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Is it impossible for veterinarians to aim for more balance? The Whole Veterinarian podcast is about sharing experiences and starting a dialogue about how we can grow as people and professionals. As a female equine solo practitioner, mother and business owner, I've seen the challenges that face us. Vets are some of the hardest working and most dedicated professionals out there; together, let’s learn how to develop a life we love.

The Whole Veterinarian Stacey Cordivano, DVM

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Is it impossible for veterinarians to aim for more balance? The Whole Veterinarian podcast is about sharing experiences and starting a dialogue about how we can grow as people and professionals. As a female equine solo practitioner, mother and business owner, I've seen the challenges that face us. Vets are some of the hardest working and most dedicated professionals out there; together, let’s learn how to develop a life we love.

    Well-being Solutions for Veterinarians featuring the Get MotiVETed Team

    Well-being Solutions for Veterinarians featuring the Get MotiVETed Team

    Well-being might be a word that is thrown around a lot lately, but Renee Machel and Dr. Quincy Hawley are dedicated to educating all veterinary professionals about ways to improve this aspect of their lives. They formed Get MotiVETed with the hopes of ending burnout and dissatisfaction in our vetmed world.

    Make sure to check out their new E-book in collaboration with Empowering Veterinary Teams, which can be found here!

    About the Get MotiVETed Team!
    Visit their website! Check out their Instagram and Facebook!
    Use code wholevet for 25% off anything from their website.

    Renee Machel is a nationally recognized wellbeing speaker, certified life coach, CYT 200 yoga instructor, mindfulness, and meditation guide. As the co-founder of Get MotiVETed she aims to provide a positive impact on people’s wellbeing and enhance the culture within organizations. She has spent nearly 20 years in the veterinary industry as a hospital leader and technician. 
    She now shares her personal story of overcoming wellbeing struggles and key teachings in managing personal and professional wellbeing and development. 
    Renee speaks and trains on many topics of well-being. ● Mindfulness ● Leadership ● Gratitude ● Self-Care ● Balanced Living ● Stress Management ● Holistic Personal/Professional Development 
    Additionally, she lives in NC with her blended family, welcoming their newest addition into the world this spring, and of course, her fur-kids Eli & Penelope. As a family, they spend much of their time racing motocross when she and her fiance are not wearing their ‘entrepreneur hats’. 
    Dr. Quincy Hawley is a 2013 graduate of NC State’s CVM. Dr. Hawley has 6 years of working in small animal general practice. He is the co-founder of Get MotiVETed LLC, a company that provides wellbeing solutions for veterinary professionals and organizations. He is a Certified Professional Coach, self-published self-help and fitness author. Dr. Hawley has experience coaching a variety of veterinary professionals including but not limited to veterinarians, practice managers, and various veterinary hospital support staff. 
    Dr. Hawley is also the president of the NC Association of Minority Veterinarians, a 501-3c non-profit organization with a purpose of improving diversity, inclusion, and cultural competency for the profession. Dr. Hawley volunteers his time as a member of NC State’s CVM admissions committee, and is currently serving his 3rd term doing so. 
    He lives in NC with his wife, 2 daughters, along with their 8 dogs, 1 calico cat and a handful of chickens!
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    Resources Mentioned in the Episode:
    -Inspirational Speakers that led Dr. Hawley to become a well-being speaker include Les Brown, Eric Thomas, Jim Rohn, Earl Nightingale and Tony Robbins.
    -The "Exploratory" podcast on GetMotiVETed University
    -Dr. Hawley's book recc
    -Renee's book recc

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    Ways to connect with The Whole Veterinarian!
    Instagram: @thewholeveterinarian
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thewholeveterinarian/
    Email: thewholeveterinarian@gmail.com
    www.thewholeveterinarian.com

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    • 41 min
    For Animals. For Earth.

    For Animals. For Earth.

    HAPPY EARTH DAY 2021! Do you need easy tips to create a more sustainable lifestyle? Would you love to do more for the planet but have no idea where to start? In this episode I'm speaking with Brandy Heyde Montague. She's the host of the For Animals. For Earth Podcast, which is all about sharing simple and actionable tips on how to change your lifestyle in a way that betters both animals and the environment. I am acutely aware of how important it is to do better to conserve our environmental resources but I lack the time to follow through with many of the generic ideas out there. Brandy is here to share some unique and thought-provoking ideas with us.

    More about Brandy Heyde Montague
    Brandy is the founder of For Animals. For Earth. and has been passionate about helping animals since she declared herself a vegetarian at three years old.  Growing up, she was a part of various animal welfare projects as an industrial engineer, a graphic designer, a community advocate, and an animal reiki teacher.  She started an eco conscious clothing line in 2016 to help animal interest groups, and through that discovered a second passion: saving the Earth.


    Brandy now runs For Animals. For Earth., a resource hub of simple ideas that anyone can try in their daily life to make a difference.  She hand paints the clothing sold in their Etsy shop and hosts a podcast called For Animals. For Earth., where she interviews creators and activists all over the world who are making a difference.  You can find the podcast streaming on all major platforms.


