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Explore the art of building a fulfilling veterinary career with Dr. Hubert Hiemstra. Join in conversations about the topics that matter to you, like veterinary career development, work-life balance, and burnout prevention. Hubert is joined by inspiring veterinary professionals from around the globe who share insights and strategies to supercharge your passion for veterinary medicine and life and help find your ‘vet mojo’ with topics like veterinary practice management, mentoring to navigate your veterinary journey, or staying up to date with the latest advancements in veterinary medicine.

The Vet Vault Dr. Hubert Hiemstra: Veterinarian, Relentless Questioner.

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Explore the art of building a fulfilling veterinary career with Dr. Hubert Hiemstra. Join in conversations about the topics that matter to you, like veterinary career development, work-life balance, and burnout prevention. Hubert is joined by inspiring veterinary professionals from around the globe who share insights and strategies to supercharge your passion for veterinary medicine and life and help find your ‘vet mojo’ with topics like veterinary practice management, mentoring to navigate your veterinary journey, or staying up to date with the latest advancements in veterinary medicine.

    #120: Rethink Diabetes: Why Basal Insulin is a Game-Changer In Feline Diabetes Management. With Dr Linda Fleeman.

    #120: Rethink Diabetes: Why Basal Insulin is a Game-Changer In Feline Diabetes Management. With Dr Linda Fleeman.

    What if I told you that your clients never have to worry about when they inject their diabetic cats with insulin, and still maintain beautiful glucose control? And timing insulin with meal times: forget about it!

    Those are just some of the things you’ll learn about in this episode about using basal insulin in veterinary diabetic patients. We also discuss:


    Why you don't need fancy diets for good glucose control.


    How traditional glucose curves not necessary for monitoring diabetic cats on basal insulin.
    Great tips for using continuous glucose monitoring devices.

    Dr Linda Fleeman is an internationally renowned veterinary expert on the treatment of diabetes, and is regularly invited to write textbook chapters and speak on this topic at international forums. Linda has worked in both university referral practice and general small animal practice, with her primary focus for more than 20 years being all aspects of diabetes in dogs and cats. She completed a Residency in Small Animal Medicine, followed by a PhD on the clinical management of diabetes mellitus in dogs.  She’s held positions as Lecturer in Small Animal Medicine at the University of Queensland and Senior Lecturer in Small Animal Medicine at the University of Sydney before deciding to return to private clinical practice back in 2010. She currently does her work through Animal Diabetes Australia, the only diabetes-specific veterinary clinical service in the world, where she and her team pioneer ground-breaking diabetes treatments and management strategies and help practitioners better manage their patients through her consulting service.

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    • 48 min
    #119: You’re Already a Forensic Vet - You Just Didn’t Know It: How to Get Better at It, and Why It Matters. With Dr Elizabeth Pearlman

    #119: You’re Already a Forensic Vet - You Just Didn’t Know It: How to Get Better at It, and Why It Matters. With Dr Elizabeth Pearlman

    You know when you see that case, usually some sort of traumatic injury , where something feels a bit 'off'. Maybe the story doesn't fit the injury, or it's the third time you've seen this patient in the last few months. Whatever it is - there are alarm bells...

    In this episode forensic veterinarian Dr Elizabeth Pearlman tells us why it's so important that you listen to those alarm bells, how to get better at hearing them, while sharing a structured plan for what to do about it to help us bring a bit of light to the darker aspects of human-animal interactions, without compromising your own wellbeing.

    Dr Elizabeth Pearlman is a forensic veterinarian for the ASPCA’s Veterinary Forensic Science Center in Gainesville FL. A childhood of watching Animal Cops on Animal Planet sent her on her path to veterinary science and eventually a Masters degree in Veterinary Forensic Science. She has practiced as a private practice emergency veterinarian and as a staff veterinarian for the Houston SPCA, and In 2018, she joined The ASPCA full-time as a forensic veterinarian. In her position, she assists law enforcement agencies nationwide with the identification, documentation, and collection of forensic evidence from crime scenes, live animals, and deceased animals. Additionally, she authors reports based on her findings and testifies in court as an expert witness.

