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Cat Robinson, veterinary nurse and co-owner of Ready Vet, brings you Radio Vet Nurse. Each episode you'll hear from a different vet nurse about their personal experiences in life and in vet nursing.

Vet nursing is definitely not an easy job. It can be physically, mentally and emotionally demanding. And yet, for most of us, we absolutely love it. We're passionate about what we do. So, when it comes to vet nurses, who are we? How do we achieve greatness in our work? What brings us together as a group, and what sets us apart from other people?

Radio Vet Nurse is our way to start a dialogue around these questions and to create a space where we can tell our story.

Radio Vet Nurse Cat Robinson

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Cat Robinson, veterinary nurse and co-owner of Ready Vet, brings you Radio Vet Nurse. Each episode you'll hear from a different vet nurse about their personal experiences in life and in vet nursing.

Vet nursing is definitely not an easy job. It can be physically, mentally and emotionally demanding. And yet, for most of us, we absolutely love it. We're passionate about what we do. So, when it comes to vet nurses, who are we? How do we achieve greatness in our work? What brings us together as a group, and what sets us apart from other people?

Radio Vet Nurse is our way to start a dialogue around these questions and to create a space where we can tell our story.

    Sophie - Shelter Medicine

    Sophie - Shelter Medicine

    In this episode I caught up with Sophie to talk about her experience working in shelter medicine. Sophie worked as head nurse at the RSPCA and was kind enough to share some eloquent and considered thoughts on the shelter environment, behaviour, and enrichment.

    The shelter environment is a crazy one and really different to general practice. Nurses and technicians working in this area have an extremely high volume of patients passing through their care, each needing extra love and TLC since they're not at that stage rehomed with a family. Despite this high-level care-giving, and Sophie's work with the RSPCA inspectors and exposure to cruelty cases, she paints a really positive picture of nursing within this niche.

    It was a pleasure catching up with Sophie and this episode is a must-listen for anyone who has ever wondered about working in the shelter environment.

    · Sophie's favourite podcast is No Such Thing as a Fish.
    · She is studying the Advanced Certificate in Feline Behaviour with the ISFM.

    • 1 Std. 30 Min.
    Gary - University Vet Tech

    Gary - University Vet Tech

    In this episode I caught up with super-motivated and wildlife-mad veterinary technician, Gary. What started as a childhood love of catching snakes and reptiles has been refined into Gary's niche as a small animal anaesthesia enthusiast with a special interest in wildlife and exotics.

    Gary is the Nurse Manager at the University of Queensland's Veterinary Medical Centre. In addition to leading the nursing team he also lectures students within the Vet Science and Vet Tech degrees, and teaches them on the floor at the hospital. As a speaker and presenter Gary is a regular on the Australian and international conference circuits and he's also been published in his interest areas of nursing snake and reptile patients.

    As a technician and a contributor to our industry Gary lives in that extra 20-30% where above and beyond happens. His work ethic shows how going above and beyond can result in amazing opportunities, and Gary definitely makes the most of all of them.

    • 1 Std. 31 Min.
    Nicole LaForest - Badass Women

    Nicole LaForest - Badass Women

    In this episode I caught up with Nicole LaForest who you might know on Insta as @veterinarytechnicians. Nicole has achieved an incredible amount in a short amount of time. She graduated high school early and in her junior and senior years was already studying college subjects. Not long after finishing high school Nicole had a degree in cognitive psychology, and has since obtained a degree in human healthcare management and associate degrees in veterinary technology and music.

    Nicole was a qualified veterinary technician managing an ER practice at 22, and at 27 now co-owns an ambulatory practice with her husband, and lectures and campaigns around the world. Nicole's practice is 100% surgery, almost all orthopaedic, with some really cool regenerative medicine and complex soft tissue cases too. If you're not already following her on Insta I highly recommend tuning in to see all the cutting edge surgeries, toys, and cases.

