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Vet Tech Cafe - Dr. Andy Roark Episode

Vet Tech Cafe - Dr. Andy Roark Episode

June 26, 2022

Caffeinators-are you ready?! If you're at all active on social media, you're familiar with Dr. Andy Roark. Be it for Uncharted, the Cone of Shame podcast, or just his funny posts, if you've found us, you're probably familiar with him. We don't interview many veterinarians at the Vet Tech Cafe, and there's a reason for that. We want to discuss issues in OUR field with leaders IN our field. There are occasions though when those issues may involve DVM's and that's where this episode stems from. We all know Dr. Andy Roark highly values his entire veterinary team, including his veterinary technicians. In this episode, we found out why that is and why it's important to him to educate his DVM colleagues about it, why technician utilization is so important to him, and how it can really benefit his colleagues, but then we also discuss how to build the trust in that relationship from our side. Because let's be real-just because we are credentialed technicians don't mean DVM's should trust us to do everything on our first day. We certainly don't trust brand-new DVM's in that manner, do we? This is a very wide-ranging episode with loads of golden nuggets sprinkled throughout. We really think you'll enjoy this one!

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Show Links:

Exam Room Communication Toolkit: https://drandyroark.com/on-demand-staff-training/

Uncharted: https://unchartedvet.com/

Cone of Shame Podcast: https://drandyroark.com/podcast/

 

 

Vet Tech Cafe - Alli Butler Episode

Vet Tech Cafe - Alli Butler Episode

June 12, 2022

Caffeinators, have you ever had an idea for a veterinary product or invention but you had know idea to make that a reality? Or perhaps an improvement on an existing product that you know could be better but never knew what to do? Then this is the episode for you! As veterinary technicians, we're quite resourceful and possess great powers of ingenuity when it comes to connecting tubes to machines, or just making stuff work. That's where Alli Butler, RVT, with MILA International comes in! Jeff worked with her for a couple years at the veterinary school at Tufts University while Alli was working on her biomedical engineering degree. She has since been hired as a biomedical engineer at MILA working on these exact things-how to create products that will make our jobs easier. This discussion takes us through her path to MILA (you'll love this story!), what her job looks like there, projects she's working on, and the incredible CE program they've started. If you're going to be at ACVIM later this month, make sure to stop by the MILA booth and say hi to Alli and let her know you heard her on the Vet Tech Cafe and thank them for supporting veterinary technicians!

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If you would like to help us cover our podcast expenses, we'd appreciate any support you give through Patreon. We do this podcast and our YouTube channel content to support the veterinary technicians out there and do not expect anything in return! We thank you for all you do. 🐾

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Dog Days Consulting - https://dogdaysconsulting.com/

Episode Links:

https://www.milainternational.com/

Alli's Email: alli.butler@milaint.com

 

Vet Tech Taproom Episode 19

Vet Tech Taproom Episode 19

June 5, 2022

Welcome to the Vet Tech Taproom!  For this episode, we recap our Mental Health Awareness/Substance Use Disorder episodes.  We give a few teasers about our next couple episodes too. The second half of this episode we discuss paternity leave in our field. We would LOVE to hear your thoughts on the topic.  Jeff is wondering if there is a stigma attached to paternity leave. Leave your thoughts in the comment section here and let us know what you think!

Vet Tech Cafe - Haesue Jo Episode

Vet Tech Cafe - Haesue Jo Episode

May 29, 2022

As we wrap up our #mentalhealthawarenessmonth series, we thought it would be invaluable to talk with a mental health professional to finish off the series. Through our partnership with Better Help (link below), we were able to be put in contact with Haesue Jo, MA, and have a discussion about veterinary professionals, mental health, and substance use disorder from her perspective. In this episode, we discuss some of the unique traits of veterinary professionals that may pre-dispose them to mental health struggles and/or addiction, lax controlled substance monitoring in our field and the role that may play, and how to look out for concerning signs of addiction in our colleagues and actionable steps of what to do if that may be of concern-SPOILER ALERT- it isn't just confronting the person. We also discuss some of the resources that are available. This discussion was a perfect cap to our Mental Health Awareness Month Series for 2022, and we're grateful to Haesue for her time and her insight. Visit the links below for resources and information. Be well, Caffeinators. 

