18 episodes

The Vet Thrive Collective Podcast opens the channels of global communication and collaboration to help solve the problem of creating healthy and happy veterinary professionals. Dr Megan Alderson, a well-being advocate and practicing veterinary clinician with 30 years of lived experience, chats to the change-makers across the world advancing psychological health and safety with a toolbox of accessible well-being initiatives to help the veterinary carers so they can keep on caring.

Vet Thrive Collective Podcast Dr Megan Alderson

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 6 Ratings

The Vet Thrive Collective Podcast opens the channels of global communication and collaboration to help solve the problem of creating healthy and happy veterinary professionals. Dr Megan Alderson, a well-being advocate and practicing veterinary clinician with 30 years of lived experience, chats to the change-makers across the world advancing psychological health and safety with a toolbox of accessible well-being initiatives to help the veterinary carers so they can keep on caring.

    Caring for our carers with Jacqui O’Connor

    Caring for our carers with Jacqui O’Connor

    In this episode of Vet Thrive Collective Podcast, Dr Megan interviews Jacqui O'Connor. A pioneering philanthropist and visionary system disrupter. Jacqui founded Heart Place Hospital, a charity which provides holistic healthcare for frontline healthcare and educational workers.



    In this episode you will learn about:


    Jacqui’s journey into holistic healthcare - How a health journey as a child led Jacqui to a career in healthcare. How the struggle to balance the many responsibilities of motherhood and work led her to being hit by a figurative Mac truck, prompting a deep dive into spirituality and holistic well-being practices


    Spirituality in healthcare - Te Whare Tapa Whā framework, the cyclical nature of humans and the healed masculine.


    Heart Place Hospital - a revolutionary service with the goal to reshape the healthcare system by caring for our carers.



    Connect with Megan: 

    ⁠https://www.instagram.com/vetthrivecollective/⁠

    ⁠https://nz.linkedin.com/in/megan-alderson-ab498a1a1⁠

    ⁠https://www.vetthrive.org/?r_done=1⁠ 



    Connect with Jacqui:

    ⁠https://www.linkedin.com/in/jacqui-o-connor-98995081/⁠  ⁠https://www.heartplacehospital.org.nz/⁠

    • 37 min
    Prioritising human needs in your Veterinary Practice

    Prioritising human needs in your Veterinary Practice

    In this episode of Vet Thrive Collective Podcast, I interview Dan Tipney, Co-founder and Training Director of Vetled, the global leader in Veterinary Human Factors. Join us as we discuss the role the field of human factors plays in success and well-being.



    In this episode you will learn about:


    How Dan’s experience as a high performance coach led to a role supporting the well being of veterinary professions. 
    Human factors - Hierarchy of needs, how adopting a human needs first approach to well being can create the ideal foundation for daily success.
    The science of sleep - The financial cost, scientific consensus on ideal sleep time and how a lack of sleep can be inebriating. 
    Self care in the medical professions - The systemic constraints affecting self care as well as what you can do as an individual to prioritise your well-being. The evolutionary science behind Medical Carer’s tendency to place others needs before their own and how to integrate self care into your workplace culture including H.A.L.T (Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired), a well being strategy.



    Connect with Megan: 

    https://www.instagram.com/vetthrivecollective/

    https://nz.linkedin.com/in/megan-alderson-ab498a1a1

    https://www.vetthrive.org/?r_done=1 



    Connect with Dan:

    https://uk.linkedin.com/in/dan-tipney-0811bb84 

    https://www.vetled.co.uk/ 

    • 56 min
    Supporting Mental Well-being for Medical Professionals

    Supporting Mental Well-being for Medical Professionals

    In this episode of Vet Thrive Collective Podcast, I interview Doctor Mike Scanlan, a Northampton-based mental health and well-being consultant with decades of experience in the mental health field. Join us as we discuss the importance of maintaining your mental health in the medical professions.



    In this episode you will learn about:




    Mike’s journey into the world of mental health - including how a “not terribly good” acting career played a pivotal role. 


    Trauma and how to process it - Trauma exposure in the medical professions and different emotional based therapies including EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) a "quick and direct" therapy which helps to process trauma. 


    Mental well-being tips - Mike discusses deep-breathing, gratitude practices and effective meditative practices. Additionally, Mike discusses how to utilise antidepressants in the healing process as well as the drawbacks of the public mental health system.


    As well as the Alpha-Stim, an emerging technological device which could sweep the well-being industry.  



