota. We talk about her international studies, shelter medicine and navigating the challenges this brings for patients and their owners. We dive into finding your niche and what makes each veterinary professional individual.
Dr. Kelly Gehlhaus attended the University of Edinburgh’s Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, graduating in 2015. Upon graduation, she moved to Utah on a whim to begin her veterinary career in small animal clinical practice at a low-cost, high-volume clinic, where she was first introduced to the spectrum of care concept. After years in Utah, her partner, a fellow vet and Dick Vet graduate, obtained a veterinary pathology residency at the University of Minnesota. A year into their life in Minnesota, and amidst a pandemic, she joined the veterinary team at Animal Humane Society’s community clinic, where she is now the Managing Clinic Veterinarian. At AHS, she played a pivotal role in piloting the Community Medicine Rotation with the University of Minnesota. Her special interests are animal behaviour, internal medicine, hospice care, and strengthening the human-animal bond through veterinary medicine. She is also the mother of five fur children (three dogs and two cats) and a small human child. One of her dogs is a recent impulse adoption, and so happens to be a blind pit bull puppy! Although life and work keep her very busy, she enjoys taking time to draw and paint, go for long runs, and is an avid equestrian. One of her passion projects is breaking down breed stigmas and volunteering for the most amazing organization, known as ‘My Pitbull is Family’, which runs the North Minneapolis Pet Resource Center.
Episode 52 – From surgery to psychology: leaving expectations behind
In this week’s podcast episode, we are talking to the brilliant Liv of @vetgonereal. We talk all about her journey through veterinary medicine, from an aspiring surgeon to a qualified coach teaching veterinary teams about the power of positive psychology. We discuss the power of divorcing the expectations we put on ourselves, and how emotions are not as simple as good and bad or positive and negative. What does it really mean to live your life with purpose and show up as your authentic self? Liv graduated in 2016 from a university in Poland and shortly after graduation moved to the United Kingdom. Throughout her career, Liv has been mentoring and providing mental health support to her colleagues. This passion for veterinary wellbeing led her to undertake a masters degree in Applied Positive Psychology at Anglia Ruskin University.
Based on several years of veterinary and peer-support experience, combined with Positive Psychology and EQ training, Liv created the Vet Gone Real platform. Liv specialises in veterinary wellbeing and emotional intelligence. She works with both individuals and practices to help them understand how positive psychology can improve their team dynamics and improve psychological safety and build thriving workplace cultures.
You can find out more about Liv’s platform Vet Gone Real below:
Episode 51 – The good, the bad and the social media
On this week’s podcast episode we are talking to Cat Henstridge, also known online at Cat the Vet. We will be talking about her life as a first opinion vet and what it is like to navigate being a vet on social media. Cat graduated from Bristol University in 2003 and has worked ever since as a small animal vet in first opinion practice. She started her career in a hospital in Wolverhampton and after a few years left to locum in and around the West Midlands. In 2015 she moved with her family back to her home town of Sheffield where she now works part-time in an independent clinic.
Her passion is, and always has been, this profession and the people in it and after writing a website of pet advice for owners because she was frustrated at the lack of good quality information on the internet (this was a while ago, things are different now!), she started to blog and then created social media pages, both to continue to educate but also to showcase the veterinary world and combat the myths and misinformation about us. These have grown to form a significant part of her career, which she balances with her actual job, her three children and a busy family life!
Episode 50 – Microaggressions, mental health and meaning
In this week’s podcast episode we are chatting to Daniella Dos Santos and Rosie Allister about the important topic of microaggressions.
Daniella graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2012, having previously obtained a degree in molecular genetics from Kings College London. She is past President of the British Veterinary Association, during which she championed #VetDiversity, and is a vocal advocate of the importance and value of diversity, inclusion and widening participation within the veterinary profession. She led the first BVA Discrimination Survey in 2019, and has presented the work she has undertaken as BVA President to the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe. In 2021 she became a Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons for Meritorious Contributions to the Profession, and was also awarded the RCVS Inspiration Award 2021.
Rosie has received the BVA Chiron Award and RCVS Impact Award for work on veterinary mental health. Her PhD researched mental health, support and identity and how this affects veterinary wellbeing. She has substantial experience in applied suicide prevention, support, and evidence-based solutions. She combines technical and academic knowledge with a practical background in veterinary practice. Rosie manages Vetlife Helpline and volunteers with All4Paws veterinary clinic and Samaritans.
Vetlife Helpline is available 24 hours a day to provide confidential support to the veterinary community. Call 0303 040 2551 or email via www.vetlife.org.uk
Episode 49 – Are we really a product of our own success?
In this week’s podcast episode we are talking to the insightful Carolyne Crowe. We talk about everything from communication, managing expectations and listening. And what inspired her to run 10 marathons in 10 days! Carolyne is an equine vet, personal performance coach, mentor, international speaker, researcher and lecturer, and has a Masters degree in Workplace Health and Wellbeing. Through her role as Head of Training at the VDS, she has been able to help support professionals through non-clinical training on leadership, resilience and communication, helping workplaces and employees learn and grow in a busy and pressured environment. As a founding member of the Coach of Excellence Accreditation, Carolyne was awarded an Honorary Fellowship in 2020 for her outstanding contribution to the profession.
