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Author: Texas Veterinary Medical Association

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Veterinary Vitals is a show produced by the Texas Veterinary Medical Association that examines the veterinary industry, explores the experiences of veterinary professionals and offers advice for navigating the evolving profession.
76 Episodes
In this episode, we hear a preview of the February issue of Texas Veterinarian magazine. Can the State Turn the Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners Around? by Steve Levine reveals historical challenges at the TBVME and the agency's wake up call for big change.After the reading, we catch up with Trent Hightower, TVMA's General Counsel and Director of Government Relations, to hear his thoughts on the proposed changes.Support the show
New executive director of TBVME, Brittany Sharkey, JD, discusses steps the agency is taking to better service Texas veterinarians and the industry.Support the show
Dr. Heidi Lobprise graduated from Texas A & M University in 1983 and became a board certified veterinary dentist in 1993. In 2003, she joined the Veterinary Specialty Team of Pfizer Animal Health, and in 2010, she became the Senior Technical Manager for Virbac Corporation. She helped organize, and was the first president of, the International Veterinary Senior Care Society, whose mission is to provide resources targeting the complete health care needs of senior pets to the veterinarian, their team, and clients. Support the show
In this episode of Veterinary Vitals, we hear from Trent Hightower, General Counsel and Director of Legislative Affairs at TVMA about upcoming legislation that impacts the veterinary profession.Support the show
Today on Veterinary Vitals, I speak with Dr. Robert Valeris-Chacin, assistant professor at Texas A&M School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Valeris-Chacin was recently awarded a $100,000 grant through Texas A&M AgriLife Research from the USDA-NIFA Animal Health and Disease Research Capacity Program. The grant will be used to research associated pathogens of Bovine Respiratory Disease (BRD).Support the show
Season 4 Premiere: In order to bring you more quality episodes about what’s happening in Texas veterinary medicine, we’re offering you a sneak peak into TVMA members’ exclusive benefit, Texas Veterinarian magazine. Each month, we'll select an article from the magazine to share with you as a reading on the podcast. Starting with this article from Dr. John August, the Carl B. King Dean of the Texas A&M University School of Veterinary Medicine, entitled “Veterinary Research in the Texas Panhandle”.Support the show
In this episode, we hear from Tina Garcia, CMM, CMP, the Executive Director of Southwest Veterinary Symposium, on what attendees can look forward to at the event this year. SWVS is in Fort Worth this year, September 22nd - 25th. Support the show
Raquel Leal, LPC, program director at Professional Recovery Network (PRN), shares what they can do to help veterinarians with mental health or addiction issues. It’s a nationally recognized peer assistance program dedicated to helping health care professionals enter a safe, healthy recovery.Visit for information on how to use this TVMA member benefit! Additional mental health resources for veterinarians are available at the show
This episode, we hear from Dr. Tom Nelson, the Medical Director at Animal Medical Center of N.E. Alabama on heartworm prevention. Dr. Nelson comes very highly recommended for this topic from those in the TVMA network. Dr. Nelson graduated from Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine with his DVM in 1979. Dr. Nelson is considered a pioneer for his clinical work in the study of heartworm disease in cats. Listen as Dr. Nelson shares what veterinarians need to be reminded of with heartworm prevention and treatment. Support the show
Dr. Katie Eick shares her career story from owning a private practice to starting a mobile clinic. Listen as she encourages veterinarians to find their own path in the profession.Support the show
In this episode, Dr. Melinda Merck talks about the signs of animal cruelty. Dr. Merck provides expert consultations and case work on a variety of animal related cases, including criminal and civil cases. She has training and experience in a wide range of crime scene and forensic science topics. She provides expert case review including veterinary reports, investigation findings and crime scene analyses. Support the show
We hear from Dr. Shanti Jha, the Chief of Surgery at Pet Specialists of Austin and the National Surgery Director at Thrive Pet Healthcare.  Dr. Jha shares about barriers affecting accessibility to veterinary care. This is a very important topic because in 2016, the AVMA reported that nearly 21% of dog-owners and 52% of cat-owners didn’t take their pet to the vet at all. So what can the veterinary profession do to promote greater access to care? Listen now and find out!Support the show
In this episode, we hear from two representatives from the Texas House on their campaigns for the upcoming election, Drs. Glenn Rogers and Lynn Stucky. These two representatives are running for different seats; Dr. Rogers for District 60 and Dr. Stucky for District 64.Election Day is March 1st, and if you’re in districts 60 or 64, be sure to support your fellow veterinarians. See if you’re registered to vote and find your nearest polling place at Support the show
Dr. Caitlin Conner shares her experience in the 2019 TVMA Power of 10 Class. Back for 2022, the leadership program will provide ten veterinarians with six leadership development sessions over a nine-month period. The program was previously limited to recent graduates, but is now open to veterinarians during any stage of their career. Participants will hear from topic experts in sessions that not only convey the key learning points about leadership, but also deepen the understanding of class members on a number of related topics. Participants will receive full tuition scholarships to the program – plus complimentary registration to the TVMA Annual Conference, where Power of 10 Leadership Program graduates will be recognized. To join the 2022 P10 Program, apply at the show
It’s time to meet IN-PERSON once again. We can’t wait to bring the entire veterinary community together at the hottest meeting venue in Texas, Kalahari Resort in Round Rock for the 2022 TVMA Annual Conference & Expo! We are talking some serious ‘get away’ time where you can grow professionally and provide your family a mini-vacay!Register here: the show
Announcing the next TVMA Executive Director, Troy Alexander. Mr. Alexander has been involved with Texas politics since 1989. He has served bipartisan efforts in the Texas Legislature, worked as a senior executive in a state agency and with private associations. He comes to TVMA from Texas Medical Association (TMA) where he served as the Director for Legislative Affairs. In this role, he helped develop political strategy and was the lead advocate on a wide array of public health, ethics, privacy, health information technology, and tax issues. He returned to TMA in late 2010 after previously serving from 1999-2003 as Director of Political Education. In that capacity, he was responsible for TEXPAC, one of the largest political action committees in the state and nation. Immediately prior to returning to TMA, Mr. Alexander served as the Director of the Center for Program Coordination, Policy and Innovation at the Texas Department of State Health Services. He led a staff of policy analysts and program specialists who tackled cross divisional policy concerns, implementation of 2010 federal health care reform and staffed the gubernatorially appointed DSHS Council. Prior to DSHS, he served as Senior Policy Analyst for Health and Human Services for the Texas Speaker of the House of Representatives.  Mr. Alexander will begin his service as TVMA’s Executive Director on March 7th.Support the show
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In the final episode of 2021, Drs. Lori Teller and Lauren Boyer discuss the impact TVMA committees have on the association and the profession as a whole.Support the show
In this episode of Veterinary Vitals, we speak with key TVMA staffers on the continuing education they have lined up over the next 4 months. Learn about new course credits, topics and speakers that might be coming to a city near you!Support the show
Meet TVMA's newest hire, Trent Hightower, JD, and learn about what motivates, inspires and challenges him in the legal profession. Support the show
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