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Produced and presented by the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association, Fully Vetted is a podcast for members of the veterinary community who want to take a closer look at issues impacting the profession, both in Ohio and nationwide. Every other week, host Mia Cunningham and producer Krysten Bennett bring new guests on the show to discuss a multitude of topics important to veterinarians, students, and other veterinary professionals. For additional information and show notes, please visit http://www.fullyvettedpodcast.com.
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It's certainly not news: Rural veterinarians are in short supply, growing ever more scarce as new graduates opt to practice in a bustling metropolis, where pets are plentiful and pay is higher. But for a select few, serving in a rural area—where everyone knows everyone, life is simpler, and community is important—has infinitely more appeal. In this episode, Dr. Scott Pendleton of Heritage Veterinary Clinic in Hopewell, Ohio, recounts his experiences as a rural veterinarian, what's changed over his 30-year career, and has stayed—and might always stay—the same. He also explains some of the less-obvious differences between city life and country life, offers advice for individuals interested in working in an underserved area, and shares his predictions for the future of rural veterinary medicine. For show notes and more information on today's guest, please visit https://www.fullyvettedpodcast.com/episodes/36.html. WANT TO WIN A FREE REGISTRATION TO THE 2022 MIDWEST VETERINARY CONFERENCE? Listen to four FVP episodes and share your feedback for a chance to win a full ride! Deadline to enter is Sept. 1, 2021. LEARN MORE » --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/fully-vetted/message
They say it's a small world, but it's getting more and more difficult to stand out from the crowd. Small, independent business owners have to work harder than ever to set themselves apart from big corporations in order to attract not only clients, but staff members. And with ever-increasing demands on veterinary practices to manage both the medicine and the business itself, stress is at an all-time high. Now more than ever, veterinarians need a place to find shelter from the storm.  That's exactly what Harbor—an online community for the veterinary profession—is designed to provide. In this episode, Harbor ambassador Thamires Nunes introduces us to this new platform for veterinary professionals and students. We explore Harbor's networking and mentorship capabilities, discuss how Harbor supports veterinary wellbeing, and find out how Harbor is giving back to the profession. In part two, we continue our Meet the Board series with Dr. Scott Pendleton, AVMA alternate delegate for Ohio. For show notes and more information on today's guests, please visit https://www.fullyvettedpodcast.com/episodes/35.html. WANT TO WIN A FREE REGISTRATION TO THE 2022 MIDWEST VETERINARY CONFERENCE? Listen to four FVP episodes and share your feedback for a chance to win a full ride! Deadline to enter is Sept. 1, 2021. LEARN MORE » --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/fully-vetted/message
Like it or not, the world is becoming more digitized every day — and the veterinary profession is no exception. Advances in technology have elevated the level of care you can provide your patients, as well as making your day-to-day practice faster, easier, and more efficient. That too is the goal of the Ohio Department of Agriculture, which is increasing its efforts to educate practitioners on the benefits of electronic certificates of veterinary inspection (eCVI). Despite the availability of simple-to-use apps and innovative software, most of Ohio's veterinarians continue to submit paper-based health certificates to ODA—a process that is time consuming and tedious for both sides, not to mention more prone to inaccuracies and errors. In this episode, Dr. Dennis Summers, interim state veterinarian at ODA, joins us to explain why eCVIs are not only easier to use, but vital to ensuring animal health. He describes the benefits of eCVI apps, talks about pain points and workarounds, and discusses how Ohio veterinarians can make the switch. In part two, we continue our Meet the Board series with OVMA District 1 Representative Dr. Suzanne Savage of Toledo. For show notes and more information on today's guests, please visit https://www.fullyvettedpodcast.com/episodes/34.html. WANT TO WIN A FREE REGISTRATION TO THE 2022 MIDWEST VETERINARY CONFERENCE? Listen to four FVP episodes and share your feedback for a chance to win a full ride! Deadline to enter is Sept. 1, 2021. LEARN MORE » --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/fully-vetted/message
AFFINITY GROUPS IN VETERINARY MEDICINE, PART II: VETERINARIANS AS ONE INCLUSIVE COMMUNITY FOR EMPOWERMENT By now we know that the veterinary profession is arguably one of the least diverse fields in the nation. Students and faculty at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine are working hard to change that through student-run affinity groups, but the road ahead is long and difficult.  In today's episode, we sit down with student leaders of the OSU chapter of VOICE to learn how the organization supports minority groups that have historically been overlooked and underrepresented. They share why diversity is so important, discuss the delicate process of responding to and reversing racism, and offer ways YOU can have a positive impact on the profession—now and in the future. For show notes and more information on today's guests, please visit https://www.fullyvettedpodcast.com/episodes/33.html. =========================================== WANT TO WIN A FREE REGISTRATION TO THE 2022 MIDWEST VETERINARY CONFERENCE? Listen to four FVP episodes and share your feedback for a chance to win a full ride! Deadline to enter is Sept. 1, 2021. LEARN MORE » =========================================== --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/fully-vetted/message
