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My Veterinary Life

  • Behind the Scenes: Dr. Mike Adkesson's Journey from Zoo Veterinarian to Zoo CEO

    30 MAY 2024 · Our guest on this episode of My Veterinary Life Podcast is Dr. Mike Adkesson, President and CEO of Brookfield Zoo. Dr. Adkesson recounts his journey from a young zoo volunteer to a zoo veterinarian and eventually to his current executive role. He shares insights into the challenges and rewards of zoo medicine, emphasizing the importance of conservation and education. The episode also explores Brookfield Zoo's upcoming centennial and its plans for immersive animal habitats and conservation efforts. Dr. Adkesson's passion for his work and the zoo community's dedication to animal care and conservation are highlighted throughout the conversation.   Remember we want to hear from you! Please be sure to subscribe to our feed on Apple Podcasts and leave us a ratings and review. You can also contact us at mailto:MVLPodcast@avma.org Follow us on social media @AVMAVets #MyVetLife #MVLPodcast
    27m 56s
  • A Horse, Of Course: Dr. Chrissie Schneider's Journey through Equine Veterinary Medicine

    23 MAY 2024 · Our guest on this episode of My Veterinary Life Podcast is Dr. Chrissie Schneider. Dr. Schneider shares her transition from an equine medicine internship to her residency at Ohio State and then her transition to industry as a Senior Equine Professional Clinical Services Veterinarian with Merck Animal Health. She discusses the importance of understanding both animal care and client interactions, her path to becoming board-certified in equine practice, and her involvement in mentorship and sustainability initiatives within the equine veterinary community. The episode highlights the value of setting professional boundaries and advocating for oneself in the veterinary field. Remember we want to hear from you! Please be sure to subscribe to our feed on Apple Podcasts and leave us a ratings and review. You can also contact us at https://avma.org Follow us on social media @AVMAVets #MyVetLife #MVLPodcast
    29m 22s
  • From Argentina to the United States with Dr. Manuela Suarez

    16 MAY 2024 · Our guest on this week’s episode of My Veterinary Life Podcast is Dr. Manuela Suarez. Dr. Suarez graduated from veterinary school in Argentina and practiced there for several years. Recently, she relocated to New York and is currently working on her certification to practice in the United States. Dr. Suarez shares her educational background, the transition to the U.S., and the ins and outs of the U.S. certification process. She emphasizes the importance of community support and offers advice to others in similar situations. The episode highlights the fact that determination and positive attitude can take you a long way when facing challenging situations. Remember we want to hear from you! Please be sure to subscribe to our feed on Apple Podcasts and leave us a ratings and review. You can also contact us at https://avma.org Follow us on social media @AVMAVets #MyVetLife #MVLPodcast
    27m 1s
  • Exploring the Impact of Advanced Education Opportunities on Veterinary Practice

    9 MAY 2024 · In this episode of My Veterinary Life Podcast, co-hosts Drs. Marci Kirk and Annie Chavent discuss the advantages of pursuing advanced education opportunities. Dr. Chavent shares her experience and motivation for obtaining her MBA as well as the benefits she is already seeing from earning this degree. They also explore how an MBA can enhance career prospects in veterinary practice and delve into the considerations for selecting a program. Dr. Kirk shares about her recent experience at the Disney Institute for Leadership Excellence and why exploring education outside of the veterinary profession is a great option to explore. Let us know what educational opportunities you have pursued!  Remember we want to hear from you! Please be sure to subscribe to our feed on Apple Podcasts and leave us a ratings and review. You can also contact us at mailto:MVLPodcast@avma.org Follow us on social media @AVMAVets #MyVetLife #MVLPodcast
    33m 29s
  • Pawsitively Flexible: The Life of a Relief Veterinarian with Dr. Emily Nutt

    2 MAY 2024 · In this episode of My Veterinary Life Podcast, we are joined by Dr. Emily Nutt, an area clinical lead at IndeVets. Dr. Nutt shares her career journey from an equine intern to a small animal emergency vet, and now to a leader in veterinary relief organization. She discusses the benefits of relief practice, such as flexibility and the chance to impact various hospitals. Dr. Nutt also talks about the importance of mentorship, building relationships, and the support her team provides to independent veterinarians. The episode highlights the evolving nature of veterinary medicine and the diverse opportunities it offers. Remember we want to hear from you! Please be sure to subscribe to our feed on Apple Podcasts and leave us a ratings and review. You can also contact us at mailto:MVLPodcast@avma.org Follow us on social media @AVMAVets #MyVetLife #MVLPodcast
    26m 20s
  • Spreading Joy and Fun through Social Media and Connection with Sarah Parsons

