Cat Robinson, veterinary nurse and co-owner of Ready Vet, brings you Radio Vet Nurse. Each episode you'll hear from a different vet nurse about their personal experiences in life and in vet nursing.
Vet nursing is definitely not an easy job. It can be physically, mentally and emotionally demanding. And yet, for most of us, we absolutely love it. We're passionate about what we do. So, when it comes to vet nurses, who are we? How do we achieve greatness in our work? What brings us together as a group, and what sets us apart from other people?
Radio Vet Nurse is our way to start a dialogue around these questions and to create a space where we can tell our story.
Yvonne - Small Animal Internal Medicine
In this episode I caught up with fellow podcaster Yvonne Brandenburg RVT, VTS (SAIM) from Internal Medicine for Vet Techs. Yvonne is the creator of an online community of like-minded nurses and techs with an interest in the medicine side of vet med.
Yvonne is a self-confessed type A person, always expanding her brain, always reaching towards the infinite possibilities. We spoke about the need to look after ourselves, remembering to be in the moment, and finding a renewed passion for our careers through continuing education and niching down.
Yvonne has her VTS in small animal internal medicine, as does her partner in crime Jordan from Internal Medicine for Vet Techs. Together they're doing something really special to elevate our profession and to help others reignite a love of what they do. I'll put a link in the show notes to their online RACE approved learning community and their podcast. They're both amazing technicians and lovely people, so be sure to drop by and say hi to them on social media or through their website.
Find Internal Medicine for Vet Techs on:
Yvonne listens to these podcasts:
• Radio Vet Nurse
• Vet Tech Café
• Anaesthesia Nerds
• Cat Disgusted
• Amy Porterfield
We also discussed the viscoelastigram (VCM) which is a cool machine that measures the clot formation and breakdown. Read more at eClin Path and here is the machine Yvonne uses
Victoria Koks - Be Your Best Self
In this episode I caught up with someone who always leaves me feeling sparkly and motivated - Vic. Where do we start? Vic is Australia's first VTS Nutrition and she exudes intelligence and self-awareness. She was almost literally born and raised in a vet clinic.
Vic has a rare combination of clinical skills teamed with an intimate understanding of the veterinary business. If you're working in a leadership position or someone with an interest in nutrition, you're going to get a lot from this interview. In fact, anyone needing a little oomph to get them across the finish line of crazy old 2020 will get a lot from Vic. That's why I decided not to edit this interview down - even though we went a bit overtime - because it's not every day that I get to pick this wonderful brain.
I'm excited to share Vic's strategies and insight about how to not just survive but thrive in our careers. She also reminded me of that simple goal we can sometimes overlook - be your best self.
Vic listens to the following podcasts:
- The Tony Robbins podcast
- Mindset by design by Andy Murphy
- Game of Grow
- Mindset Mentor
- Female Start-up Club
- Pretty big deal by Ashley Graham
- Veterinary innovation podcast
We discussed how to access help and support:
- Crampton Consulting COVID-19 Resource Hub
- Nadine Hamilton
- AVA 24hr hotline
- VNCA wellness hub
- Beyond Blue
Reach out to Vic on Insta @victoriakoksvts or via email email@example.com
Bonus - Podcast Mashup
You're listening to Radio Vet Nurse but not as you know it. In this bonus podcast mash up episode I had the pleasure of catching up with my veterinary podcast buddies. We decided to come together to say happy vet nurse day, happy vet tech week, and to check in with each other on vet life in the global pandemic. And - spoiler alert - vet life during covid19 has been crazy busy everywhere.
If you listened to our last group episode you'll know my veterinary podcast friends Yvonne and Jordan from Internal Medicine For Vet Techs, Jeff and Dave from Vet Tech Cafe, Tasha from Veterinary Anesthesia Nerds, and Dr Lewis and Dr Robbie from Two Vets Talk Pets. Make sure you check out their shows too, I'll put links in the show notes and on social media.
To my fellow Aussie listeners, happy vet nurse day! To all of you in the states, happy veterinary technician week. And to vet nurses, vet techs, veterinary assistants and students everywhere, I hope you're managing OK during these crazy times.
