July 5, 2020
Taproom episode taken from our latest Instagram Live. We introduce our partnership with betterhelp.com and Jeff speaks on his COVID-19 scare he had this week (hoping for a negative test result!). Future episodes coming up will deal with some more mental health issues and some other career options that sound really intriguing. Our "Vet Tech Cafe Positives" this episode are centered around education and steps we're making towards change and equality. To watch the video of this episode you can find it on our IG page @vettechcafepodcast
Rita's Instagram https://www.instagram.com/_tru2myself/
Yale's Open Free course on African American History https://oyc.yale.edu/african-american-studies/afam-162
June 28, 2020
In this episode, we share a cup of coffee with Shauna Sherick, LVT. She reached out to us a few months ago about being a guest on The Vet Tech Cafe to talk about running a sanctuary. We loved the idea, and we were able to finally connect and we're glad we did.
Shauna runs the Wildwood Farm Sanctuary and Wildwood Conservancy in Oregon. She currently cares for over 100 animals at the farm sanctuary with the help of several volunteers, and she also still practices full-time as an LVT at a small animal hospital. Many of us have thought about running a farm or a sanctuary or a rescue, so grab a cup of coffee and listen to our discussion about what all that entails!
To sponsor an animal at the Wildwood Farm Sanctuary: https://wildwoodfarmsanctuary.org/uncategorized/become-a-monthly-sponsor/
June 14, 2020
As you well know, a big part of the Vet Tech Cafe is to highlight veterinary technicians who are forging careers in areas of veterinary medicine outside of a typical clinical setting and our next two shows accentuate that. In this episode of the Vet Tech Cafe, Emily Roberts, LVT, stops by for a cup of coffee and to talk about starting her own business, Horizon Traveling Vet Tech. She does a lot of in-home care, becoming an extension of a primary care veterinarian and providing different levels of in-home care, from basic preventive care, to end of life or hospice care. She explains how she's getting her business going through networking and what she would like Horizon to become. Emily also appeared in episodes of the hit TV show on Animal Planet called "A Vet Life", and she shares her experience of working in the hospital while a TV show was being filmed. So get yourself a cup of coffee and come join us!
June 8, 2020
In our final episode for #mentalhealthawarenessmonth, we recap our May episodes dealing with mental health issues. Jeff shares some personal stories about his recent struggles and his path towards fixing them. This is the audio from our Instagram Live broadcast that we recorded on 6/6.
We want to thank our guests from May, Joe Defulio, Beth Armstrong, and Kim Spelts for sharing their stories and helping us to #beatthestigma.
May 31, 2020
This episode is our final installment of our series for #mentalhealthawarenessmonth and we take a dive into living with depression with Kim Spelts, BS, CVT, VTS(Anesthesia/Analgesia). She walks us through her battle and talks about the personal and professional effects depression has had on her. We talk about how she began to recognize it, face it, and overcome it. From music to meditation and apps to therapy, she talks about many of the different things that have helped along the way. She gave us some really great analogies of mental health in comparison to other conditions people live with, to hopefully #beatthestigma Another idea Kim wanted to pass along that we didn't talk about is journaling. She says it helps her build her self-awareness, foster her creativity, and give her some clarity. If you find yourself battling depression, compassion fatigue, or burnout, #makethecall You are worth it.
Ani DeFranco - "Allergic to Water" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLQI0xUzfZQ
May 17, 2020
In this installment of the Vet Tech Cafe, we interview Beth Armstrong, CVT, RVT, CFE, CCFP, CTP, who is now a Practice Consultant for AAHA. Our paths first crossed with Beth in 2013 when we were all in the same study group for the AVECCTN exam (best study group of all time, IMO). It was great to catch up and hear what she's been doing, as her career has taken a very different path from ours since that time. As May is #mentalhealthawarenessmonth we continue our discussions with those that are helping to decrease the stigma that surrounds the issue. We'd also like to wish Beth a happy birthday, as this episode is being released on her birthday-so make sure to say Happy Birthday in the comments and show her some support by downloading her episode! Lastly, we want to thank AAHA for their generous support of this episode-when they heard Beth was going to be coming by the Vet Tech Cafe for a cup of coffee, they stepped up to sponsor this episode so you'll hear a roughly 20-second ad near the middle. We'll be talking about AAHA's culture initiative as well, which aims to promote a healthy workplace culture in their hospitals.
April 26, 2020
In this episode we talked with Amy Newfield, CVT, VTS (ECC). She is a highly decorated speaker, has been published in numerous publications, and has been involved with the AVECCTN board for a number of years. Her current role is the Project Manager for Training and Health and Wellness for BluePearl Hosptials. We have a great discussion about the pros and cons of working for a large cooperation vs a smaller private practice. Amy taught us about working with a social worker that BluePearl has on staff and all the benefits that come with that. Finally, we all shared a few stories about a dear friend that we lost almost a year ago. We hope you enjoy this episode!