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 #19: You CAN have it all, just not all at the same time, with Dr. Olivia James
Dr Olivia James is one of the leaders in the field of equine dentistry. She is months away from finishing her diplomate examinations, which will make her a specialist, and the highest qualified equine dentist in the Southern Hemisphere. Olivia has worked in veterinary practices in regional Australia both in mixed and equine hospitals since graduating from the University of Sydney with honours in 2003. In 2010, when her second son was just one year old, she started her own equine practice, sold in 2018 to concentrate on her studies and start her current business, Australian Veterinary Equine Dentistry.
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Episode #18: Kids or career: you don't have to choose, with Dr Abbie Tipler
One question that pops up time and time again is some variation of: “I don’t feel like I can focus on my career, because I have young kids.” And I totally agree - I often feel torn apart in the tug of war between career and parenting. So here at the Vet Vault we’ve made it one of our missions to speak to vets who are finding ways to create fulfilling careers, while still being engaged parents and husbands or wives, and to ask them how the hell they do it. When we started asking around for some guest ideas of people who seem to have solved this problem, our guest for today was one the first names that popped up: Dr Abbie Elise Tipler BVSc, MANZCVS (Surgery) is a small animal surgeon. She graduated from Massey University in 2005 and soon after graduation discovered her passion for small animal surgery.
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Episode #17: 7 rules for surviving vet science, with Dr. Gerardo & Dr Hubert.
For this episode we're trying something new. We've had so many valuable insights from our guests that we thought it would be well worth it to review some of our favourite bits. Join us as we dig deeper into the topics that we think can make a big impact on your career. In this episode we explore some important themes from Dr Oliver Liyou, our guest from episode 4. Oliver shared some hard-earned wisdom that can be career-, or even life-saving . If you missed Oliver the first time, or if you need a refresher, please join us as we review Oliver's 7 rules for surviving veterinary science.
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Episode #16: Making moves fearlessly, with Dr. Cody Creelman.
When we started organising this episode with our guest he was neck-deep, or shall we say shoulder-deep, into clinical cow practice. However, the last few weeks have seen some major changes in the life of Dr. Cody Creelman, Cow Vet. Up until about 3 weeks before we recorded this episode Cody Creelman was a veterinarian, multiple practice owner, and digital storyteller based in Alberta, Canada. Cody shares his story in real-time on social media by creating entertaining and educational videos of his daily adventures - with 20 million video views.
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Episode #15: Confessions of a Workafrolic Dr Justine Lee, VETgirl.
Dr. Justine Lee, the one and only VETgirl, is best known for the hugely popular on-line veterinary education resources that she produces through the vet girl on the run website, podcast, and pretty much anywhere where you find your continuing education. Currently, Dr. Lee is one of approximately 450 board certified veterinary specialists world wide in emergency and critical care, and is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. She is also board-certified in toxicology and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology. She’s been published in numerous veterinary journals and books, and has been aired on radio and television to promote preventative medicine, animal health, and the overall well-being of pets.
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Episode #14: Meaning vs balance, with work-life guru Nigel Marsh.
Nigel Marsh is a Management consultant, communications specialist, author and entrepreneur. He is best known for his creative pursuits. As well as the author of three books – Fat, Forty and Fired, Overworked and Underlaid and Fit, Fifty and Fired-Up – he is also the co-founder of Earth Hour and the founder of the Sydney Skinny. Fat, Forty and Fired is currently being developed into a major TV series. He also has a hit podcast of his own called 'The Five Of My Life.' The other side to Nigel’s career is his 30+ years experience in the commercial sector. Over that time Nigel has worked with a huge variety of organisations. From the highest profile (McDonalds, Canon, Pepsi, P&G, Virgin, Mars, Fiat, Colgate), to national governments and local enterprises. Whether dealing with big business issues or social engineering, Nigel has provided strategic counsel and impressive results in almost every category imaginable.
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Episode #13: Communication, it's NOT a soft skill. Prof Cindy Adams.
Most vets would agree that excellent communication skills are one of the most important tools that we need to develop for a happy veterinary career, and it's a topic that we've always wanted to feature here, so we were thrilled when one of the leading minds in veterinary communication training agreed to join us on the Vet Vault. Cindy Adams is a Professor in the Department of Veterinary Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences at the University of Calgary, where she teaches in the Clinical Communication and Professional Skills programs. She works to improve communication practices in veterinary medicine and education. Professor Adams has developed evidence-based communication curricula and methods for teaching, learning and evaluating communication skills across North America, UK, and Australia..
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Episode #12: Career diversity with the 2018 WSAVA Vet Of The Year. Dr Guy Weerasinghe.
Dr Guy Weerasinghe has covered more ground in the veterinary profession than many of us will do in a lifetime. He’s been in diary vet in New Zealand, a small animal shelter vet for the RSPCA - Australia’s largest veterinary charity, he’s worked in government doing field surveillance and policy, and has spent time in general small animal practice. During this time he gained a masters degree in Veterinary Public Health, and then became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventative Medicine: in other words - he’s a certified Veterinary Public Health specialist.
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Episode #11: What is life like as a vet in industry? Dr Mina Hamilton.
We’ve always known that as part of our guest list we wanted to talk to vets from outside of clinical practice to provide us with some insights about parts of the profession that neither of us knows anything about. When it came to choosing who we should interview from the world of industry, today's guest was at the top of both of our lists.
Dr. Mina Hamilton is a smiling bundle of energy and enthusiasm who took her talents out of clinical practice and into life as an industry vet a few years ago when she decided to work for one of the leading pet food companies. When you watch Dr. Mina doing her thing at work you’re immediately struck by how much she makes it look like a lot of fun, which is exactly why we wanted to talk to her.
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Episode #10: Change, balance, and the doing the things you love. Dr James Greenwood.
James Greenwood is a practicing veterinary surgeon living and working in Bristol in the UK. Originally from a farming family in Yorkshire, James inherited the family trait and devoted himself to a life spent in the company of animals. Since graduating from Bristol University in 2007, James has worked in mixed, equine and then for the last few years in companion animal practice. He tells us how he took stock of his career and how he made veterinary science work for him. We also talk about competence, confidence, courage, and his life as a TV vet.
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Episode #9: Getting comfortable with uncertainty Dr Rob Webster.
Dr. Rob Webster is an emergency and critical care specialist and one of the founding members of Animal Emergency Australia, a group of emergency clinics in southeastern Queensland. Outside of his clinical and leadership roles within the practice he has also trained and mentored large numbers of vets and vet nurses, inspiring them with his boundless energy and infectious enthusiasm. Dr Rob Webster.
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Episode #8: Defining the problem, Prof Jill Madison.
Jill talks about some common mistakes that many vets make when it comes to clinical decision making, and why curiosity and thinking skills are more important than knowledge and facts. Jill gives us her insights about the value of internships and tells us what her favourite textbooks are for everyday practice. Please enjoy - the queen of small animal veterinary medicine - Professor Jill Madison.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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:
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