Paws Claws & Wet Noses | Vet Podcast

Paws Claws & Wet Noses | Vet Podcast

The Vet Podcast - Paws Claws & Wet Noses - celebrates all creatures great and small and the fantabulous professionals who look after them all. A combination of interviews and helpful advice for veterinary professionals. Everyone at VetStaff believes that all veterinary professionals (vets and vet nurses) deserve to work in an Employer of Choice Vet Clinic where they're respected, valued and are excited about looking forward to going to work on Monday mornings. Show host Julie South tackles some of the big topics in the veterinary sector, as well as helping vets and nurses find the job of their dreams.

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August 8, 2022 21 min

Before you start looking for your next vet or vet nurse job – there are some things you need to do first – to avoid heartbreak and stress further down the track.

In summary

Get clear on why you’re considering a new job.   If you like where you are, give your current clinic the opportunity to meet you in the middle.   If you’re a good vet or nurse and you match the culture and vice versa, they’ll want to keep you.   

Giving them the o...

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7 attributes of great team players

1.     Understand their role

2.     Embrace collaboration

3.     Hold themselves accountable

4.     Committed to their team

5.     Flexible

6.     Optimistic and future-focussed

7.     Can be relied upon and trusted

Johari Window + 56 adjectives

5 things to compare yourself to every day

VetStaff
leading veterinary sector recruitment in New Zealand | veterinarians | locums | nurses

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What makes a great leader?    

Are people born natural leaders or can leadership be developed and taught?

What’s the difference between a LEADER and a MANAGER?

Did you realise that when you, or someone on your team is a great leader (or not) it affects your clinic’s ability to attract and recruit great vets and nurses?   

Three differences Leadership vs Management

1. Process vs Vision

2. Organising vs Aligning

3. Position vs Quality

Five Q...

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One small word - four different situations when you probably don't even realise you're using it + examples of how to swap to a statement more empowering and powerful (without being bossy or aggressive).

A world first (as far as we can tell) initiative from VetStaff - we're looking for pilot veterinary clinics to be part of our Beta Launch. 

You don't have to be an existing VetStaff client to participate.   If you...

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Pressure is not Stress - Nick Petrie - Presenter at the NZVA 2022 Conference - VBB session

Nicholas Petrie

What "human rumination" is.

Julie shares one of the ways she gets out of downward rumination spirals when she recognises them playing out in her life.

Nick Petrie's White Paper - Pressure is Not Stress - 4 steps to be resilient in disruptive times

Dr Jane Ough - Companion Animal Veterinarian and Conservationist - part 3...

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VETERINARY CLINIC SALARY DATA

Dr Mark Hosking, CEO of Franklin Vets, is a member of the NZVAs Veterinary Business Branch – the VBB.   

At the recent NZVA Conference he introduced BBVet, an Australian company which runs a series of surveys tailored to the New Zealand veterinary profession. 

Clinics that contribute to the data, will have access to high quality benchmarking information to be able to make meaningful decisions in their bus...

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Dr Jane Ough is a Senior Companion Animal Veterinarian at South Wairarapa Veterinary Services.   

Dr Jane’s time and pathway to the veterinarian she is today is quite different from the usual career path of veterinarians.  

She’s from the BVSc Massey class of 1982.   

Today, Dr Jane enjoys orthopaedic surgery especially mending broken farm dogs. 

Dr Ough became concerned about climate change when her two daughters were children.   She ...

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The third and final episode with Iain McLachlan – CEO of the New Zealand Veterinary Council.

We talk about:

  • the veterinary shortage, 
  • the nursing shortage, 
  • why the NZ VC doesn’t include two of the world’s top 10 veterinary science universities in its List of Recognised Institutions, 
  • when it's going to update that list of Recognised Institutions, 
  • what clinics can do if they absolutely cannot manage their after-hours obligations, an...
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    The second of three episodes with Iain McLachlan – CEO of the New Zealand Veterinary Council.

    We talk about:

  • the veterinary shortage, 
  • the nursing shortage, 
  • why the NZ VC doesn’t include two of the world’s top 10 veterinary science universities in its List of Recognised Institutions, 
  • when it's going to update that list of Recognised Institutions, 
  • what clinics can do if they absolutely cannot manage their after-hours obligations, a...
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    Today we start the first of three episodes where Iain McLachlan – CEO of the New Zealand Veterinary Council – and I, talk about the veterinary shortage, the nursing shortage, why the NZ VC doesn’t include two of the world’s top 10 veterinary science universities in its List of Recognised Institutions, when is it going to update that list of Recognised Institutions, what clinics can do if they absolutely cannot manage their after-ho...