We would like to say a huge thank you to the VDS for their support of this podcast and to Carolyne for this inspirational conversation!
Episode 48 – From clinic, communication and compassion
In this week’s podcast episode we are talking to the incredible Helen Silver-MacMahon. We talk about her expansive career as an RVN and how her intrigue in human-factors and non-technical skills have shaped her career. We discuss the importance of addressing incivility in clinical practice and the impact these behaviours can have not only on us as professionals but also to those around us including our patients!
Helen is a veterinary nurse and a former Research and Development Director at VetLed. Having worked in general practice, referral hospitals and nursing education over the past 21 years, she has extensive professional experience and understanding from a wide range of settings. Helen is passionate about developing the veterinary professions understanding of Human Factors as a powerful aid in improving patient safety, enhancing performance and supporting the wellbeing of the veterinary team. She is a RCVS Knowledge Champion for her role in the sustained training and use of a surgical safety checklist within the small animal theatre at the former Animal Health Trust. In 2021, Helen completed an MSc in Patient Safety and Clinical Human Factors at the University of Edinburgh. For her dissertation project Helen researched situational awareness in the veterinary operating theatre and has a special interest in non-technical skills, and has just begun a PhD to research this area. In her role at VetLed she enjoys applying this knowledge to develop and deliver professionally relevant training for all members of the veterinary team. We would like to say a huge thank you to VetLed for their support of this podcast and to Helen for this eye-opening conversation!
In our clinical CPD segment this week we continue a discussion about feline pancreatitis and the treatment of acute pancreatitis.
Episode 47 – From sheep farming to cytology
In this week’s podcast episode we are joined by the amazing Francesco Cian. Francesco is a veterinary clinical pathologist. He qualified from University of Padua (Italy) with a DVM in 2006. He spent the next 4 years in small animal practice. In 2010, he started a residency program in Clinical Pathology at the University of Cambridge, which he finished in 2013 attaining both an ECVCP and FRCPath diploma. Francesco is passionate about teaching and has come up with lots of creating and engaging ways to share his knowledge and passion. We chat about his amazing veterinary journey that all started on a sheep farm! Make sure to check out his amazing platforms!
In our clinical CPD segment this week we start a discussion about feline pancreatitis,
Episode 46 – Hearts, minds and cytokines
In this week’s podcast episode we are so excited to be chatting with the amazing Catherine Oxtoby. We talk about everything from hearts to minds to cytokines! Catherine qualified from Bristol Vet School in 2000 and worked in equine and small animal practice for 13 years. In June 2017 she completed a PhD at the University of Nottingham, School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, researching Patient Safety in Veterinary Practice. She currently works as a risk manager for the Veterinary Defence Society (VDS), the UK’s leading veterinary professional indemnity provider. In this role, she put her research into practice developing safety systems such as VetSafe – a unique national veterinary error reporting system. We would like to say a massive thank you to the VDS for supporting this podcast.
In our clinical CPD segment today Scott finishes up a series of discussions regarding all things coagulation! Today we focus on treatment of coagulation disorders:
Episode 45 – Vet, mum, gardener and floating fish
In this week’s podcast episode we are so excited to be chatting Dr Louisa Lane, also known as @louisa_the_vet. We talk about Louisa’s love for veterinary medicine as well as balancing life as a new mother and an aspiring gardener! Louisa talks about her love of teaching, mentoring, learning, exotic vets and floating fish. Louisa studied at the University of Nottingham School of Veterinary Medicine and Science graduating with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science degree and a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine degree. In 2013 she worked at a small animal hospital in Lancashire where she found her love for Internal Medicine and mentoring fellow veterinarians. After being appointed Senior Veterinary Surgeon she completed an advanced qualification in Internal Medicine achieving a post graduate certificate in Veterinary Professional Studies, and certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice in Small Animal Medicine.
Louisa has a fantastic following on her social media Instagram page (@louisa_the_vet) where she shares her veterinary cases to an audience of almost 30,000. Due to the feedback she received, her passion for mentoring and inspiring others, in 2019 she launched her own veterinary mentoring programme that she runs remotely. ‘Your Vet Coach’ was set up to support vets all over the world in their transition from veterinary student to practitioner (https://www.louisathevet.co.uk/).
In our clinical CPD segment today Scott continues a series of discussions regarding all things coagulation! Today we focus on disorders of secondary coagulation; the clotting cascade and beyond.
Episode 44: Doing the right thing?