    25 APR 2024 · In this episode of My Veterinary Life Podcast, Dr. Marci Kirk talks with Sarah Parsons, a licensed veterinary technician with a popular social media presence. They discuss Sarah's journey in veterinary medicine, her approach to creating positive and relatable content, and her methods for dealing with difficult situations in the clinic with compassion and empathy. Sarah shares her experiences with failure and resilience, particularly regarding her initial failure to pass the veterinary technician exam. The episode also covers the importance of laughter and support within the veterinary community. Additionally, Sarah introduces Camp Vet Med, a new event she's organizing to foster connections among veterinary professionals through fun activities and competitions. We are so excited to share this episode with you! Remember we want to hear from you! Please be sure to subscribe to our feed on Apple Podcasts and leave us a ratings and review. You can also contact us at mailto:MVLPodcast@avma.org Follow us on social media @AVMAVets #MyVetLife #MVLPodcast To learn more about Sarah and her initiatives such as Camp Vet Med please visit: https://vettechsarahparsons.com/camp-vet-med
    31m 20s
  • From Belugas to Sea Otters to Paperwork and so much more with Dr. Karisa Tang

    18 APR 2024 · In this episode of My Veterinary Life Podcast, we are joined by Dr. Karisa Tang. Dr. Tang is the Vice President of Animal Health at Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, IL. Dr. Tang discusses her path to veterinary medicine, her current role, and the joys and challenges of working with aquatic animals, including incredible stories about Baluga Whales and a heartwarming story about rescuing a baby sea otter. She offers advice to vet students interested in exotic animal medicine, emphasizing perseverance despite the competitive nature of the field. This is episode is guaranteed to leave you smiling! Remember we want to hear from you! Please be sure to subscribe to our feed on Apple Podcasts and leave us a ratings and review. You can also contact us at mailto:MVLPodcast@avma.org Follow us on social media @AVMAVets #MyVetLife #MVLPodcast
    23m 44s
  • From Heifer International to Veterinary School: Kyle Barron's Journey

    11 APR 2024 · In this episode of the My Veterinary Life podcast, we chat with Kyle Barron, a second-year vet student at Purdue University. Kyle discusses his early interest in veterinary medicine, his educational background in anthropology and biology, and how these disciplines intersect with his veterinary pursuits. He shares insights into vet school life, his leadership roles with SAVMA, and his efforts to enhance student communication, including starting a TikTok page and a podcast. Kyle also offers advice to combat imposter syndrome and underscores the value of self-confidence in the veterinary field. Remember we want to hear from you! Please be sure to subscribe to our feed on Apple Podcasts and leave us a ratings and review. You can also contact us at mailto:MVLPodcast@avma.org Follow us on social media @AVMAVets #MyVetLife #MVLPodcast
    22m 58s
  • From SAVMA President to AVMA President Elect and much more in between with Dr. Sandra Faeh

    4 APR 2024 · In this episode of My Veterinary Life Podcast, we are chatting with Dr. Sandra Faeh, AVMA President Elect and Chief Veterinary Officer at NVA. Throughout the conversation Dr. Sandra Faeh discusses her path in veterinary medicine, her leadership roles, and her advocacy for mentorship and professional development. We explore the challenges and responsibilities of veterinary leadership, emphasizing the importance of listening to diverse voices in the field. Dr. Faeh also shares her dedication to enhancing veterinary teams' lives. The episode underscores the significance of embracing new experiences, learning from mistakes, and prioritizing wellbeing in the veterinary profession. Remember we want to hear from you! Please be sure to subscribe to our feed on Apple Podcasts and leave us a ratings and review. You can also contact us at mailto:MVLPodcast@avma.org Follow us on social media @AVMAVets #MyVetLife #MVLPodcast
    25m 51s
  • One Path to Veterinary Leadership with Dr. Erin Casey

    28 MAR 2024 · In this episode of "My Veterinary Life," co-hosts Dr. Marci Kirk and Dr. Annie Chavent chat with guest Dr. Erin Casey about her path to veterinary medicine and her role on the AVMA Board of Directors. They delve into the duties of board members, the significance of mentorship, and the push for inclusive leadership. Dr. Casey shares her experiences from the AVMA Future Leaders Programs to AVMA Committees and House of delegates. They also discuss the travel and time commitments involved in various leadership roles. It’s a fun, engaging conversation and we can’t wait to share it with you!   Remember we want to hear from you! Please be sure to subscribe to our feed on Apple Podcasts and leave us a ratings and review. You can also contact us at mailto:MVLPodcast@avma.org Follow us on social media @AVMAVets #MyVetLife #MVLPodcast
    25m 53s

Tune in for inspiring stories from your colleagues across the profession. You’ll hear from guest veterinarians about the journeys, challenges – and often hilarious anecdotes – that got them to...

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Tune in for inspiring stories from your colleagues across the profession. You’ll hear from guest veterinarians about the journeys, challenges – and often hilarious anecdotes – that got them to where they are today. Come away with a fresh look at our veterinary community and a renewed excitement to embrace your veterinary journey. Hosted by Drs. Marci Kirk and Annie Chavent.
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