12 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.

    Supporting pregnancy in your vet practice with Emily Yunker

    Supporting pregnancy in your vet practice with Emily Yunker

    Emily is a small animal clinical veterinarian and Doula specializing in supporting women through pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. She is passionate about helping veterinarians plan their postpartum experiences and advocating for better social support for mothers in the veterinary profession.


    "It's interesting, in the last few years since I started having babies, there almost wasn't social support, and then a few Facebook groups popped up, and they have turned into a movement" - Emily Yunker



    Emily Yunker has always wanted to be a vet and a mom, so it's no surprise that motherhood and veterinary medicine have always been in the picture for her. After having her third baby, a COVID baby, Emily realized that motherhood in the veterinary profession was vastly underrepresented and underappreciated. This led her to move professionally and pursue a career supporting other veterinarians through pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. 

    Research indicates that 1 in 5 women experience a maternal mood disorder, and 75% of those go untreated. The leading cause of death in postpartum mothers is at their own hand, and shockingly, 14% of equine practitioners got less than two weeks off after having a baby before returning to work.

    In this episode, you will learn the following:


    1. The Unique Experience of Veterinary Medicine and Motherhood: How did Emily Yunker's childhood and professional goals inform her journey to becoming a professional doula?
    2. The Statistics Surrounding Maternal Mood Disorders: What are the statistics on postpartum depression and anxiety among veterinarians, and what barriers prevent people from seeking help?
    3. US Versus International Postpartum Care: How does the US compare to other countries regarding postpartum care, and what are the differences in the support structures?


    Resources:
    https://www.veterinariandoula.com/

    Connect with me: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vetthrivecollective/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/vetthrive/?originalSubdomain=nz
    Website: https://www.vetthrive.org/?r_done=1

    • 32 min
    Nutrition and mental wellness with Helen Duyvestyn

    Nutrition and mental wellness with Helen Duyvestyn

    Mental health nurse Helen Duyvestyn is passionate about nutrition and lifestyle changes for enhancing mental illness. 


    " It's about setting some boundaries. But it's also very much about self care. And I really see that a lot of people talk about self care and bubble bars and manicures and things like that. But to me, self care is actually eating well and actually providing yourself with food that's really nutritious because you'll notice the difference." -Helen Duyvestyn


    With 20 years of experience in the field,  Helen's mission is to bring holistic mental health care to mainstream medicine. Her work emphasises the importance of boundaries, self-care and whole foods, as well as the gut-brain-access connection and the impact of ultra-processed foods and trans fats on mood. Helen is passionate about bringing these solutions to mainstream medicine.

    In this episode, you will learn the following:
    1. The Impact of Diet on Mental Health: Explore the research that shows how dietary changes and supplementation can reduce depression, anxiety and other mental health issues.
    2. The Role of Trans Fats: Examine how trans fat consumption affects irritability, aggression and behavior.
    3. The Benefits of Eating Whole Foods: Discover how eating whole, unprocessed foods can improve overall health and mental wellbeing.


    Resources:
    https://www.onelifenz.com/abouthelen


    Connect with me: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vetthrivecollective/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/vetthrive/?originalSubdomain=nz
    Website: https://www.vetthrive.org/?r_done=1

    • 32 min
    Compassionate Leadership with Paul Ainsworth

    Compassionate Leadership with Paul Ainsworth

    Discover the essential leadership qualities needed to be successful in the workplace and beyond!

    "Leadership brings with it an obligation and hard work. It's important to be able to drive connection, empathy drives connection, and sympathy drives disconnection."

    Paul Ainsworth is a leader of leaders with a background in the military and experience running his own business. He has a deep love of animals and a passion for developing self-awareness and empathy in leaders to support their teams.

    His career began with the military, where he obtained valuable lessons in leadership. Through his experiences, he realized the importance of self-awareness, empathy, and servant leadership. He learned to create a sense of connection with others and to acknowledge their presence, skills which he brought to his own business and then to the veterinary sector. He learned the hard way that leadership comes with responsibility and hard work - but also the satisfaction of making a difference in the lives of others.

    In this episode, you will learn the following:

    1. What can military training teach us about leadership and resilience?

    2. What is the importance of empathy, self-awareness, and suspension of judgment in a leader?

    3. How can acknowledgment and recognizing others help build collective resilience?



    Connect with me: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vetthrivecollective/

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/vetthrive/?originalSubdomain=nz

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

    • 34 min
    Finding Financial Freedom with Nadine Higgins

    Finding Financial Freedom with Nadine Higgins

    In this episode, Megan sits down with Nadine Higgins, a financial advisor and former journalist. Nadine helps professionals to achieve economic well-being and break down cultural taboos, empowering them to take courage and take charge of their future through tailored advice.

    You will learn the following:
    1. Breaking Down Financial Taboos: Uncovering how to normalize the discussion of finances and empower people with knowledge.
    2. Financial Coaching: Examining how to create a resilient and financial well workforce through individual, business, and team coaching.
    3. Financial Wellbeing: Exploring how to prioritize spending money on the things that improve your life and not on the things that don't.

    Nadine Higgins is a financial advisor and former financial journalist passionate about helping people understand and manage their finances. She is also an animal lover with a German shepherd and will soon add a feline companion to her family.

    • 34 min
    Emotional Agility with Dr. Olivia Oginska

    Emotional Agility with Dr. Olivia Oginska

    Are you ready to take Radical Responsibility & Embrace Emotional Agility to unlock your full potential?

    "Take radical responsibility for creating healthy teams and have the courage to learn together !" - Dr Olivia Oginska

    Dr. Olivia Oginska is an experienced veterinary leader and coach, passionate about helping other leaders develop their self-awareness and EQ. She is committed to creating healthy teams and empowering leaders to take radical responsibility for their development.

    She has dedicated her career to teaching leaders in the veterinary profession the importance of self-awareness, responsibility, and creating healthy teams. She encourages others not to be afraid of the work that needs to be done and to create a better future for their teams. She inspires many in the field and gives hope through her work.

    In this episode, you will learn the following:
    1. Discovering the power of emotional intelligence and how it can help build relationships and create a psychologically safe workplace.
    2. Exploring the concept of emotional agility and how it can help us become more in charge of our life experience.
    3. Understanding the importance of radical responsibility and how it can help us manage our emotions and foster healthier relationships.

    Resources:
    https://www.vetgonereal.com/

    Connect with me: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vetthrivecollective/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/vetthrive/?originalSubdomain=nz
    Website: https://www.vetthrive.org/?r_done=1

    • 28 min
    Building a healthy veterinary practice with Dr Alex Walker

    Building a healthy veterinary practice with Dr Alex Walker

    Dr. Alex Walker is a veterinary surgical specialist with over 40 years of experience who is passionate about career mastery and long-term well-being for those in the veterinary profession.

    This episode is about the importance of having a good team around you to provide care for animals. Alex learned the importance of having a good team around you to care for animals from his mentor, Dr. Joe Bojrab. Bojrab taught that no veterinarian or veterinary professional nurse should ever feel solely responsible for a patient's care.


    In this episode, you will learn the following:
    1. How Alex Walker went from being a student at Massey University to working as a veterinary surgical specialist with over
    40 years of experience.
    2. How specialization in veterinary medicine is a relatively new concept and how it has evolved.
    3. How the team approach to care is essential for exceptional patient care.

    Connect with me:
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vetthrivecollective/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/vetthrive/?originalSubdomain=nz
    Website: https://www.vetthrive.org/?r_done=1

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

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6 Ratings

6 Ratings

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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