In this week’s podcast episode we have the pleasure of talking to the amazing Cat Auden about doing the right thing, because it is the right thing to do. Cat is a veterinary surgeon and Head of Collaboration at VetLed. After working in general practice for a number of years, Cat joined the growing team at VetLed. Keen to combine her experience in practice with a passion for optimising clinical performance, Cat now works to develop and deliver specific, industry-relevant Human Factors training for veterinary teams across the country, with a view to improving both clinical performance and patient safety.
Cat is keen to see how we can grow and develop as a profession through learning from and collaborating with other caring yet safety-critical professions and has a particular interest in the concept of psychological safety in the workplace and its impact on team performance. Cat strongly believes that equipping the current generation and educating the next generation of veterinary professionals in Human Factors is essential to continuing to move forward and develop as a profession.
In our clinical CPD segment today Scott continues a series of discussion regarding all things coagulation! Today we focus on disorders of primary coagulation, particularly immune mediated thrombocytopenia.
Episode 43 – Putting on your own mask first
In this week’s podcast episode we have the pleasure of talking to Dan Tipney, Head of Evidence and Insights and one of the founding partners at VetLed. We discuss everything from evolution, human factors and going backwards in boats. Dan provides an array of insights into human performance gained from his perspective across numerous disciplines. Formally as an international athlete, sports coach, pilot instructor, and airline pilot, he now delivers training and support for veterinary teams. Dan led the Human Factors training programme at a major UK airline and has since developed and delivered non-clinical training to both veterinary and healthcare professionals. He represented Great Britain both as an athlete and a coach and has a great passion for supporting teams so that they can consistently achieve their goals.
Across all fields Dan has consistently identified that understanding ourselves as humans, both individually and collectively is the basis delivering positive change. At VetLed, Dan collaborates with experts from veterinary medicine, aviation, psychology and healthcare training when developing training material, campaigns, patient safety tools and cultural initiatives. VetLed’s mission is to enhance performance in practice through the reliable delivery of clinical skills.
In our clinical CPD segment today Scott starts a series of discussion regarding all things coagulation! Today we touch on the importance of appropriate sampling and some of the simple errors that can cause confusion.
Episode 42: It’s never the dog’s fault
In this week’s podcast episode we chat to the wonderful Sophie White (@veterinary_behaviour_support). We chat to Sophie about struggling to find her spot at the beginning of her career and how she finally found her place in the world of behaviour. Sophie graduated from the RVC in 2011 going on to work in a variety of small animal roles. In 2019 she completed a masters degree in Clinical Animal Behaviour from the University of Lincoln. She spent the following year gaining hands on experience working as a Training and Behaviour Advisor for Dogs Trust before founding her own company Veterinary Behaviour Support. Her particular areas of interest are dogs with human directed aggression and pets who have interlinked medical and behavioural issues.
In our clinical CPD segment we continue our series of chats about the investigation and management of lower urinary tract disease. This week Scott rounds off the discussion regarding urolith management, focusing on urate and cystine uroliths in dogs.
Episode 41 – Minds, bodies, souls and Vet Mums
We have a real treat for you this week. In this week’s podcast episode we are joined by the brilliant Liz Barton. Liz is a vet and has worked in mixed practice in the Lake District, completed a small animal internship, worked nights, has been a GP small animal vet and worked in shelter medicine. Liz co-founded WellVet as a not-for-profit initiative to increase access to wellbeing support for vet teams. She also co-founded the Vet Mums Facebook community to open up discussion around the challenges of parenting and working. She’s on SPVS board as wellbeing representative, and has been involved with many organisations and groups across the veterinary industry. She found herself having to learn marketing, PR and communications for her own projects, which led to her diversifying into this as a career in 2019, alongside a period co-editing Veterinary Woman. She’s now found her perfect fit as Head of Communications for VetCT, who provide specialist support for veterinary teams all over the world.
In our clinical CPD segment we continue series of chats about the investigation and management of lower urinary tract disease. This week Scott chats through some more of the specifics regarding urolith management.
Episode 40: Just a vet nurse?
In this week’s podcast episode we are really thrilled to be joined by the amazing Fiona Marjoram (RVN & Nurse Programme Coordinator, United Kingdom & Republic of Ireland Hill’s Pet Nutrition Ltd). Fiona began nursing in 1987 and qualified as a VN in 1989. She worked in veterinary practice for 13 years, during the last year of which she also worked as a veterinary nursing and animal care lecturer at the West Sussex College of Agriculture. This was a great opportunity to chat about the role pet nutrition plays in practice today – touching on some of the trends and difficulties we come face as vets and nurses on a daily basis. Most importantly Fiona reminds us there is no such thing as ‘just a vet nurse’ and what a powerful role nurses can have in veterinary practice today. So who is best placed to discuss nutrition and to make an appropriate recommendation? Dr Google, the breeder, the groomer or the Vet Healthcare Team?
In our clinical CPD segment we start a series of chats about the investigation and management of lower urinary tract disease. This week Scott chats through the initial investigation of urolithiasis. We are really grateful to the wonderful folk at Hill’s Pet Nutrition (www.hillsvet.co.uk) for their support of this podcast.