63 episodes

The Blunt Dissection Podcast exists because everyone has a story worth listening to. It's the original and best interview podcast in veterinary medicine where the best minds in the various subcultures of veterinary medicine (and sometimes outside) are profiled/deconstructed so you can listen to their remarkable stories, and also learn the habits, routines, thought processes and anything else that makes these individuals so good at what they do.

What’s in it for you to listen? For some, it's entertainment, for others the show offers inspiration. My hope is that once you’ve seen the pathway to success all you have to do is follow the breadcrumbs. Simple right? So what are you waiting for? Let's jump in and get to know some amazing people better. :)

Sometimes funny, sometimes dark but always entertaining - welcome to the hidden world of veterinary success.

Your host is Dr Dave Nicol, a veterinarian, occasional CEO, multiple time author, international speaker and mentor/coach to countless vets, nurses and managers in veterinary leadership roles across the world through VetX International.

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The Blunt Dissection Podcast exists because everyone has a story worth listening to. It's the original and best interview podcast in veterinary medicine where the best minds in the various subcultures of veterinary medicine (and sometimes outside) are profiled/deconstructed so you can listen to their remarkable stories, and also learn the habits, routines, thought processes and anything else that makes these individuals so good at what they do.

What’s in it for you to listen? For some, it's entertainment, for others the show offers inspiration. My hope is that once you’ve seen the pathway to success all you have to do is follow the breadcrumbs. Simple right? So what are you waiting for? Let's jump in and get to know some amazing people better. :)

Sometimes funny, sometimes dark but always entertaining - welcome to the hidden world of veterinary success.

Your host is Dr Dave Nicol, a veterinarian, occasional CEO, multiple time author, international speaker and mentor/coach to countless vets, nurses and managers in veterinary leadership roles across the world through VetX International.

    Ep 63: Rob Pope - Becoming Forrest - One Vet’s Epic Run Across America

    Ep 63: Rob Pope - Becoming Forrest - One Vet’s Epic Run Across America

    In today’s episode of Blunt Dissection, we’re joined by the real-life Forrest Gump, Rob Pope.
    Rob is best known for being the first person to complete the famous Forrest Gump run: 15,621 miles, five times across the United States. Rob is a graduate of the London Royal Veterinary College, an ER vet, winner of the Liverpool marathon, a qualifier for the Australian Olympic marathon team, ultra-athlete, and the first man to complete the Forrest Gump Run across America.
    Averaging nearly 40 miles each day, Rob embarked on this mind-boggling journey across the United States to raise both funds and awareness for causes he really believes in - Peace Direct and the World Wildlife Fund. His journey took him across the US 4.77 times, covering over 15,700 miles and earning a Guinness World Record.
    In 2021 he released his book documenting the journey, “Becoming Forrest”.


    He has also finished as top Northern European on the six-day, self-sufficient Marathon des Sables in the Sahara desert, billed as one of “The World’s Toughest Footrace” - and that was despite developing pneumonia during the penultimate stage!


    To date, his incredible efforts have raised more than £100,000 for charities including the world wildlife fund.


    Rob hosts the Red Bull podcast called “How to be Superhuman”, where he chats to other similarly insanely brilliant (or perhaps brilliantly insane) endurance athletes of all backgrounds to hear what makes them “superhuman”.


    Oh, and in addition to his vet degree, he also holds a degree in veterinary pathology and a PhD in Veterinary Medicine.


    If you like running you are going to LOVE this episode. If you need a lift, Rob is your walking pep talk. And if you just love some vet life philosophy from two dudes with weird accents… we’ve got you covered. Enjoy this conversation with the superhuman running machine, Dr Rob Pope.