● Jordan Porter, RVT, LVT, VTS SAIM and Yvonne Brandenburg, RVT, VTS SAIM from Internal Medicine For Vet Techs
● Cat Robinson, RVN, BA, LLB from Radio Vet Nurse
● Jeff Backus CVT, RVT, VTS (ECC) and Dave Cowan BA, CVT, VTS (ECC) from Vet Tech Café
● Tasha McNerney BS, CVT, CVPP, VTS (Anesthesia) from Veterinary Anesthesia Nerds
● Dr Lewis Kirkham BVSc MRCVS MANZCVS (Animal Behaviour) and Dr Robbie Anderton BVSc MANCVS (Small Animal Medicine) from Two Vets Talk Pets
Jane Bindloss - Never give up, never surrender!
Ever since I started this podcast, people have been asking me to interview today's guest. I wanted to wait until we could meet and record in person, but since we're all grounded by covid19 for who knows how long, I decided that online would have to do for now.
You might have heard of my guest, Jane Bindloss. Jane qualified as a veterinary nurse in the UK and eventually owned and managed a practice with her vet husband in Melbourne. She now runs SANE Veterinary Management with Sally Boyle, helping veterinary practices through leadership, coaching, and a push for the positive culture workplace.
She's a founding member of the VNCA who has used her Jack Russell Terrier ways as a force for good in our industry. As you will learn from Jane, the unassuming Jack Russell Terrier should be a spirit animal for all of us. And as you call upon this dogged determination and cling to whatever it is you're fighting for in life, remember Jane's mantra "Never give up, never surrender!"
• SANE Veterinary Management http://sanevetmanagement.com.au/
o Contact Jane on 0418 176 170 or firstname.lastname@example.org
o Blunt Dissection with Dr Dave Nicol
o The Cone of Shame with Dr Andy Roark https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/the-cone-of-shame-veterinary-podcast/id1483387715
o The Uncharted Veterinary Podcast with Dr Andy Roark https://podcasts.apple.com/bh/podcast/the-uncharted-veterinary-podcast/id1449897688
o Conversations with Richard Fidler https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/conversations/
• The 4-eyes drug control system by Dr Andy Roark https://drandyroark.com/what-do-we-do-about-suicide/
• Time management tools such as:
o Covey's grid http://www.planetofsuccess.com/blog/2015/stephen-coveys-time-management-matrix-explained/
o Esso's StepBack 5 x 5 https://www.safetyrisk.net/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/12/StepBack_5x5.pdf
• AVNAT https://www.vnca.asn.au/avnat/
Jeff - The Vet Tech Cafe
In this episode I caught up with Jeff Backus, veterinary technician and fellow podcaster. Jeff and his mate Dave host one of my favourite podcasts, the Vet Tech Café, so it was super fun to put him on the on the other side of the mic for a change.
We talked about his career path from being a veterinary assistant in a GP practice to VTS in Emergency and Critical Care. He's been quite involved with academia throughout this career too having worked as adjunct professor, and currently working at Tufts University mainly in ICU.
If you enjoy this episode, the dulcet tones of Jeff's voice, and his considered insight, then make sure you head over to The Vet Tech Café and have a listen. As always I will put a link in the show notes, or just search The Vet Tech Café in your podcast app. And, you're welcome.
• The Vet Tech Café
• The Vetcorder
• The Calm app
• The Headspace app
• Uprise EAP
Michelle - Bloody Motivated
In this episode I caught up with Michelle, who has been recommended for the show many times. Michelle coordinates the blood bank at the Animal Hospital at Murdock. This is just one of many interesting phases of Michelle's career including working as a zoo vet nurse and qualified zoo keeper, and volunteering on a bear rescue sanctuary in remote Vietnam.
Michelle has some great advice on how to be a career veterinary nurse, including being strategic about career jumps, moves, side steps and even exit plans. And this of course is the secret to staying fresh and motivated in your career.
I really enjoyed interviewing Michelle and feel like we only just scratched the surface of what she has to say. Michelle is happy for anyone to reach out to her with questions about blood banking in practice, so I'll put a link to the Animal Hospital at Murdock in the show notes.
We also discussed:
• Michelle did her fear free training with Fear Free
• Serena Dean from a previous episode also has a fear free training platform called Stress Free Pets
• Perth Zoo
• Free the Bears
• Contact Michelle via the Animal Hospital at Murdock