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If you would like to help us cover our podcast expenses, we'd appreciate any support you give through Patreon. We do this podcast and our YouTube channel content to support the veterinary technicians out there and do not expect anything in return! We thank you for all you do. 🐾

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Dog Days Consulting - https://dogdaysconsulting.com/

Episode Links:

Shanti Program:  https://www.shanti.org/programs-services/veterinary-mental-health-initiative/

Not One More Vet: https://www.nomv.org/

Better Help:  https://betterhelp.com/vettechcafe

 

Vet Tech Cafe - Cat Walker Episode

Vet Tech Cafe - Cat Walker Episode

May 15, 2022

Caffeinators, welcome back for the second episode in our Mental Health Awareness Month series, May 2022. For this episode, we caught up with Cat Walker, Bachelor of International Studies (Hons 1), Bachelor of Laws, Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, Registered Veterinary Nurse, from way down under in Australia! You may know Cat as Radio Vet Nurse, and Jeff has been a guest on her podcast. Cat's world turned upside down in late 2020, as her veterinarian husband battled substance use disorder. Cat talks about how she navigated, and continues to navigate, this difficult process and how things changed in the blink of an eye. She talks about his path forward, but also her own, and how her personal and professional life were altered as a result of his struggles. She discusses how getting help for herself was vital in her path forward and how the stresses she was experiencing as a result of all of this affected her health and wellness. This episode looks at substance abuse from a slightly different angle from our last episode, yet, still analyzes the veterinary field input on this problem. Newsflash: It's not just limited to struggles in this profession in the US. It's a global struggle. If you, or someone you love, are struggling with addiction or substance abuse, please visit the links below for further information. 

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If you would like to help us cover our podcast expenses, we'd appreciate any support you give through Patreon. We do this podcast and our YouTube channel content to support the veterinary technicians out there and do not expect anything in return! We thank you for all you do. 🐾

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Dog Days Consulting - https://dogdaysconsulting.com/

Episode Links:

https://www.radiovetnurse.com/

https://www.facebook.com/radiovetnurse/

 

Vet Tech Cafe - Amber LaRock Episode #2

Vet Tech Cafe - Amber LaRock Episode #2

May 1, 2022

Hey Caffeinators, welcome to our series for Mental Health Awareness Month, May 2022. Our episodes this month will be centered around substance abuse and addiction as it relates to members of our profession. Our first episode is with a previous guest you may remember, Amber LaRock, LVT. Amber was a guest in our first year, where she talked about living and working abroad. Through her work and her social media channels, she's been very honest and outspoken regarding her struggles with mental health and alcoholism and she was gracious enough to have this conversation with us, for you, to kick off our May series. In this episode, we discuss her struggle with alcoholism and how that led to abuse of other substances, what led to that, the difficulties of this profession and the role that played, and then finally, her path to sobriety and what that period of her life has looked like. We ponder how prevalent this may be in our field as often in hindsight, signs were visible, but in the present may not be so obvious. We think this is an episode that will hit home for a lot of people. Please visit the resources below if you, or a loved one (and tune in for our next episode if that applies to you), is struggling with addiction and needs help. Seize the awkward and start the conversation.

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Vet Tech Taproom Episode 18

Vet Tech Taproom Episode 18

April 24, 2022

Welcome to the Vet Tech Taproom, where everybody knows your name and is glad to see you! In this episode of the Taproom, Dave and Jeff preview the Vet Tech Cafe episodes for our upcoming series for Mental Health Awareness Month in May. We will be releasing three episodes surrounding addiction and substance abuse in our field. Additionally, we discuss another recent loss of life to suicide in the veterinary world and think out loud about change. There's a lot to unpack as we head into our May series, and this gives you a bit of a head start.