    Website (podcast, blog, shop): https://foranimalsforearth.com/


    Instagram (to connect): https://www.instagram.com/foranimalsforearth/


    Pinterest (1000's of simple ideas): https://www.pinterest.com/foranimalsforearth/


    5 Day Challenge (free jumpstart): https://foranimalsforearth.com/lifestylechallenge

    50 Simple Ideas E-Book
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    Topics we cover in this episode:
    -Skin Carisma ingredient analyzer
    -Paige Padgett's skincare book "The Green Beauty Rules"
    -EcoCert certification info
    -"These Travel Companies Created Tools to Help You Travel More Sustainably" from Travel and Leisure Magazine
    -"Ten Unique Places to Donate Toys" - ForAnimals.ForEarth. Blog post
    -A sound bath on the Insight Timer App from the group, Wakes
    -Try Wearwell, a sustainable clothing subscription
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    Ways to connect with The Whole Veterinarian!
    Instagram: @thewholeveterinarian
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thewholeveterinarian/
    Email: thewholeveterinarian@gmail.com
    www.thewholeveterinarian.com

    SIGN UP for the The Whole Veterinarian Newsletter HERE!

    • 26 min
    Setting Boundaries and Reducing Burnout in VetMed with Dr. Danielle Alleman

    Setting Boundaries and Reducing Burnout in VetMed with Dr. Danielle Alleman

    How do your boundaries hold up against the daily pressures of veterinary medicine? In this episode, Dr. Danielle Alleman of Empathos Vet shares how her struggles with setting firm boundaries quickly led her down the path toward burnout. Her own self-discovery and personal development has gotten her to a healthier place in veterinary medicine; she is now sharing tools for others to do the same through her online wellness platform, Empathos Vet. You'll hear us chat about how to set boundaries, what is self-compassion and how vet school is a starting place of many of our poor habits in these departments. 

    About Dr. Alleman
    Dr. Danielle Alleman, DVM is a small animal veterinarian, and founder of Empathos Veterinary Wellness. She created Empathos Vet in late 2020 in response to the increased challenges the veterinary profession has been facing, and is passionate about helping veterinary professionals embody wellbeing as a concept, rather than just a buzzword. Empathos Vet is a veterinary wellbeing platform focused on veterinary workplace culture on both an organizational and a personal level. Danielle uses her platform to talk about things like creating and maintaining healthy boundaries, self-compassion and self-care, healthy habits, improving communication between veterinary teams members as well as clients, and other mental health and wellbeing topics, all aimed at improving career satisfaction! She currently has online courses available for veterinary students and veterinarians, holds masterminds for veterinary professionals, and speaks to veterinary groups around the country about how they can shift their mindset and grow into a happier, healthier version of themselves.

    Instagram: @empathos.vet
    Facebook: Empathos Veterinary Wellness
    Email: danielle@empathosvet.com
    Better Together: Mastermind Group for small animal practitioners, accepting participants now until April 14, 2021!
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    References we made in this episode...
    Kristin Neff, PhD and her amazing websiteSelf-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself by Dr. Kristin Neff...

    Ways to connect with The Whole Veterinarian!
    Instagram: @thewholeveterinarian
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thewholeveterinarian/
    Email: thewholeveterinarian@gmail.com
    www.thewholeveterinarian.com

    SIGN UP for the The Whole Veterinarian Newsletter HERE!

    • 20 min
    Unconventional Leadership In Veterinary Medicine with Iggy Perillo

    Unconventional Leadership In Veterinary Medicine with Iggy Perillo

    Veterinarians are leaders whether we are prepared for this role or not. Leadership is certainly not taught to us in vet school but the nature of this profession forces us to learn a few skills on the job. In this episode, I speak with Iggy Perillo of WSL Leadership Coaching about some of the unique ways that veterinarians (especially associates!) might struggle with becoming a leader in the workplace. We end up diving into communication skills with team members and how to know when your efforts as a leader are not in alignment with the rest of your workplace team.
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    About Iggy Perillo
    Iggy cultivates masterminds for professionals and athletes in unique
    communities who are seeking excellence in their work, sport and life. She created WSL
    Leadership Coaching to develop leaders and teams who make the world a better
    place through enhanced connection, communication and trust. Iggy works with
    individuals, teams and organizations around the world helping them overcome
    challenges and function like champions.

    Work Sport Life Masterminds website
    Instagram: @wsl_leadership_coaching
    Facebook: @WSLLeadershipCoaching
    Pinterest: wslleadership
    LinkedIn: IggyPerillo
    Email:  Iggy@wslleadership.com
    Listen to Iggy's bonus episode on Mastermind Groups HERE!
    Iggy's Book Recommendations: Don't Shoot the Dog, Drive & Mindset

    New offerings from Iggy!
    -Email her to join an April Mastermind group
    -Leadership Ecosystem Lunch - a free gathering for heart-centered leaders to connect and rejuvenate (2nd Tuesdays 12-1 PT) Sign up at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/leadership-ecosystem-lunch-tickets-144539542663
    - Leadership Skills For Everyday Life Masterclass - Starting soon! Get info and on the waitlist at wslleadership.com/workshops
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    Ways to connect with The Whole Veterinarian!
    Instagram: @thewholeveterinarian
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thewholeveterinarian/
    Email: thewholeveterinarian@gmail.com
    www.thewholeveterinarian.com

    SIGN UP for the The Whole Veterinarian Newsletter HERE!

