85 episodes

Welcome to Smashing The Ceiling, the podcast where we love to showcase the lives of women who have achieved amazing things in their careers, some who have got a really cool or unusual job, and some who have just had a very interesting life.

Each week I sit down with one woman to dig a little deeper into the HOW of it all - how did they get where they are, how they picked themselves up when things didn’t go right, and how their mentors, motivations and mistakes have led them to achieve the things they have.

Smashing The Ceiling Naomi Mellor

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    • 5.0, 15 Ratings

Welcome to Smashing The Ceiling, the podcast where we love to showcase the lives of women who have achieved amazing things in their careers, some who have got a really cool or unusual job, and some who have just had a very interesting life.

Each week I sit down with one woman to dig a little deeper into the HOW of it all - how did they get where they are, how they picked themselves up when things didn’t go right, and how their mentors, motivations and mistakes have led them to achieve the things they have.

    BONUS - Kerrie Hedley on women in veterinary leadership

    BONUS - Kerrie Hedley on women in veterinary leadership

    Today’s episode is a special collaboration for Smashing The Ceiling, as I’ve produced this conversation in partnership with Veterinary Woman, a platform to help and inspire women to develop the confidence to overcome challenges and follow their passions. They want to encourage women to be at the forefront of clinical practice, specialisation, professional bodies, corporates, education, research, industry, government - to have female leaders in every area of veterinary influence.
    And so my special guest today is a women who embodies all the qualities that both Veterinary Woman and Smashing The Ceiling love to share with others.
    Kerrie Hedley is now the chief operating officer of XL Vets, reaching executive level after only 4 years at the company. Kerrie graduated from the RVC in 2011 and started in equine practice in the North East. As you’ll hear, she developed a love of business quite early and has since completed both a certificate in Veterinary Business Management and an MBA during her career so far. Her MBA dissertation was on women in veterinary leadership, and we talk quite a lot about this later in the episode, particularly the facilitators and barriers to women progressing in the profession.
    It was such a joy to talk to Kerrie - she is very humble about her progress but the reality she is that she has a big job and she is now using her position to lift up others women in the profession, which is really what it’s all about. 

    • 40 min
    82. Borborygmi - Navaratnam Partheeban and Libby Kemkaren-Thompson

    82. Borborygmi - Navaratnam Partheeban and Libby Kemkaren-Thompson

    Today is the final episode of Borborygmi for this season and we’re ending with a conversation on diversity and racism in the veterinary profession. This may be uncomfortable listening for some of you. You may roll your eyes and say ‘This is pointless. I’m not a racist. I’m tired of hearing about Black Lives Matter. It isn’t relevant to me”. Imagine how tired people of colour are at this point in time, having to constantly justify themselves and their place in Great Britain. To deny the existence of racism  in the veterinary world is to deny the lived experience of the all-too-few people of colour that work alongside us.
    My guests today discussing this are Navaratnam Partheeban and Libby Kemkaren-Thompson and I want to thank them both sincerely for their patience in this chat. This is a challenging issue, but those of us who have the privilege of being white must challenge ourselves, educate ourselves, and work alongside people of colour to create real and meaningful change. 
    Useful links:
    BVEDS Website: https://bveds.com 
    BVEDS Twitter: https://twitter.com/bveds2016 
    BVEDS Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BritishVEDS/ 
    Books and podcasts:
    https://dauntbooks.co.uk/shop/books/why-im-no-longer-talking-to-white-people-about-race/ 
    https://dauntbooks.co.uk/shop/books/the-good-immigrant/ 
    https://dauntbooks.co.uk/shop/books/small-island/ 
    https://dauntbooks.co.uk/shop/books/natives-race-and-class-in-the-ruins-of-empire/ 
    https://www.aboutracepodcast.com 
     

    • 37 min
    81. Borborygmi - James Greenwood and Sophie Walsh

    81. Borborygmi - James Greenwood and Sophie Walsh

    This is the last of our episodes recorded at last year's London Vet Show (sad!) but before the Show closed its doors and they brought our podcast booth down around our ears, Sophie managed to drag her pal James Greenwood into the podcave for a debrief about diversification. You’ll mostly be hearing the distracted garblings of two excitable friends fresh from picking up free pens in the breaks between lectures, but hopefully - amid the chatter - for those feeling as though they would like to explore other avenues, particularly in media, this may help to reassure you that your vet degree can be useful in a wide range of work environments. 
    Borborygmi is a collaboration between the London Vet Show, Vet Times, Vets:Stay Go Diversify and Smashing The Ceiling. Thank you to everyone involved for your help and support, it has been much appreciated.
    Tickets for this year's London Vet Show are now on sale and if you'd like to attend, you can get a generous little discount from our friends at the Vet Show by using the link https://london.vetshow.com/borborygmi-booking with the code LVS20. See you there!
    Music: "Carefree" by Kevin MacLeod
    Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3476-carefree 
    License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ 