Vet Tech Cafe - Rhonda Bell Episode

Vet Tech Cafe - Rhonda Bell Episode

April 17, 2022

We've met a lot of people at the Vet Tech Cafe we likely wouldn't have crossed paths with for any other reason, and one of those is our latest guest, Rhonda Bell. Rhonda is a former veterinary assistant who became a Certified Veterinary Practice Manager, but had to pivot her career due to a medical diagnosis and go in a new direction. As a result, Dog Days Consulting was born and Rhonda takes us through that journey. She also gives us some unique insight into the veterinary technician profession through her lens from the "outside". The bulk of the episode is spent discussing branding-what that means for both individuals and hospitals, how to start, tips and tricks, and common pitfalls as well. Think having a "brand" isn't for you? Spoiler alert-you're building your "brand" every day and she explains how and why it's important to realize that. You're really gonna like this one.

To learn more about Rhonda check out her links below: 

Dog Days Consulting- Social Media Brand Consulting

Email: rhonda@dogdaysconsulting.com 

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Vet Tech Cafe - Ashli Selke Episode

Vet Tech Cafe - Ashli Selke Episode

April 3, 2022

Well Caffeinators, it's that time of year again! It's time to check in with the NAVTA President and talk about all things NAVTA and what they're working on. This year, that's Ashli Selke, RVT, CVT! We spent some time discussing her path, which she is incredibly authentic and transparent about. We also discussed the recent NAVTA demographic survey, title protection, the NAVTA Leadership Summit, and the Consumer Awareness Campaign they are working on, and SO much more. This episode goes a bit longer than most because we cover A LOT of ground in this one!  We could've talked about so much more and for many more hours, but we got a really unique insight into the goings-on in our profession from a very macro level. Make sure you listen to this one-it is PACKED with tons of great discussion.

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If you would like to help us cover our podcast expenses, we'd appreciate any support you give through Patreon. We do this podcast and our YouTube channel content to support the veterinary technicians out there and do not expect anything in return! We thank you for all you do. 🐾

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Dog Days Consulting - https://dogdaysconsulting.com/

Episode Links:

https://www.navta.net/

https://www.navta.net/news/navta-report-shows-title-protection-for-veterinary-technician-is-needed-and-desired-but-absent-and-misunderstood-in-most-states/

https://www.avma.org/news/navta-calls-better-protection-veterinary-technician-title?fbclid=IwAR1UvaBwF-JJ6qYYbNFZn1jQdwpmVMXG4aQxmDtRiZEw8zm3hN5PJIJ4BAM

https://veterinarynurse.org/

 

Vet Tech Cafe - Lori Balliet Episode

Vet Tech Cafe - Lori Balliet Episode

March 20, 2022

Caffeinators, it's time to talk Clinical Pathology! As you're well aware, we want to talk to a representative of each VTS academy to talk about all the cool things technicians do in that specialty. We reached out to the Academy of Veterinary Clinical Pathology Technicians (AVCPT) and got in touch with Lori Balliet, CVT, VTS(Clin Path) to talk about all things clan path! This was a fascinating conversation centered around the work she did in designing the hospital laboratory she manages for a 40+ DVM practice, being the SECOND credentialed technician to have gained this VTS, and so much more about working in a lab. A lot of veterinary technicians do a lot of clinical pathology, and it's wonderful to hear from those that are making a career of doing just that! We think you'll really enjoy this one!

 

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If you would like to help us cover our podcast expenses, we'd appreciate any support you give through Patreon. We do this podcast and our YouTube channel content to support the veterinary technicians out there and do not expect anything in return! We thank you for all you do. 🐾

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Dog Days Consulting - https://dogdaysconsulting.com/

Episode Links:

https://www.avcpt.net/

 

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