    In this episode Liz gives us a peek into the career of a forensic vet. She shares practical advice and resources on how to deal with cruelty and neglect cases, including evidence gathering, documentation, reporting, working with law enforcement and even how to get over your fear of being an expert witness in court. If you feel like this might be the job for you - Liz also lays out a few possible career pathways for us.

    Topic List:

    01:56 - The Reality of Forensic Veterinary Work

    02:26 - Case of Suspected Chicken Abuse

    03:42 - Abby's Case: A Deep Dive

    07:43 - Impact of Forensic Work on Animal Welfare

    08:14 - Veterinary Forensics Education and Reporting

    11:07 - Another Case Study: Khaleesi

    14:07 - Discussion on Non-Accidental Injuries

    16:12 - Overview of a Forensic Vet's Role

    18:53 - Forensic Veterinary Opportunities in the U.S. and Abroad

    22:31 - Educational Resources and Career Paths in Forensic Veterinary Medicine

    25:54 - Handling Suspicions of Animal Abuse in Practice

    28:33 - Emotional Challenges in Forensic Veterinary Work

    36:01 - Importance of Detailed Documentation in Suspected Abuse Cases

    38:21 - Court Appearances and Testifying as a Forensic Vet

    40:08 - Maintaining Emotional Health in Forensic Veterinary Roles

    43:56 - Closing Thoughts and Stoic Philosophy in Veterinary Practice

    Resources from Dr Pearlman:


    Aspcapro.org


    ASPCA One Pagers (PDFs are downloadable on this site)
    Minimum Standards and Best Practices for the Clinical Veterinary Forensic Examination of the Suspected Abused Animal

    Continuing Education Opportunities:


    International Veterinary Forensic Sciences Association


    Florida International University – Professional Science Master’s in Veterinary Forensics


    VMX
    VIN


    Vets are welcome to visit Dr Pearlman and her team in their facility for case review/mock necropsy practice. If interested, email Dr Pearlman directly at Elizabeth.pearlman@aspca.org or submit a request.



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    #118: 6 Steps To Solving Acute Respiratory Distress. With Dr Rob Webster.

    #118: 6 Steps To Solving Acute Respiratory Distress. With Dr Rob Webster.

    You know that feeling when the ‘not breathing well’ patient gets rushed to your crash bench, and you stand there with your stethoscope trying to look like your planning, but actually, you’re just panicking... You have to do something, but what? Where do you begin?! 

    This is exactly why I loved this conversation with ECC specialist and Director of Animal Emergency Australia, Dr Rob Webster, about the 6 steps that will help you localise the problem in the respiratory distress patient. Because once you localise it, you have a DD list, and you have a plan.
    Dr Rob guides us through the first minutes of assessing the respiratory distress veterinary patient and shows us how to quickly assess breathing patterns and sounds to help you pin-point and fix the problem.

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    Topic list:

    5:49 Step 1: Evaluate respiratory effort.
    11:31 Step 2: Is the breathing noisy?
    20:22 Step 3: Is the chest wall intact?
    28:16 Step 4: Is the breathing fast and shallow?
    36:27 Step 5: Fast and shallow, but with
    nothing abnormal on lung imaging.
    38:01 Step 6: Non-respiratory causes.




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    • 43 min
    Vet Vault Clinical Spanish Edition: Entendiendo la Relación Entre la Gravedad Específica de la Orina y la Azotemia. (Understanding the Link Between USG and Azotaemia). With Prof Jill Maddison

    Vet Vault Clinical Spanish Edition: Entendiendo la Relación Entre la Gravedad Específica de la Orina y la Azotemia. (Understanding the Link Between USG and Azotaemia). With Prof Jill Maddison

    We're experimenting with something...
    I found a software that magically translates your voice into any language of your choosing, and I'm dying to see if I can use it to get some Vet Vault vibes into the non-English speaking veterinary world.
    So, as a trial run, we had this conversation about renal physiology and the many ways in which we, as vets, misunderstand and misinterpret the link between urine specific gravity and azotaemia translated into Spanish. Then we had a Spanish speaking vet cross-checked it and fix any mistakes, and here is the final product.
    So, for our Spanish-speaking colleagues: I'd love to know - how did we do? How did the AI do? Is this useful/sensible? And mostly, would you like to get more of them?
    Let us know what you think at info@thevetvault.com.

