9 episodes

Sick As A Dog is a podcast series about an industry in crisis - a crisis that is killing the people who care for our animals. Whether you are a pet owner, wildlife lover, consumer of animal products or work in the industry, this is for you and about you. It is a whole of community issue, that without change could have dire consequences for us all. This is a deep dive into the mental health crisis in the vet profession. It shines a spotlight on the many challenges, but also explores the potential solutions that exist - solutions that you and I are very much a part of.

Sick As A Dog Caroline Winter

    • Society & Culture

Sick As A Dog is a podcast series about an industry in crisis - a crisis that is killing the people who care for our animals. Whether you are a pet owner, wildlife lover, consumer of animal products or work in the industry, this is for you and about you. It is a whole of community issue, that without change could have dire consequences for us all. This is a deep dive into the mental health crisis in the vet profession. It shines a spotlight on the many challenges, but also explores the potential solutions that exist - solutions that you and I are very much a part of.

    Episode 8 Sophie's Legacy

    Episode 8 Sophie's Legacy

    As the saying goes, sometimes the end is just the beginning.

    For Kate and Garry Putland, losing their daughter Sophie to suicide was the start of their campaign to make the veterinary profession safer for other vets, so no other family would go through what they have.

    Sophie’s Legacy is on the cusp of being launched, and it is focused on how we can help save lives. But there are also solutions to the vet crisis, from the profession itself, and calls for governments to step in and finally play a part in recognising and resourcing an industry which provides a whole lot of public good.

    Sick As A Dog investigates an industry in crisis – uncovering issues and seeking solutions. As community members, pet owners, meat eaters and wildlife lovers these issues affect us all. Discover how we can all be part of the change.

    REMINDER: Take care when listening. If you or anyone you know needs help, please reach out. In Australia you can contact Lifeline by phone on 13 11 14 (24/7); Lifeline via text on 0477 13 11 14 (24/7); Suicide Callback Service 1300 659 467.

    GET IN TOUCH

    This is a PodTalk independent production. To get in touch, please email caroline@podtalk.com.au or to find more information www.sickasadogpodcast.com.au

    CREDITS

    Host:
    Caroline Winter

    With thanks to:
    Kate and Garry Putland
    Dr Kristen Steele
    The many vets, vet nurses and vet staff I spoke to at the Australian Veterinary Association conference

    ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

    Sophie’s Legacy sophieslegacy.com
    The Australian Veterinary Association ava.com.au

    Transcript Episode 8 Sophie’s Legacy

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    • 44 min
    Episode 7 Outside Looking In

    Episode 7 Outside Looking In

    Jack Levitt isn’t a vet, he’s a guy who lost a mate. And when Dr Flynn Hargreaves took his life, it sent Jack on a search for answers. He started Flynn’s Walk and Flynn’s Talk to honour his friend’s memory, encourage conversations and spread awareness of the mental health challenges faced by veterinarians.

    He is just one of the growing band of grassroots campaigners ‘outside’ of the vet profession who are trying to do their bit, to bring about change and help make the profession that his friend dedicated his life to, a safer place to be, while reminding those who rely on vets, just how valued they are.

    Sick As A Dog investigates an industry in crisis – uncovering issues and seeking solutions. As community members, pet owners, meat eaters and wildlife lovers these issues affect us all. Discover how we can all be part of the change.

    REMINDER: Take care when listening. If you or anyone you know needs help, please reach out. In Australia you can contact Lifeline by phone on 13 11 14 (24/7); Lifeline via text on 0477 13 11 14 (24/7); Suicide Callback Service 1300 659 467.

    GET IN TOUCH

    This is a PodTalk independent production. To get in touch, please email caroline@podtalk.com.au or to find more information www.sickasadogpodcast.com.au

    CREDITS

    Host: Caroline Winter

    With thanks to:

    Jack Levitt, founder Flynn’s Walk
    Peter Hargreaves
    Kate and Garry Putland
    Hannah Reintals
    Sophie’s Crew

    ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

    Flynn’s Walk www.flynnswalk.com.au
    Flynn’s Talk https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/flynns-talk/id1510105118
    Love Your Pet, Love Your Pet https://www.loveyourpetloveyourvet.com.au/
    Dr Nadine Hamilton https://www.positivepsychsolutions.com.au/
    Sophie’s Legacy sophieslegacy.com

    Transcript Episode 7 Outside Looking In

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    • 25 min
    Episode 6 Back to the Beginning

    Episode 6 Back to the Beginning

    Have you studied long and hard or witnessed someone in the thick of it? Then you’ll know how stressful it can be. But what if it was so psychologically damaging that it turned you off the career you had longed for? That’s what happened to veterinary student Claire Bensted.

    "I didn't realise that I was going to struggle with mental health during the degree. I thought that was a problem for later Claire.”

    And she’s not alone. Vets are clever, compassionate people. Given the score and years of study required to become one, many are driven perfectionists too. These are great qualities for future animal patients, but high personal expectations can bring stress. In a profession littered with confronting moments – from the classroom to the clinic – what needs to change too make sure it doesn’t become too much to bear?

    Sick As A Dog investigates an industry in crisis – uncovering issues and seeking solutions. As community members, pet owners, meat eaters and wildlife lovers these issues affect us all. Discover how we can all be part of the change.

    REMINDER: Take care when listening. If you or anyone you know needs help, please reach out. In Australia you can contact Lifeline by phone on 13 11 14 (24/7); Lifeline via text on 0477 13 11 14 (24/7); Suicide Callback Service 1300 659 467.