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    Part 2 of the "Qs to A recruitment agencies before working with them" series.


    This episode specifically for the vet clinic - the HR manager, the Practice Manager, Lead Veterinarian or Veterinary Nurse who's charged with "recruitment" inside a vet clinic.

    In this episode Julie South of VetStaff details the questions you need to ask and the answers you need to listen out for.

    The questions are:

    1.       Is the agency ...

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    Not all recruitment agencies are created equal.   Some recruitment agencies use the "spray and pray" method.   They'll get a job-seeker's CV, then spray it all over town (to their database) and leave it to the employer - the vet clinic - to do contact the CV owner, set up the interview, interview, and negotiate direct.

    Recruitment agencies that do this could be breaching the NZ Privacy Act, which states that a recrui...

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    This is part 2 of a 2 part series with Dr Ashley O'Driscoll, DVM, BSc.

    Dr O’Driscoll has worked in several New Zealand veterinary clinics – on both Islands - as a pet and farm animal veterinarian since moving here in 2010. 

    As you’ll pick up, Dr O’Driscoll has a strong interest in animal welfare – she started the Waikato’s first home euthanasia referral service for dogs in the Waikato – as well as working for MPI and the SPCA in ...

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    Dr O’Driscoll has worked in several New Zealand veterinary clinics – on both Islands - as a pet and farm animal veterinarian since moving here in 2010. 

    As you’ll pick up, Dr O’Driscoll has a strong interest in animal welfare – she started the Waikato’s first home euthanasia referral service for dogs in the Waikato – as well as working for MPI and the SPCA in animal welfare. 

    As well as being a large animal vet (she loooooves cows!),...

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    This VetStaff survey was run over four weeks - promoted via FB, Insta, LI and this podcast.

    Respondents were guaranteed anonymity.   However, if they wanted their clinic to go in the draw to win lunch they needed to complete contact info so we could organise the delivery if their name was pulled out of the hat.

    Fifteen respondents chose to remain totally anonymous.  

    Random lucky dip draw from all respondents.  

    Vet Farm Pet Clinic - W...

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    VetStaff does more than flick job seekers' CV onto vet clinics like their competitors - who then leave the job seeker to negotiate everything for themselves.
     
    VetStaff helps clinics with reputation misinformation - for example the false rumour of CCTVs in restrooms!

    Case Study #1

  • 6-month new grad looking for her second job
  • VetStaff were given five days to organise a job interview
  • in four days they had three interviews 
  • job offer was ...
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    If you’re a recent or new vet science graduate of Massey University then regardless of where you’re working in New Zealand, you’ve probably heard of, or met, Krispin as he’s been quite involved with Massey’s MMI for vet students over the years.  

    MMI is part of the Massey BVSc pre-selection programme – they’re the 8 Multi Mini Interviews potential vet science students go through.   

    Krispin’s been on the panel where students get to g...

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    Dr Karli Houston is a marathon running, fundraising, companion animal veterinarian.  

    Karli was born in the US to two kiwi parents. 

    Karli has a raft of qualifications behind her … she studied biology and theatre arts at the Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania, then Human Nutrition at the University of Maryland before moving to Palmerston North and to complete her Bachelor of Veterinary Science at Massey. 

    Since graduating from Massey ...

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    Being interviewed for your first job straight out of vet school and university isn’t the same as being interviewed for your second or third job.   

    Here’re 11 questions for new grads to ask at your first job interview and for clinics to think about when they’re interviewing new grads.   These 11 questions apply pretty equally to vets, nurses and techs.

    Get yourself an agent to represent you

    Someone who knows:

  • employment law
  • the veterina...
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    At job interviewers, hiring managers / interviewers usually ask "do you have any questions you'd like to ask?".

    Many people mumble something like "you've answered all my questions" [which may be true] or "no - no questions".

    Here are 15 questions across three top level subjects to help job-seekers level out the balance of interviewing "power" that can be assumed at a job interview.

    The main ques...

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