AFFINITY GROUPS IN VETERINARY MEDICINE, PART I: J.H. BIAS For minority groups, finding a community of peers in a highly homogenous profession can be difficult, but at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, inclusivity is all important. One of many student organizations at OSU CVM, the J.H. Bias Black Affinity Group was formed to provide a safe, supportive space for students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds. In this episode, we are joined by the president of the organization, Kayla Orso, who shares insights into the black student experience, explains how J.H. Bias supports the black veterinary community, and explores ways veterinarians can come together to change the profession.  In part two, we continue our "Meet the Board" series with Dr. Michelle McFadden, District 7 Representative. For show notes and more information on today's guests, please visit https://www.fullyvettedpodcast.com/episodes/32.html. WANT TO WIN A FREE REGISTRATION TO THE 2022 MIDWEST VETERINARY CONFERENCE? Listen to four FVP episodes and share your feedback for a chance to win a full ride! Deadline to enter is Sept. 1, 2021. LEARN MORE » =========================================== Special thanks to Banfield Pet Hospital for supporting this episode. Learn more about Banfield's commitment to a diverse world and browse opportunities at jobs.banfield.com. =========================================== --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/fully-vetted/message
As you probably know by now, Pride Month is celebrated annually in June to recognize the LGBTQ+ community's fight for equality and to celebrate the freedom to be yourself. And, if you've been listening to the podcast regularly, you also know that veterinary medicine is considered to be one of the least diverse and perhaps one of the most conservative professions in the country. Dr. Mia Cary, CEO of Pride VMC, is one of many on a mission to change that. Over the past year, she's joined us on the show for some tough conversations about diversity, equity, and inclusion in the veterinary field. In today's episode, we've collected highlights from those discussions to reinforce the importance of DEI in veterinary medicine and to raise awareness of the struggles minority groups face in a largely homogeneous profession. For show notes and more information on today's guests, please visit https://www.fullyvettedpodcast.com/episodes/31.html. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/fully-vetted/message
As part of their official duties, members of the Ohio Veterinary Medical Licensing Board review a wide variety of complaints from pet owners and concerned citizens. Most are minor, some egregious, still others outside their jurisdiction—and don't forget the occasional absurd complaint. But if a veterinarian or technician is the subject of a complaint, no matter how big or small the grievance is, the situation is stressful.  In this episode, OVMLB executive director Theresa Stir and board member Dr. Nancy O'Connor join us to explain what the most common violations are, how to respond to a notification from the board, and what the investigation process looks like. They also share some of the most outrageous complaints they've received during the COVID-19 pandemic. In part two, we resume our "Meet the Board" series with OVMA Student Representative, Hailey Bryan.  For show notes and more information on today's guests, please visit https://www.fullyvettedpodcast.com/episodes/30.html.  --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/fully-vetted/message
VETERINARY WELLBEING, PART II: PREVENTING & HANDLING CRISES Listen to the first installment in this series » 28. Wellness in the Veterinary Profession: The Perfect Storm? As we well know by now, myriad variables impact a person's mental health, and when mental health decreases, so too does physical health and overall wellbeing. Further, if someone doesn't have a support system or know how to deal with these variables, their problems can spiral out of control and affect all facets of life. And it doesn't just affect individuals: Companies are also hit hard by mental health issues in the form of lower productivity, poor staff morale, and increased absenteeism—not to mention a financial cost (to the tune of tens of billions of dollars annually, according to the CDC). On the flip side, healthy employees are happier, more productive and focused, and miss less work. If everyone pays a high price for poor wellbeing, the logical solution is, first, to prevent the problem from compounding, and second, to have a failsafe in place just in case it does. After all, we offer wellness plans and preventive care for our patients. Why not for ourselves and our colleagues as well? In this episode, we pick up where we left off with our Veterinary Wellbeing Series. Our panelists return to talk about inexpensive but effective ways employers can support their staff before a crisis arises. We also discuss what to do if the stress of the profession becomes toxic and how to know when it's time to move on. =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE The Cost of Happiness: Boosting staff wellbeing affordable with an EAP (OVMA Observer article by Dr. Ken Brunson) Not One More Vet / Not One More Support Staff Uncharted Veterinary Community AVMA webinar: Suicide prevention and mental health National Institute of Mental Health: Suicide Prevention Resources Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) After a Suicide: A Guide for Veterinary Workplaces (AVMA) =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= EPISODE GUESTS Kenneth Brunson, DVM Michelle Harcha, DVM, M.A. Tabitha Kucera, RVT, CCBC, KPA-CTP --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/fully-vetted/message
What do you get when you put empathic caregivers known to neglect their own health into a high-stress, demanding profession? The perfect storm. At this point, we all know wellness is a big issue in the veterinary community. Compassion fatigue, burnout, and suicide are being discussed with increasing frequency, as are their causes: Working long hours, crippling loan debt, and demanding clients, just to name a few. But threats to mental health and overall wellbeing are much more nuanced than we may realize, and so too are their solutions. As part of Mental Health Awareness Month in May, Mia and Krysten kick off a new series tackling mental health in the veterinary profession. In this episode, our wellness advocates discuss factors that make this field so risky for highly empathic people, why common advice and coping strategies don't always work, and what unique threats they faced in their own professional lives. More information and show notes available at www.fullyvettedpodcast.com. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/fully-vetted/message
Earlier this month, Ohio veterinarians became mandatory reporters of animal abuse—but what does that mean, exactly? In this episode, we discuss specific provisions of the new law and tackle some of your burning questions. For links to relevant sections of Ohio law and other animal abuse resources, please see the show notes at www.fullyvettedpodcast.com. =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= ARE YOU A NATURAL-BORN LEADER? OVMA's Power of 10 program can help you develop your innate leadership skills! More information and application online at www.ohiovma.org/powerof10. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/fully-vetted/message
