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The Veterinary Innovation Podcast covers the most interesting, exciting, and controversial topics in the industry today. Veterinary technology entrepreneurs Shawn Wilkie and Dr. Ivan Zakharenkov chat with industry leaders and innovators about the biggest challenges they’re facing - and how they’re overcoming them.
204 Episodes
Veterinary staff in 2021 experienced a higher level of burnout than in 2020. How might we be able to address burnout? This week, Shawn & Ivan discuss the results of the 2021 burnout survey performed by Veterinary Integration Solutions & Galaxy Vets. Shawn recommends Man's Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl ( Ivan recommends The Art of Impossible by Steven Kotler ( & The Founder's Mentality by Chris Zook & James Allen ( The survey results are available at
Burnout is a longstanding issue in the veterinary industry, and while its levels have returned to where they were pre-pandemic, there is still a long way to go to address it. This week, Shawn & Ivan discuss the results of Galaxy Vets' New Burnout Study. Learn more at  
There are many advantages to becoming a practice owner, though veterinarians may not see it as a viable career path. This week, Shawn & Ivan speak with Dr. Keith True of True Vet Potential about taking control of your career through practice ownership.   Keith recommends ReThinking with Adam Grant with Emmanuel Acho ( Learn more about Keith at
Synchronous communication occurs when two people speak to each other at the same time. Why might asynchronous communication be more effective? This week, Shawn & Ivan speak with Dr. Oliver Viner of Digital Practice about asynchronous client communication.   Oliver recommends The Lex Friedman Podcast with Sam Altman ( Learn more about Oliver at
Veterinary care is expensive, and these financial barriers often get in the way of owners being able to get their pets the care they need. This week, Shawn & Ivan speak with Dr. Robert Parkins of myBalto about the increasing cost of veterinary care.   Robert recommends How to F*ck Up Your Startup by Kim Hvidkjaer ( Learn more about Robert at
What do veterinary startup owners need to know about securing funding, and why should they consider angel investment? This week, Shawn & Ivan speak with Dr. Natalie Marks of the Veterinary Angel Network about angel investment in veterinary startups. Natalie recommends The Woman with the Blue Star by Pam Jenoff ( Learn more about Natalie at
Oncologists are some of the most difficult specialists for veterinarians to access. How can that access be improved? This week, Shawn & Ivan speak with Dr. M.J. Hamilton of Private Veterinary Specialties about mobile oncology. Learn more about M.J. at,, &
How can veterinarians who are used to the structured goals veterinary school offers create their own goals and live the lives they want? This week, Shawn & Ivan speak with Dr. Michael Bugg of The Veterinary Project Podcast about intentional living. Learn more about Michael at
Veterinary talent is in high demand, and misalignment between people and their potential employers results in a waste of time and energy for both. This week, Shawn & Ivan speak with Paul Diaz of Offer First about the future of veterinary recruiting. Paul recommends The Go-Giver by Bob Burg & John David Mann ( Learn more about Offer First at
Obtaining proof of vaccination is an everyday problem and a disjointed process, frustrating veterinarians, pet parents, and the companies that rely on access to this data. This week, Shawn & Ivan speak with David Servodidio, co-founder at VetVerifi, about why such a common problem hasn’t been solved and why the timing is right to reimagine a better solution.  Interview with Chris Redhage, Co-Owner of Nashville Soccer Club (MLS): Learn more about David at
Independent clinics don't have the resources available to them that consolidator-owned clinics have. How can we connect them with these resources? This week, Shawn & Ivan speak with Dr. Ira Gordon of Vetcelerator about support for independent practices. Ira recommends Finding Confidence in Conflict (, Negotiate Anything (, & How to Have Difficult Conversations About Race ( by Kwame Christian. Learn more about Ira at
Dental and anesthetic forms are important documents for any practice, though they are also often messy and time-consuming. This week, Shawn & Ivan speak with Dr. Gonzalo Erdozain of Scout about digital dental and anesthetic forms. Gonzao recommends The Lean Startup by Eric Ries ( Learn more about Gonzalo at
People will always need access to veterinary care, even in times of war and natural disaster. How can we help them receive it? This week, Shawn & Ivan speak with Dr. Andrew Ciccolini of Galaxy Vets about telehealth for disaster response. Andrew recommends The Mission, the Men, and Me by Pete Blaber ( Learn more about Andrew at
Proper preventive care allows pets to live happy and healthy lives while ensuring that they don't often need to visit a veterinary clinic. This week, Shawn & Ivan speak with Rakesh Tondon of Dr. Treat about preventive care. Rakesh recommends Unreasonable Hospitality by Will Guidara ( & Simon Sinek's YouTube channel ( Learn more about Rakesh at
Having a solid IT infrastructure is critical to the success of every veterinary hospital, though it is often an afterthought. This week, Shawn & Ivan speak with Baran Schultz of Shultz Technology about managed services for veterinary clinics. Baran recommends The Liberator by Alex Kershaw ( Learn more about Baran at
Collaboration in veterinary care not only leads to better outcomes for pets, but stronger relationships between different disciplines. This week, Shawn & Ivan speak with Dr. Elizabeth Maxwell of the Collaborative Care Coalition about collaborative care. Elizabeth recommends the works of Simon Sinek ( Learn more about Elizabeth at
Cats have traditionally received far less attention from the veterinary health market than dogs. How can we better support them? This week, Shawn & Ivan speak with Susan Groeneveld of Sylvester AI about artificial intelligence in animal health. Susan recommends How to Speak Whale by Tom Mustill ( Learn more about Susan at Reach out to Susan at
Many veterinary clinics do not market themselves efficiently. How can they better leverage their websites and marketing budgets to attract more clients? This week, Shawn & Ivan speak with Adam Greenbaum of WhiskerCloud about veterinary clinic marketing. Adam recommends How AI Could Empower Any Business by Andrew Ng ( Learn more about Adam at
How might the veterinary industry be able to meet the demand for services without relying on more health care professionals? This week, Shawn & Ivan speak with Dr. Peter Brown of Cara Veterinary about hospitality skills in veterinary clinics. Peter recommends Master Mentors by Scott Jeffrey Miller ( Learn more about Peter at
The veterinarian shortage is having a huge impact on the industry. How do we encourage young adults interested in becoming veterinarians? This week, Shawn & Ivan speak with Dr. Turnera Croom of Steadfast International about mentoring future veterinarians. Turnera recommends The E-Myth Manager by Michael E. Gerber ( Information about her virtual Pre-Veterinary Mentorship program and ways to contribute can be found at
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