190 episodes

Weekly podcast dedicated to "tackling the toughest topics in veterinary medicine." Hosted by veterinarian Dr. Ernie Ward and registered veterinary technician Beckie Mossor. Candid, irreverent, provocative, educational, and occasionally funny conversations about issues that impact the veterinary profession.

Veterinary Viewfinder Podcast Dr. Ernie Ward & Beckie Mossor, RVT

    • Pets & Animals
    • 3.8, 4 Ratings

Weekly podcast dedicated to "tackling the toughest topics in veterinary medicine." Hosted by veterinarian Dr. Ernie Ward and registered veterinary technician Beckie Mossor. Candid, irreverent, provocative, educational, and occasionally funny conversations about issues that impact the veterinary profession.

    Pre-Pet Parenting for the COVID Generation (and Estate Planning, Too)

    Pre-Pet Parenting for the COVID Generation (and Estate Planning, Too)

    Millions of pets have been fostered, adopted, or somehow wiggled their way into innumerable homes and hearts around the country (and the world). How can veterinary professionals help this new generation of pet parents make the right pet care decisions when they’re still “Pre-Pet Parents?”

    Hosts Dr. Ernie Ward and Beckie Mossor, RVT go over some simple and effective ways any veterinary practice can begin helping current or prospective clients make the best decisions on the right species, breed, size, and age for their next pet family member.

    The duo discuss a variety of online tools, blog and social media posts, and team efforts to make sure the veterinary voice is heard out in the “very big World Wide Web.”

    The pair also discuss what happens to pets if an owner passes away (young or old, expected or not) and learn what Dr. Ward believes veterinary professional organizations and corporate veterinary practices should be doing to help pet parents with pet estate planning and how these steps and tools could potentially encourage more pet parents.

    This is a wide-ranging conversation with plenty of real-world practical tips.

    Viewfinders, we hope you enjoy this “Coronavirus-free” episode and are staying safe!

    • 26 min
    Gut Health with Microbiome Expert Dr. Holly Ganz

    Gut Health with Microbiome Expert Dr. Holly Ganz

    The gut microbiome has been intensely studied for the past 20 years, yet we’re only now beginning to understand it’s impact on overall health.

    This week we have one of the top researchers in the animal microbiome, Dr. Holly Ganz from Animal Biome in Berkeley, California.

    Dr. Ganz shares her story of her 20 years researching the gut microbiome, her development of “poo pills” to treat a variety of intestinal and digestive disorders, and her own story of overcoming breast cancer.

    Hosts Dr. Ernie Ward and Beckie Mossor, RVT “take a seat” to discuss some of the “poopular” myths about the microbiome, their love of “poo cocktails” and “poo slurries,” and why they wish more veterinary professionals would “spin down the poo.” Enough already with the poo puns.

    Viewfinders, what do you think about “poo pills,” probiotics, and dietary fiber? Are you researching the influence the gut bacteria have on overall health and behavior? Definitely share this with your favorite “veterinary poofessional.” Sorry.

    Stay safe out there, Viewfinders! See you next week!

    • 29 min
    Resilience for Veterinary Professionals with Dr. Sarah Wooten

    Resilience for Veterinary Professionals with Dr. Sarah Wooten

    Resilience: “the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness.” But what does it mean for veterinary professionals?

    This week we’re joined again with Dr. Sarah Wooten to discuss the topic of bouncing back from failure and confronting stress in practice. Developing and nurturing our resilience seems even more essential these days.

    Hosts Dr. Ernie Ward and Beckie Mossor, RVT get real with the stress most veterinary professionals face each day. The trio offer examples and solutions that will benefit any team or individual.

    This is an uplifting, authentic, and practical conversation about how we can all achieve more calmness and clarity in our lives.

    Please share this podcast with a colleague, co-worker, or friend who needs a little shot of positivity this week!

    Thanks for listening, Viewfinders, and stay safe!

    • 34 min
    Black Lives Matter - How to be a Good Ally

    Black Lives Matter - How to be a Good Ally

    This week we’re handing over our mic for an important message from Ahsante the Artist on “How to be a Good Ally - Identity, Privilege, Resistance.” Although this presentation was originally published on YouTube in August 2017, we think its message is particularly meaningful today.

    You can watch her powerful video here: https://youtu.be/q7ElX4GFQpI and visit her website here: https://www.ahsantetheartist.com/

    We also encourage you to visit the Black DVM Network at https://www.blackdvmnetwork.com/ and follow them on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/blackdvmnetwork/ They’re doing amazing - and essential - work to help bring more diversity into the veterinary profession.

    • 8 min
    Could Anivive's FIP Drug Treat COVID-19? Drs. Dave Bruyette, Chad Dodd, and CEO Dylan Balsz

    Could Anivive's FIP Drug Treat COVID-19? Drs. Dave Bruyette, Chad Dodd, and CEO Dylan Balsz

    Could an experimental Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP) drug be the secret to treating human COVID-19?

    This week we’re thrilled to bring you an exclusive interview with the California-based Anivive Lifesciences team to discuss their recent FDA submittal to use their experimental FIP drug on human coronavirus patients.

    Anivive’s Founder & CEO, Mr. Dylan Balsz joins us along with Dr. David Bruyette, Chief Medical Officer, and Dr. Chad Dodd, Chief Commercial Officer to share their exciting story.

    Hosts Dr. Ernie Ward and Beckie Mossor, RVT learn about how a companion animal drug company’s deep research and experience with coronaviruses is helping develop an advanced treatment for humans suffering from COVID-19.

    This conversation emphasizes the importance of the One Health concept, how veterinarians are uniquely poised to tackle pandemics, and the exciting prospects for using software to accelerate biotechnologies and usher in medical breakthroughs for both humans and animals.
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    And Dr. Dave Bruyette. Anytime you have the chance to learn from Dr. Bruyette, don't pass it up!

    For more information, visit  https://www.anivive.com/

    • 35 min
    Post-Pandemic Pet Problems: How to avoid missing socialization, immunization, and essential veterinary care in the Pandemic Pet Generation

    Post-Pandemic Pet Problems: How to avoid missing socialization, immunization, and essential veterinary care in the Pandemic Pet Generation

    As people begin to return to work and resume the “new normal” of daily life, many veterinary professionals worry if we are communicating adequately with millions of new “pandemic pet parents.”

    This week, hosts Dr. Ernie Ward and Beckie Mossor, RVT tackle the topics of how to ensure pet parents don’t miss essential veterinary care and services, socialization and training tips, and how to stay connected with your team during these stressful times.

    The pair share stories from veterinary clinics around the country (good and not so good), offer advice on conducting online puppy socialization classes, tips for hosting Pandemic Pet Parent live webinars and “pawty’s,” and why you should offer dog training programs during this time.

    The hosts also discuss the importance of paying close attention to the emotions of your team during the recovery period. Dr. Ward shares a recent story of the disconnect between a veterinary practice owner’s cheerful assessment of team morale and the harsh reality presented by the Practice Manager. Beckie provides guidance on creating a workplace where staff members can feel safe discussing their true feelings and concerns.

    This is a wide-ranging an inspirational conversation packed with practical advice for any general veterinary practice.

    Stay safe, Viewfinders and share this podcast with a friend who could use it!

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

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4 Ratings

4 Ratings

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Conversational and engaging

Interesting take on life in veterinary practice, discussing important realities.

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