    Outline of this episode:


    [0:00] The introduction begins.
    [03:22] The episode begins with Rob describing who he is and what he does.
    [07:39] Explaining the decision to run across America… five times.
    [17:00] Rob shares his interesting experience after asking to use a stranger’s bathroom in Texas.
    [20:50] How Rob worked around his visa timeframe.
    [26:40] Rob’s biggest takeaways from his time in America.
    [33:34] Preparing for the Forrest Gump run.
    [41:30] Rob’s warm-up and cool-down practices for long-distance runs.
    [48:43] Advice to budding runners.
    [54:54] How to enjoy your career in veterinary medicine.
    [1:04:02] Rob discusses his approach to goal-setting.
    [1:08:37] Being intentional about rest and relaxation.
    [1:12:51] Rob reveals his go-to running earphones and playlist.
    [1:16:55] How to be superhuman.
    [1:25:25] Overcoming the wall of life.

    • 1 hr 29 min
    Ep 62: Dr Sarah Boston - Dedication, Improvization & Actualization

    Ep 62: Dr Sarah Boston - Dedication, Improvization & Actualization

    On today’s show I’m joined by Canadian veterinarian, comedian, author, and cancer survivor Dr. Sarah Boston. We delve into her past and learn what has shaped the person she is today, from living on her own at age fifteen, to her ‘crazy’ patients in Florida, clown clown school, and overcoming cancer.

    • 1 hr 38 min
    Ep 61: The Time of Your Life with Dr Adam Christman

    Ep 61: The Time of Your Life with Dr Adam Christman

    On today’s show, I’m joined by vet, author, social media personality and potentially the biggest Doxie & Disney cheerleader in the world, Dr. Adam Christman.

    Adam gained his Bachelors in Animal science from Rutger University in 2000 before going on to study veterinary medicine at Iowa State where he graduated in 2004. He is also a rare breed vet holding an M.B.A from Aspen University.

    Adam’s career kicked off at lightning pace, initially working in his hometown practice where he ended up the chief of staff (while also working ER and relief shifts). He’s scratched his altruistic itch working both in shelter medicine and in education teaching on the veterinary assistant program at his local community college.

    In 2010 his personal brand took off with the launch of his Dr Christman Show on youtube, and most recently the explosion of his tik tok profile where nearly a million followers consume his content designed to help pet owners and vets connect. Although I admit at least 500,000 of them are me watching his version of Doxie Vs Soft-toy Roulette videos. If you’re confused, don’t worry, just google Adam.

    In 2017 he faced a triple tragedy that would put anyone in a tailspin and after much soul searching he pivoted again into his current role as CVO of the much loved Fetch DVM360 media group.

    Oh, and did I mention he also wrote and published a book called ‘Honey, Have You Squeezed the Dachshund? A Guide for Dachshund Owners Who Are Terrified of IVDD’?

    Now, whilst you catch your breath, I’d like to invite you to join something that can help you get ahead in your career as a vet. We all know that imposter syndrome, angry clients and burnout are real, and cause many vets to leave their jobs and careers.

    But what you might not know is that there is a community where you can learn the essential street skills for how to be a great GP vet upon which you can build a sustainable, fulfilling career. A place where you can access mentors, view jobs from practices that care about culture and access new weekly articles and podcasts dedicated to your wellbeing.

    That place is called VetX and you can access all of the resources including a career planning tool, 14 hours of accredited education, hundreds of articles and live mentor Q&A sessions, plus earn swag and more.

    To join hundreds of other vets who have changed their careers for the better go to www.vetxinternational.com today. Registration is free so go to vetxinternational.com now.

    Now back to the show,

    In this episode, Adam offers us an honest and open conversation about his life and journey through veterinary medicine. This is a high octane glimpse into the world of a high achiever with a big personality, and an even bigger heart. If you’ve ever dared to dream big, had to deal with hate, or just love Disney or Doxies, then this episode is for you.

    So without further ado, I give you this my conversation with the wonderful human whirlwind, Dr Adam Christman.

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Ep 60: Stop, Start, Less, More with Dr Andy Roark

    Ep 60: Stop, Start, Less, More with Dr Andy Roark

    My first Blunt Dissection episode of the year kicks off with veterinarian, podcaster, international speaker, author, media personality, founder of the Uncharted Veterinary Conference, and of course good friend, Dr. Andy Roark.