    • 17 min
    80. COVID Special - Liz Bode and Scott Kilpatrick

    80. COVID Special - Liz Bode and Scott Kilpatrick

    I absolutely loved these two! This was a delight of a conversation with a lot of laughs and I'm so pleased that we made it happen - I should probably add that Liz was 39 weeks pregnant at the time of recording...
    Liz Bode is a veterinary cardiology specialist - our second one featured in the COVID specials, who’d have thought it - who works at ChesterGates Veterinary Specialists in Cheshire. Scott Kilpatrick is a specialist in small animal internal medicine and was recently appointed head of medicine at Wear Referrals in the north east. In tandem with with their other halves, Andy and Sean, Liz and Scott are also both co-directors of the Veterinary Thought Exchange, a new CPD company that they recently founded. Here they discuss running a startup, how the business came about and the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on their professional and personal lives.   
    VTX are most active on Instagram and you can find them here.

    Borborygmi is a collaboration between the London Vet Show, Vet Times, Vets:Stay Go Diversify and Smashing The Ceiling. Thank you to everyone involved for your help and support, it has been much appreciated.
    Tickets for this year's London Vet Show are now on sale and the plan is still very much for it to go ahead. Book tickets using the link https://london.vetshow.com/borborygmi-booking with the code LVS20 for a 10% discount. 
    Music: "Carefree" by Kevin MacLeod
    Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3476-carefree 
    License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ 
     
     

    • 14 min
    79. Borborygmi - Jessi Benn and Nat Scroggie

    79. Borborygmi - Jessi Benn and Nat Scroggie

    This week we are talking side hustles, and today's conversation on Borborygmi features two friends, Jessi Benn and Nat Scroggie, who discussed a little about what it’s like to take risks in your career as a vet. They’ve both been in practice for a few years, and are now exploring what avenues they’d like to pursue within the veterinary profession and beyond, and are both combining locuming with side hustles and other projects. Nat loves running and is combining blogging with her clinical career, whilst Jessi talks about how career coaching has encouraged her no end!
    Borborygmi is a collaboration between the London Vet Show, Vet Times, Vets:Stay Go Diversify and Smashing The Ceiling. Thank you to everyone involved for your help and support, it has been much appreciated!
    Tickets for this year's London Vet Show are now on sale and if you'd like to attend, you can get a generous little discount from our friends at the Vet Show by using the link https://london.vetshow.com/borborygmi-booking with the code LVS20. See you there!
    Music: "Carefree" by Kevin MacLeod
    Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3476-carefree 
    License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
     

    • 11 min
    78. COVID Special - Jessica Kania and Dawn Garvey

    78. COVID Special - Jessica Kania and Dawn Garvey

    We are so thrilled that today we’ve got our first international guests on Borborygmi! A little milestone for the pod. Naomi’s guests today are Jessia Kania and Dawn Garvey, both veterinarians in small animal practice in Illinois, outside of Chicago. Jessica graduated in 2017 and Dawn in 2009, and they are former colleagues and good friends. In this chat they talk about life in the USA with the shelter in place order, and some of the financial pressures that COVID has brought to their practices.
    Borborygmi is a collaboration between the London Vet Show, Vet Times, Vets:Stay Go Diversify and Smashing The Ceiling. Thank you to everyone involved for your help and support, it has been much appreciated.
    Tickets for this year's London Vet Show are now on sale and the plan is still very much for it to go ahead. Book tickets using the link https://london.vetshow.com/borborygmi-booking with the code LVS20 for a 10% discount. 
    Music: "Carefree" by Kevin MacLeod
    Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3476-carefree 
    License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ 
     
     

    • 14 min

Customer Reviews

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15 Ratings

15 Ratings

Josephine Anselin ,

Inspiring and informative

I have recently started listening to the Smashing The Ceiling podcast and I love it. I am currently in a career transition and I have found the episodes I have listened to so far both inspiring but also very helpful because they include a lot of practical advice. Naomi is a great interviewer, she asks very insightful questions and she makes sure the conversations dont just cover the guests top achievements but also their struggles and challenges and how they got to where they are.

DottySteph ,

Wonderfully insightful!

This podcast gives a wonderful insight into careers; particularly those that women would never dream of being associated with. Love hearing about strong women doing it for themselves and proving the world wrong - inspiring and easy to listen to.

Vandermagnum ,

Awesome.

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