    Connect with Megan: 

    https://www.instagram.com/vetthrivecollective/

    https://nz.linkedin.com/in/megan-alderson-ab498a1a1

    https://www.vetthrive.org/?r_done=1 

    Connect with Mike:https://uk.linkedin.com/in/mike-scanlan-659424128

    • 51 min
    Building Better Communication in Veterinary Medicine with Michael Meehan

    Building Better Communication in Veterinary Medicine with Michael Meehan

    In this episode of the Vet Thrive Collective Podcast, I interview Michael Meehan, a veterinarian, and expert in communication and relationship-centered care. We discuss the importance of building relationships with clients and colleagues, effective communication strategies, and the need for more training in non-technical skills in the healthcare industries.

     

    In this episode, you will learn the following:

     


    Relationship-centered care involves building relationships with clients and colleagues based on trust, respect, empathy, and mutual understanding.
    Effective communication is a crucial component of relationship-centered care.
    Michael provides practical tips for effective communication with clients and colleagues, such as active listening, using open-ended questions, and providing clear instructions.
    Prioritising relationship-centered care leads to better outcomes in terms of job satisfaction, commitment to the organisation, and service quality.

     

    Connect with Megan:: Instagram, Linkedin, Vetthrive.org

     

    Michael Meehan - Linkedin

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Nurturing Resilience: Mindfulness for Veterinarians

    Nurturing Resilience: Mindfulness for Veterinarians

    In this episode, we dive deep into the world of mindfulness and explore its incredible benefits for veterinary professionals. Our guests include Sue Dykes, a Clinical Psychologist and Mindfulness Practitioner, and Ana Djokovic, an HR Professional, and Researcher who conducted a study on mindfulness in the veterinary profession. Join us as we discuss the transformative impact of mindfulness on personal well-being and professional resilience.

    In this episode, you will learn the following:

    The importance of mindfulness for veterinary professionals. The challenges faced by veterinarians, from compassion fatigue to burnout and the need for proactive well-being strategies and coping mechanisms.

    Megan's journey to mindfulness - Discovering mindfulness after struggling with stress, anxiety, and depression and the life-changing impact of mindfulness on her personal and professional life

    The 8-week mindfulness course - An overview of the structured program, which includes a variety of mindfulness practices and the power of group learning and sharing experiences with fellow veterinary professionals

    Insight into Ana's study on mindfulness in the veterinary profession - Key findings on positive and negative emotions, self-compassion, and how opening up and sharing experiences led to profound connections and a stronger support network among participants.

    Connect with Megan:: Instagram, Linkedin, Vetthrive.org



    Sue Dykes website - Suedykesnz.com

    Ana's thesis - Link

    • 58 min
    Understanding Moral Injury, PTSD, and Burnout

    Understanding Moral Injury, PTSD, and Burnout

    In this episode, we have Rhonda Andrews, the Principal Psychologist and Managing Director of the Barrington Centre with over 30 years of experience, who will be discussing emotional challenges in veterinary practice. Rhonda will be sharing her expertise on topics such as burnout, moral injury, compassion fatigue, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

    "Compassion fatigue, empathetic distress, and burnout are all things that happen to all of us at different times." Rhonda Andrews

    In this episode, you will learn the following:


    What's the difference for healthcare professionals when it comes to daily challenges, compared to everyone else?


    How to identify different types of trauma.


    Proactive wellbeing - What you can do to support yourself and your team.



    Connect with me: Instagram, Linkedin, Website - Vetthrive.org

    You can connect with Rhonda using this link - Barrington Centre

    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
6 Ratings

6 Ratings

DrAWSpock ,

Entertaining Educational Inspirational

Highly recommend as a must listen for all healthcare professionals. Every show tells an important story of skills and knowledge we all need to be resilient and thrive.

Elolou826 ,

Inspirational

I’ve always been a passionate, dedicated self-sacrificing veterinarian and animal rights advocate. But in 2021, after 16 years of practice, I hit rock bottom and completely burned out. I hadn’t see it coming but once I was there, I just couldn’t see a way out. I will never forget how painful that experience was and I can truly say that you don’t know what burnout feels like until you’re in it. It was without question, the lowest I’ve ever felt in my life.

Coincidentally, a few months after my burnout, I met Megan to discuss an unrelated project and somehow ended up working part time in her vet clinic! There, I saw first-hand the benefits of making well-being a priority in the workplace. It’s contagious!

Slowly, I crawled my way back from burnout and reconnected with my passion, and am now about to start my own business, something I’vv been wanting for years but had never felt resilient enough to take the risk.

I truly believe that Megan’s advice, support and self-care model is the single most important reason I managed to turn the lowest point in my life into one where I am more excited than ever about being a vet. Your program has the potential to change lives and save our profession. Thank you ❤️🐾

cathonthego ,

Honest & exciting!

Love the honesty Megan expresses about her own journey & the impact on her own life. Also very excited for the collaborative efforts to make this a worldwide phenomenon, not just for vets but for everyone

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