    Dr. Andy graduated as a veterinarian from the University of Florida in 2008 and since then has been changing the pathway of veterinary medicine through his many outlets and talents.

    Over the past 10 years, Andy has poured himself into life as a veterinarian, as well as being an award-winning columnist for DVM360, a veterinary speaker for Dr. AndyRoark.com ‘a veterinary social hub’, and most recently he founded Uncharted Veterinary Conference - a veterinary medicine’s premier business and career development community - with the goal to help veterinarians thrive and avoid practice drama and burnout.

    Now, before we jump into the episode, I’d like to invite you to join something that can help you get ahead in your career as a vet. We all know that imposter syndrome, burnout, angry clients and burnout are real and cause many vets to leave their jobs and careers.

    But what you might not know is that there is a community where you can learn the essential street skills for how to be a great GP vet upon which you can build a sustainable, fulfilling career. A place where you can access mentors, view jobs from practices that care about culture and access new weekly articles and podcasts dedicated to your career.

    That place is called VetX and you can access all of the resources including a career planning tool, 14 hours of accredited education, hundreds of articles and live mentor Q&A sessions, plus earn swag and more.

    To join hundreds of other vets who have changed their careers for the better go to www.vetxinternational.com today. Registration is free so get on that as soon as the show is done!

    Now back to the show,

    I first interviewed Dr. Andy for the Blunt Dissection four years ago, but couldn’t resist having him back on and quizzing his strategic brain. This episode was slightly different from the usual Blunt Dissection episodes, rather than diving into Andy’s pathway into veterinary medicine and his life (as I normally do in Blunt Dissection), this episode offered an insight into the issues we face in veterinary medicine and Dr. Andy’s viewpoint on them. We tackle a range of hugely important issues through a strategic framework where we asked four questions. What should we stop doing. What should we start doing? What should we do more of? And what should we do less of? There's a lot of insight that arose. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Let's get stuck in…

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Ep 59: A Slingshot Round Adversity - 2021 Highlights

    Ep 59: A Slingshot Round Adversity - 2021 Highlights

    If 2020 was the year that got away, 2021 was the year where we bounced back. It too came with huge uncertainty and challenges and life in practice was played out against a depressing narrative of burnout and talent loss. With uncertainty still rife, and vet med at what feels like a dangerous tipping point, what can, indeed, what must we do to move forward?

    One of the answers I suspect is already in play - hiding in plain sight. Resilience, that of talked about but seemingly elusive quality is borne out of adversity and in the past 2 years you’ve been building yours, perhaps without even realising it. So as we reflect on another journey around the sun, I thought it would be nice to shine some light on how each of my guests refused to let adversity crush them, instead harnessing its painful energy to sling shot out the other side scarred, but stronger. Let’s dive in.

    Guests included:

    Dr. Molly McAllister
    Dr. Lisa Lippman
    Dr. Peter Dommett
    Dr. Fabian Rivers
    Megan Brashear
    Dr. Sharon Grossman
    Dr. Marty Becker
    Dr. Robin Downing
    Dr. Mandisa Greene
    Prof Liz Mossop
    The Street Vet - Dr Jade Statt

    We see further and feel so much bigger, when we stand on the shoulders of giants. And that friends, is as positive a message as I can leave you with.

    All that remains is to thank all of my guests this year for giving up their precious time to talk. I’ve made some new friends, deepened some relationships and I hope has helped you work through another year in this special world we pet professionals call home.

    Thank you for listening and supporting the show. I hope you get some downtime with your friends and family over the festive season. For the last time this year, from all of us here at VetX….. Be safe, be well and be happy.

    Today's show was made possible by the VetX Thrive Community. To join this growing band of vets dedicated to building a successful and sustainable career in veterinary medicine visit www.vetxinternational.com today.