    Aside from her skills and knowledge Nicole is well known in our industry for her humour and candour. She didn't disappoint on any of those fronts - I hope you enjoy our chat as much as I did.

    We discussed:
    · Nicole's Instagram page @veterinarytechnicians
    · Nicole's practice https://www.jeffmayodvm.com/
    · An episode of his American Life called "In Defense of Ignorance" https://www.thisamericanlife.org/585/in-defense-of-ignorance

    • 1 Std. 35 Min.
    Serena Dean - Behaviour Guru

    Serena Dean - Behaviour Guru

    In this episode I caught up with behaviour guru Serena Dean. Serena's career in the veterinary industry spans almost 20 years. She's worked in many different capacities including as a senior veterinary nurse in both emergency and general practice, education and training positions, and other leadership and management roles.

    Serena designed and implemented The Best Behaviour Program for Greencross and currently creates content as a speaker and guest lecturer for multiple industry groups. She is the Managing Director of Stress Free Pets; an animal handling education program for vets and vet nurses.

    Serena is a self-confessed continuing education and study addict armed with an MBA, a degree in veterinary technology, and certificates in veterinary nursing, and training and assessment. She is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to behaviour and also a great example of why we should dream big and make those dreams a reality.

    Serena has been listening to these podcasts:
    · Australian Birth Stories and other parenting podcasts.
    · Coffee Pods with Holly Ransom.
    · Hamish and Andy.
    · Ted Talks.

    We also discussed Serena's businesses:
    · Stress Free Pets - online animal handling and behaviour certification and clinic accreditation.
    · The Puppy Club - online Puppy School course and professional network with access to a library of 'white label' puppy school resources, including client handouts.

    • 1 Std. 29 Min.
    Amy Newfield - Assuming Good Intention

    Amy Newfield - Assuming Good Intention

    In this episode I interviewed someone who I really admire. When I was at the VNCA conference in 2015 Amy Newfield was the international key note speaker. After her first lecture I was hooked, and went to all them. Her energy and knowledge really fueled the vet nurse in me and I was inspired to make a lot of positive changes back at Ready Vet.

    Amy is a Veterinary Technician Specialist in Emergency and Critical Care and a project manager for Blue Pearl. She's mainly focused on large scale training initiatives but also has some really interesting involvement with the social worker team there.

    My impression of Amy from 2015 was of a vet tech with incredible medical knowledge and practical skills. And that she definitely is. But, what I now know about Amy is that she is also really passionate about soft skills like how to be part of a healthy team, and ways to harness our compassion in the face of adversity. This other dimension of Amy was just another thing to love, and I'm now more of a fan girl than ever.

    • 1 Std. 26 Min.
    Ricki - Nursing with Hustle

    Ricki - Nursing with Hustle

    In this episode I caught up with one of the most positive and energetic veterinary nurses, Ricki. Ricki started her nursing career in general practice in Albury before moving to the sunshine coast to work at Australia Zoo with the bird show team. Ricki was the head bird trainer at Australia Zoo and performed in the show daily. Eventually Ricki's love for connecting with people brought her back into general veterinary practice, and she now works in what has got to be one of the most beautiful beach-side locations in Australia.

    I was initially drawn to Ricki because of her experience at Australia Zoo, but as I learned more about her I realised that this was just tip of the iceberg. Ricki's vet nursing story is interesting because of the way she combines her nursing career with her side hustle. I'm all about the hustle. Her ability to balance these two great passions keeps her feeling enthusiastic about everything she does. It's worth serious consideration for anyone feeling like they need better balance, greater financial security, or even just a way to feel refreshed in their nursing.

    Ricki's boundless energy, positivity and laughter made her a pleasure to meet and interview. I hope she leaves you feeling inspired.

    Ricki and I discussed:
    · Gunnah fit https://www.gunnahfit.com.au/
    · Ricki on Insta https://www.instagram.com/ricki.baker/
    · Noosa village vets https://www.noosavillagevet.com.au/

    • 1 Std. 29 Min.

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