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    #117: Purpose, Passion, and Persistence: Creating Unicorns For A More Resilient Veterinary Profession. With Dr Geoff Wilson.

    #117: Purpose, Passion, and Persistence: Creating Unicorns For A More Resilient Veterinary Profession. With Dr Geoff Wilson.

    'Resilience' can be a very loaded word: where is the line between 'toxic resilience' that relies mostly on stubborn grit and self-sacrifice, and a deep sustainable resilience that stems from a much deeper place?

    Dr Geoff Wilson is intimately familiar with resilience: veterinarian down to the core, Dr Geoff lives a vast and varied life split between being a family man, veterinarian, practice owner, entrepreneur, and expeditionist. Highlights from Geoff’s adventurer career include completing the longest solo, unsupported polar journey in human history, the fastest solo, unsupported crossing of Antarctica, the first to cross the Torres Strait by kiteboard, the first and only wind-assisted crossing of the Sahara Desert (2009), and the first wind-powered crossing of the Simpson Desert in Australia. Geoff’s newest adventure, Project Zero, is a net-zero docu-series documenting a voyage that explores some of the world’s most isolated and vulnerable environments and the visible impact of global warming on these landscapes, and engaging with the world’s leading climate scientists, advocates and initiatives.

    You'd think that for someone like this, the challenges of working in veterinary science would be insignificant, but that's not the case. In this conversation Geoff takes us on a journey through the peaks and troughs of his own experiences in vet life, and beyond, shedding light on the dangers of pushing ourselves too far and the pitfalls of 'toxic resilience', vs utilising passion, purpose, and persistence to help shape true resilience. Geoff helps us explore how vulnerability, optimism and a service mindset support resilience, and he opens up about a unique program at his group of practices, VetLove, that is designed to cultivate 'unicorns' – exceptional vets who thrive under the weight of demanding expectations, and how they are trying to find that delicate balance of nurturing growth without breaking spirits.

    Topic list:

    03:29 From Polar Expeditions to Veterinary Practice: Jeff's Unique Journey

    04:27 Cultivating True Resilience in the Veterinary Field

    13:21 The Vet Love Resilience Program: Shaping Exceptional Veterinarians

    35:49 Addressing the Challenges of Modern Veterinary Practice

    35:49 The Importance of Support and Community in Veterinary Medicine

    43:58 Navigating Difficult Clients: Zero Tolerance

    45:38 Transforming Customer Service

    46:55 Building a Positive Work Environment Amidst Challenges

    51:44 Redefining Veterinary Education and Practice for Future Generations

    54:20 The Power of Positivity

    01:05:23 Balancing Passion with Personal Well-being

    01:24:17 Final Thoughts: Embracing the Veterinary Profession with Optimism and Resilience



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    • 1 hr 31 min
    #116: Making Linear Foreign Body Surgery Less Scary And Getting Better Outcomes. With Dr Bronwyn Fullagar.

    #116: Making Linear Foreign Body Surgery Less Scary And Getting Better Outcomes. With Dr Bronwyn Fullagar.

    If you find surgery even remotely appealing, then chances are a good old intestinal foreign body removal ranks high on your list of favourites. But GI surgery can be a lot less fun when faced with a linear foreign body, and patient outcomes can be potentially be much worse.

    This episode with specialist surgeon Dr. Bronwyn Fullagar is packed with invaluable insights to make your linear foreign body surgeries smoother, less scary, and increase your chances of success.

    Dr. Bronwyn Fullagar is an Australian specialist surgeon based in the US. Her passion lies in sharing knowledge to elevate our skills as surgeons and promote our overall well-being. She does her teaching through speaking engagements, publications, through her role as Director of Surgical Education for the Veterinary Emergency Group, and with frequent appearances on the Vet Vault Clinical podcasts.

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    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

Natalie Alicia ,

Valuable and inspiring

Absolutely love this podcast. So inspiring listening to all the different speakers in each episode and each one has their own message. As a final year vet student I have taken on board so many valuable lessons that aren’t always clinical but are so useful when considering the wider profession. Gerardo and Hubert are also great hosts too!

Spallett ,

Great guests and inspiring conversations

Not just useful for the veterinary industry, this stuff is relevant for everyone :)

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