    • 1 hr
    Ep 58: The Street Vet - Dr. Jade Statt

    Ep 58: The Street Vet - Dr. Jade Statt

    On today’s show, I’m joined by Dr. Jade Statt, cofounder of Street Vet a charity caring for the pets of homeless people.

    Jade graduated from Glasgow University Vet School with honors in 2002 and initially worked as an assistant in a small animal practice where her innate desire to help others spurred her on to compile and write The Pocket Book of Small Animal Tips For Vets. A book she donated to raise funds for vet mental health and wellbeing charity, Vetlife.

    Her own struggles with depression led to her serving on the board of VetLife for three years, before finding her true calling one evening on the way back from a night out in London in 2016.

    Stopping to speak with a homeless man, Jade came to realize the importance of pets to homeless people. But it was also apparent that the vet care and support we might take for granted was non-existent for those living on the street with pets.

    An idea was born and soon after she took to the streets of London with a backpack stuffed with medicines, food, toys, collars, and leads, and the desire to help. Not long after she met her co-founder Sam Joseph who by happy coincidence was doing something similar and Street Vet was born. Since then, Street Vet has grown rapidly with teams active in 17 locations and a volunteer army of more than 700 dedicated vets, nurses, and support roles nationally in the UK.

    Jade, in her role as founder and ambassador for the charity, is a tireless advocate taking on many of the other issues that result in increased homelessness such as the lack of available pet-friendly temporary accommodation and has successfully launched a service of accreditation and training for hostels who wish to change.

    In 2019, her incredible work was duly recognized as she was announced as the Animal Star Awards Vet of The Year.

    Now, oftentimes we’ll have an advert here…. But today our only ask is that you take a second to visit www.streetvet.org.uk and see what you can do to help. If you are a vet or nurse in the UK then you can volunteer your time. If you are a practice owner you might like to work as a partner practice for operations. And wherever you are, if you can find your way to donate ten bucks to support Street Vet then you’d be putting some spare cash to good use.

    For all opportunities head to www.streetvet.org.uk and get involved. You won't just be helping others though, because the act of support is great for your own mental wellbeing too.

    Now back to the show...

    Jade is incredibly passionate about veterinary mental health and the benefits of volunteering.

    And her work is a testament to the power of purpose and collaboration. The tireless dedication that both she and her army of volunteers put into protecting the bond between humans and animals in the most vulnerable of people is incredibly inspiring. A timely reminder when many things seem hopeless that the power of caring for others really is a gift that gives in both directions.

    So now, without further ado, I present this, my conversation with the pretty darn awesome, Dr. Jade Statt.

    • 1 hr 22 min

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Sexy Voice, subtle humor, superb content

What more can you want?! I know us vet people do not have a lot of time, but make the time to listen to this podcast. It will make you laugh and smile and think very deeply. Absolutely love it.

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"How I Built This" for veterinary professionals!

Even though I'm a veterinarian, I tend to steer away from veterinary-themed podcasts. I like learning with a touch of humor (e.g. Ologies) or inspiring stories that speak to the power of resilience against adversity (e.g. How I Built This). Dr. Dave Nicol has a unique gift in his ability to connect with fascinating individuals in the veterinary field. I've only listened to the three most recent episodes, but Episode 48 with Dr. Molly McAllister has to be one of the best ever. I admit I was reluctant to give it a listen because what could I learn from someone who helps run the corporate giant Banfield? I was completely blown away by Dr. McAllister's humility and vision. Listening to her and Dr. Nicol talk about the unsustainable pressure our practitioners are facing during this pandemic really touched me: "Business is booming but our people are breaking." This is so true. And the need for mentoring programs to help support new graduates. This is something I'm so passionate about. I love having vet students come through our hospital and would love to engage in further dialog about how to help them be successful after graduation. Thank you for this well-done, educational and inspiring podcast!

Marisa J2 ,

LOVE THIS PODCAST!!

Dr. Nicol highlights all aspects of veterinary medicine in this can’t miss podcast! He offers insightful advice and information that is helpful to anyone that listens!

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