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.
Episode #7: Doing the hard things, Dr Craig Challen.
Our guest today is a successful businessman who, in his free time, likes to put on a skin-tight black neoprene suit and use his special skills and unique equipment to save lives. No - it’s not Batman, but it may as well be. Dr Craig Challen has become an Australian icon for his role as a rescue diver in the Thailand cave rescue that captivated the world in late 2018. For his efforts in the rescue, Craig was awarded the Star Of Courage award in Australia, nominated as a Companion of the Most Admirable Order of the Direkgunabhorn in Thailand, and, together with his dive partner, as the joint Australian of the year for 2018/19.
EPISODE 7 DOWNLOAD:
|The Vet Vault Show Notes #7|
Episode #6: Simple habits, BIG results Dr Paula Parker.
For this episode we are fortunate to have with us a young vet who is contributing more to the veterinary profession in her relatively short career than many of us will do in a lifetime. Dr Paula Parker was the president of the Australian Veterinary Association for 2018/19, and is the youngest person ever to be elected to this position. When she is not leading the team that makes major policy decisions and guides the future of our our profession both in Australia and internationally she works as an emergency vet in a practice in the Gold Coast, Australia.
EPISODE 6 DOWNLOAD:
|The Vet Vault Show Notes #6|
Episode #5: A mental health masterclass by Dr Nadine Hamilton.
Dr Nadine Hamilton is a psychologist, but she’s not just your everyday psychologist - she’s OUR psychologist. After nearly 35 years of experience in a variety of industries she is now a leading voice and helping hand for the veterinary profession. Through her practice, Positive Psych Solutions, she works exclusively with vets, helping them to be the best they can be for their patients and themselves.
EPISODE 5 DOWNLOAD:
|The Vet Vault Show Notes #5|
Episode #4: To the brink and back - a guide to surviving and thriving in veterinary science. Dr Oliver Liyou.
In this episode we speak to a vet who, in his 26 years in the veterinary profession, has experienced some fantastic highs , but also some of the very darkest lows. His journey has taught him crucial lessons on how to not only survive, but thrive in this sometimes challenging profession of ours, and we are very fortunate that he is happy to share those lessons with us with such honesty and openness.
EPISODE 4 DOWNLOAD:
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Episode #3: Good attitude, great outcomes. Dr Brooke Schampers.
When Gerardo first suggested today’s guest to me I must admit that I was slightly sceptical. If our aim with this podcast is to pick the brains of successful people in the veterinary profession to see if they can share some of their acquired wisdom with us, then surely our guests will need years of experience? Or so I thought. Let me assure you that you do NOT need years of experience to have serious focus and have the right mindset.
EPISODE 3 DOWNLOAD:
|The Vet Vault Show Notes #3|
Episode #2: Motivation, making a good start, and having fun. Dr Louisa Graham, aka @louisa_the_vet
In today’s episode we chat to a vet who in her relatively short career has managed to encourage and inspire tens of thousands of vets through her popular veterinary instagram account, @louisa_the_vet. You can't help but love her infectious enthusiasm.
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About the Hosts
Dr Hubert Hiemstra
Hubert is a veterinarian and owner of an emergency clinic in Perth, Western Australia. He qualified in 2002 in South Africa and has worked in practice within 3 continents over his 20 year career. In this time he has personally experienced and witnessed in friends and colleagues how the challenges of a career in veterinary science can affect even the strongest of people. It has become his quest to discover how to build a balanced and fulfilled life armed with a degree in veterinary science and a good attitude.
Hubert divides his time between clinical and leadership roles at his busy practice, raising three wild boys, and researching, writing, mentoring and, now, podcasting about non-clinical skills in veterinary science.
Dr Gerardo Poli
Gerardo is an emergency Veterinarian and Director at Animal Emergency Service in Brisbane Australia. He is dedicated to helping and inspiring vet students and veterinarians around the world by sharing his passion and knowledge. He is an inspiring public speaker and public figure with a dedicated online following. Gerardo is also the author of the world renowned MiniVet Guide and other educational resources. He hopes though his work he can help to advance veterinary standards, make the lives of vets a little easier and inspire the next generation of veterinary professionals to dream big and achieve the best. When not in the hospital, you can find him at the gym or fundraising for his charity Rebuild Hope Nepal.
We Want To Hear From You:
We would love to hear what you think of each episode, what resonated with you, what advice will you take away from the guest, do you have a topic you would love us to cover? Follow us on instagram to unlock the best of the Vet Vault.