    • 23 min
    The Science of Gratitude featuring Dr. Katie Ford

    The Science of Gratitude featuring Dr. Katie Ford

    Katie graciously spent a bit of extra time talking with me about the psychological and social benefits of gratitude. Gratitude journaling is something that I have done regularly for the past year or so; it has made a monumental difference in my day-to-day outlook. Please have a listen and see if this might be something that you could work into your weekly routine.
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    Where to find Dr. Katie Ford
    -Her website
    -Her online course - Imposter Busters Lite (you can use code WHOLEVET to get 10% off!)
    -Buy her book on her site or on Amazon
    -Check out her new group coaching called Vet Empowered
    -Instagram @katiefordvet
    -LinkedIn
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    Stuff we discussed!
    -The Five Minute Journal
    -Katie also recommended the book Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl after we stopped recording!
    -Here's a recent article that Katie wrote on gratitude
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    Ways to connect with The Whole Veterinarian!
    Instagram: @thewholeveterinarian
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thewholeveterinarian/
    Email: thewholeveterinarian@gmail.com
    www.thewholeveterinarian.com

    SIGN UP for the The Whole Veterinarian Newsletter HERE!

    • 8 min
    When Imposter Syndrome Rears Its Ugly Head in Veterinary Medicine with Dr. Katie Ford

    When Imposter Syndrome Rears Its Ugly Head in Veterinary Medicine with Dr. Katie Ford

    Have you ever felt like you weren't qualified enough to be treating the animal standing in front of you? You are not alone.  Join me as I chat with Dr. Katie Ford about her experiences with imposter syndrome and why they led her to dive deep into  this topic. She is a wealth of information and I cannot thank her enough for sharing what she's learned along her journey.
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    About Dr. Ford
    My name is Katie, I live in beautiful Saddleworth just outside Manchester, UK. I'm a happy space-nerd, obsessed with Gary Vaynerchuk and I love racoons. Getting outside walking makes my heart glow, as does spending time with my partner and our two ridiculously fluffy cats. I love the gym, learning mountain biking, fitness and have done the odd mud run. I'm obsessed with gratitude, its anecdotal and more scientifically proven effects. I come up with new and crazy plans on the regular, and I am fascinated with human potential.
    I'm passionate about positive mindset techniques and helping others with them too; I trained as a coach, broadband consciousness trainer & cognitive behaviour therapy. I've also been mentored and still am, by one of Bob Proctor's top mindset coaches in the world, who I'm lucky to call a good friend. I'm also a vet, who works in small animal practice and has an advanced certificate in internal medicine, I've been lucky to be doing this for nine years now. ⁣
    Five years ago, this would have been a very different introduction. I would have started with "my name is Katie, and I'm a vet." All of my worth was on my job title; this was a double-edged sword. The profession is amazing, but I left all my hobbies behind. I became overworked (on my own terms), feeling like a fraud for any achievement and constantly chasing happiness. I put myself under more stress than clients, colleagues or patients ever did; I chased perfection constantly, staying longer and longer to disaster prevent. My brain looked for things that went wrong, and tortured me, however minuscule they appeared externally. It was mentally and physically unsustainable. I had achievements galore, everything external that I could want... but internally, I was in a civil war. I felt like one person went and achieved all this stuff externally, and then internally, I felt like a worthless fraud.⁣
    The good news was that through lots of methods, help from many sources, harnessing my thoughts, and recognising my personal value...my life is totally transformed. I've since started multiple businesses of my own & grown a social media following of over 12,000. You'll also find me speaking about imposter syndrome on many stages from WellVet to the Global Vet Career Summit, a myriad of podcasts, and recently keynote speaker at BVNA. In 2020, I published a book called "To an amazing vet", with versions for vet nurses and receptionists available too.
    I feel lucky every day to know the content that I post about, hence I constantly try to share what I have learned, and why I trained in these methods myself. I love to help people to reconnect with themselves, the real them, and that's not always who we think that we are.
    Where to find Dr. Ford
    -Her website
    -Her online course - Imposter Busters Lite (you can use code WHOLEVET to get 10% off!)
    -Buy her book on her site or on Amazon
    -Check out her new group coaching called Vet Empowered
    -Instagram @katiefordvet
    -LinkedIn

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

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25 Ratings

25 Ratings

MeredithJones ,

Fantastic topics and host!

I like to think of The Whole Veterinarian as a podcast that addresses vets as “whole” people. We all know that we are more than just our careers, but our daily lives don’t always reflect that. Stacey’s interviews and topic-based episodes help to give us a broader perspective.

Zak Kane ,

Great listen!

Fantastic stories and variety of guests that are really relatable to everyone. Highly recommend!

Juana Poareo ,

Not just for veterinarians

This is a terrific podcast that explores topics not only related to vets but to life in general. She has had a great roll with guests, and you gain so much insight from hearing them. Highly recommended for anyone interested in exploring beyond their own interests.

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