Ohio's new law requiring veterinarians to report suspected companion animal abuse is about to go into effect. Sounds simple, but there are many shades of gray that can make reporting a complicated matter. In today's episode, Dr. Allison Lash of the Cleveland APL explains the process of reporting and what comes after, and shares examples of real-life cruelty cases she encountered during her career. To view photos of the cases referenced in this episode and access other resources, please see the show notes at www.fullyvettedpodcast.com. =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= ARE YOU A NATURAL-BORN LEADER? OVMA's Power of 10 program can help you develop your innate leadership skills! More information and application online at www.ohiovma.org/powerof10. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/fully-vetted/message
In this episode, OVMA Government Relations Director Michael Guastella joins Mia to discuss three major bills that were recently signed into law by Gov. Mike DeWine. More information and show notes available at www.fullyvettedpodcast.com. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/fully-vetted/message
For decades, the annual Midwest Veterinary Conference has offered an unparalleled experience for thousands of veterinary and animal care professionals from across the country and beyond: Hundreds of hours of cutting-edge education in a wide range of practice areas, the chance to learn from and connect with world-renowned experts, social and networking opportunities galore, and plenty of innovative new products in the Exhibit Hall. But in today's world, bringing together that many people in one place is not only unthinkable, it's a violation of state health orders. Enter the 2021 Virtual MVC.  In this episode, host Mia Cunningham chats with OVMA Executive Director Jack Advent and Communications & Technology Director Krysten Bennett about the OVMA's annual conference, which for the first time ever, is going online in February 2021. Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks?! More information and show notes available at www.fullyvettedpodcast.com. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/fully-vetted/message
Animal cruelty: It's something no veterinarian wants to see but inevitably will at some point. That's why it's so important to learn how to recognize an abused animal and how to handle such a case before it shows up at your clinic. In this episode, Dr. Allison Lash shares some common red flags of abuse, how to report abuse, and why it's so important to speak up even if you're not 100% sure. More information and show notes available at www.fullyvettedpodcast.com. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/fully-vetted/message
Though OVMA's decision to pivot its annual Midwest Veterinary Conference to a web-based platform was unlikely to surprise anyone, there are still many unknowns about the 2021 convention. In this episode, get a preview of what to expect at the first-ever virtual MVC as OVMA Executive Director Jack Advent and Mia discuss plans so far.  In part two, Krysten introduces FVP listeners to OVMA's new Government Relations Director, Michael Guastella. More information and show notes available at www.fullyvettedpodcast.com. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/fully-vetted/message
As the old adage goes, you should never talk about politics at the dinner table—or should you? In this final installment to our DEI series, we discuss the sticky subject of dealing with racism from friends and family members. This is a must-listen episode for anyone who wants to learn how to better handle difficult conversations. Though the conversation centers around race, Dr. Cary’s techniques can be applied to other personal and professional situations. More information, show notes, and links to all resources mentioned in this episode are available at http://www.fullyvettedpodcast.com/episodes/. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/fully-vetted/message
In the final installment to our DEI series, we discuss the sticky subject of handling racism from friends and family members. Tune in on Monday for the full conversation! Missed an episode? Catch up on our DEI series. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/fully-vetted/message
Educating your staff about racism and setting practice policies around diversity, equity, and inclusion as an employer—that's one thing. But educating family and friends in a personal setting? That's something else entirely. How do you broach the subject? Do you need to prepare? What if someone doesn't want to participate, or an argument ensues? In this episode, part three of our Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion in Veterinary Medicine series, Dr. Mia Cary returns to offer advice on how to host productive conversations around race and racism with family and friends—and why it's so important to do so. More information, show notes, and links to all resources mentioned in this episode are available at http://www.fullyvettedpodcast.com/episodes/. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/fully-vetted/message
In the next episode, we continue our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion series with Dr. Mia Cary. Join us on Monday to learn how to have open and productive conversations about race with family and friends.  Missed an episode? Catch up on our DEI series. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/fully-vetted/message
Veterinary professionals are no strangers to burnout. With so many demands on your time and attention, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. There’s hope! All you need is to get organized. But where do you start? In this episode, Mia is joined by fourth-year OSU CVM student Becca Makii, who has fine-tuned a process for managing the demands of school, work, extracurriculars, and personal commitments—while still finding time for self-care. Listen in as she shares simple ways to stay on top of everyday responsibilities, explains the skewed perspective that holds many people back from reaching their goals, and discusses the most important step of the process. More information and show notes available at www.fullyvettedpodcast.com. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/fully-vetted/message
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