    GET IN TOUCH

    This is a PodTalk independent production. To get in touch, please email caroline@podtalk.com.au or to find more information www.sickasadogpodcast.com.au

    CREDITS

    Host: Caroline Winter

    With thanks to:
    Professor Wayne Hein, former Dean of Roseworthy at Adelaide University and head of the School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences
    Claire Bensted – vet student Adelaide University
    Angelique Cahill – vet student Adelaide University
    Teagan van Gaans – vet student Adelaide University
    Rory Speirs – vet student Adelaide University

    ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

    The University of Adelaide School of Veterinary Science
    Charles Sturt University’s Odyssey Program
    The Australian Veterinary Association ava.com.au
    Sophie’s Legacy Sophie’s Legacy sophieslegacy.com

    Transcript Episode 6 Back to the Beginning

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    • 28 min
    Episode 5 Who's Responsible

    Episode 5 Who's Responsible

    Vets take an oath to treat and care for all animals. But while there’s someone to pick up the tab for pets and livestock needing medical care – koalas, kangaroos, echidnas and the rest, don’t come with a credit card or a purse – so who’s footing the bill?

    Vets treat wildlife for free. That’s on top of their normal client list, usually at the last minute, often at the end of a long day and sometimes in the middle of the night. But is it reasonable that they cop the extra work without receiving a cent – or paying for it themselves?

    Sick As A Dog investigates an industry in crisis – uncovering issues and seeking solutions. As community members, pet owners, meat eaters and wildlife lovers these issues affect us all. Discover how we can all be part of the change.

    REMINDER: Take care when listening. If you or anyone you know needs help, please reach out. In Australia you can contact Lifeline by phone on 13 11 14 (24/7); Lifeline via text on 0477 13 11 14 (24/7); Suicide Callback Service 1300 659 467.

    GET IN TOUCH

    This is a PodTalk independent production. To get in touch, please email caroline@podtalk.com.au or to find more information www.sickasadogpodcast.com.au

    CREDITS

    Host: Caroline Winter

    With thanks to:
    Dr Bree Talbot, Foundation vet Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital
    Dr Warwick Vale, equine vet and past president Australian Veterinary Association

    ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

    Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital https://byronbaywildlifehospital.org/ https://www.linkedin.com/company/byron-bay-wildlife-hospital/ https://www.instagram.com/byronbaywildlife/ https://www.facebook.com/byronbaywildlifehospital/ The Australian Veterinary Association ava.com.au
    Sophie’s Legacy Sophie’s Legacy sophieslegacy.com

    Transcript Episode 5 Who’s Responsible

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    • 31 min
    Episode 4 Critical Shortage

    Episode 4 Critical Shortage

    Working as a vet in regional Australia is a no brainer for Dr Tiaan Gobius, but he’s in the minority. The vet shortage across Australia is critical beyond the city limits – clinics are closing, leaving towns without animal doctors, and the practices that remain, are under even more pressure.

    The bigger picture though is that animal welfare and biosecurity are under threat because of the shortage – so how do we lure more vets to rural and regional areas – the tropical regions, the rural outback and the most remote of places – before it’s too late?

    Sick As A Dog investigates an industry in crisis – uncovering issues and seeking solutions. As community members, pet owners, meat eaters and wildlife lovers these issues affect us all. Discover how we can all be part of the change.

    REMINDER: Take care when listening. If you or anyone you know needs help, please reach out. In Australia you can contact Lifeline by phone on 13 11 14 (24/7); Lifeline via text on 0477 13 11 14 (24/7); Suicide Callback Service 1300 659 467.

    GET IN TOUCH

    This is a PodTalk independent production. To get in touch, please email caroline@podtalk.com.au or to find more information www.sickasadogpodcast.com.au

    CREDITS

    Host: Caroline Winter

    With thanks to:
    Dr Graham Lauridsen and the Tropical Vets Atherton team
    Dr Tiaan Gobius – new graduate
    Alina O’Connor – vet student
    Pixabay News Report Theme

    ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

    Tropial Vets https://www.tropicalvets.com.au/
    Sophie’s Legacy Sophie’s Legacy sophieslegacy.com

    Transcript Episode 4 Critical Shortage

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    • 30 min
    Episode 3 In Their Shoes

    Episode 3 In Their Shoes

    They get kicked, bitten, spat on and some spend their days with their arm up an animal’s rectum. But have you ever wondered what it’s like on the frontline for veterinarians? The thrill of complex animal medicine and those life and death moments.

    Let’s take a walk in their shoes and spend a night at an emergency animal hospital where vets and vet nurses work hard and fast to save lives, solve problems, all while dealing with the pressures of an industry in crisis.

    Sick As A Dog investigates an industry in crisis – uncovering issues and seeking solutions. As community members, pet owners, meat eaters and wildlife lovers these issues affect us all. Discover how we can all be part of the change.

    REMINDER: Take care when listening. If you or anyone you know needs help, please reach out. In Australia you can contact Lifeline by phone on 13 11 14 (24/7); Lifeline via text on 0477 13 11 14 (24/7); Suicide Callback Service 1300 659 467.

    GET IN TOUCH

    This is a PodTalk independent production. To get in touch, please email caroline@podtalk.com.au or to find more information www.sickasadogpodcast.com.au

    CREDITS

    Host: Caroline Winter

    With thanks to:
    Adelaide Animal Emergency Referral Centre
    Diane Whatling
    Dr Helen Palm
    Dr Sloane Abraham
    Vet nurse Amy
    The family of Chooch the Pomeranian
    Pixabay News Report Theme

    ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

    Adelaide Animal Emergency Referral Centre AAERC
    The Australian Veterinary Association ava.com.au

    Transcript Episode 3 In Their Shoes

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    • 30 min

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