My Veterinary Life

My Veterinary Life

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.

Episodes

June 30, 2022 27 min
We are so excited to bring you this special episode of My Veterinary Life Podcast. We are talking to Dr. Kara Escutia. Dr. Escutia is a Trust Veterinarian with AVMA’s PLIT and our focus today is on delivering bad news. This is a continuation of our conversations with Dr. Escutia which we will be sharing throughout the year to help you understand some of the most common claims seen and how to prevent them. Delivering bad news can be...
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“Showing up and showing up as my best self and saying, ‘Hey, you know this is what I can do and this is what I cannot.’ I want to inspire my team with that and I said ‘Hey what a better thing than to get off on the right foot with my career with this under my belt’ rather than ‘Oh, I’ll do it in five years’ when I’m feeling burned out.”

Welcome to this episode of My Veterinary Life Podcast. Our guest today is Dr. Melissa Terry. Dr. ...
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“She developed this amazing program, which just walked us through the idea of trauma, the idea of trying to cope with trauma and defining what we experienced as trauma. And I think the most powerful thing that she did for us is she validated our experience.”

Welcome to this episode of My Veterinary Life Podcast. We have two guests on this episode! Dr. Charles Hurty and Helen Beaman join us to share about the amazing wellbeing progra...
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“Getting into vet school, there were a lot of people that were really interested in small animal, and I wasn’t super interested in small animal, which made me feel a little bit like an outsider sometimes. But, I super enjoyed what I was doing so I was hopeful the people around me were picking up on that.”

Welcome to this episode of My Veterinary Life Podcast. Our guest today is Dr. Corinne Bromfield. Dr. Bromfield is currently an as...
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Welcome to this episode of My Veterinary Life Podcast. Our guest today is Dr. Bertice Berry. Dr. Berry is the keynote speaker at the 2022 AVMA Convention. She has an incredible career and tremendous stories to share. Our focus today was on conversations in DEI and the role we can each play. It was such a great conversation and has only enhanced our excitement for the keynote session. We cannot wait to share this conversation with y...
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“It didn’t make you intimidated to, ‘you have to go back, you have to do everything.’ It really made me feel like taking these little things and they will blossom into something bigger, and if it doesn’t work, hey it’s not going to work for you, but there’s all these other things that possibly could and will work for you. Definitely, once again, you nailed it. It’s those small things, those small little impacts that will again chan...
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Welcome to this episode of My Veterinary Life Podcast. Our guest today is Dr. Jen Brandt. Dr. Brandt is the Director of Member Wellbeing Initiatives at the AVMA and she is going to share with us updated resources and data on suicide prevention. We discuss how research in suicide prevention is relatively young compared to other areas of mental health and how the words we use truly matter. Dr. Brandt shares some of the better practic...
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We are so excited to bring you a special episode of My Veterinary Life Podcast. We are calling these drop-in episodes the Vet Debt Sessions. Throughout the year, we will talk to veterinary colleagues about how they are managing their educational debt. Our guest today is Dr. Emily Schaefer. She shares with us how she went from being overwhelmed with her debt management to educating herself to committing to the Public Service Loan Fo...
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May 5, 2022 29 min
We are so excited to bring you this special episode of My Veterinary Life Podcast. Today our guest is also one of our co-hosts. Dr. Marci Kirk shares her experience with the Veterinary Leadership Institute Trek program, which took place in Post Falls, Idaho the first week in April. We talk about why smaller group retreats like this are worth considering for your continuing education budget and what you can expect to learn during yo...
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We are so excited to bring you this special episode of My Veterinary Life Podcast. We are talking to Dr. Kara Escutia. Dr. Escutia is a Trust Veterinarian with AVMA’s PLIT and our focus today is on informed owner consent. This will be the first of many conversations with Dr. Escutia throughout the year to help you understand some of the most common claims seen and how to prevent them. Informed owner consent is a foundation to all t...
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We are so excited to bring you this special episode of My Veterinary Life Podcast. Today we are talking to Heather Jarvis. Heather is a lawyer who specializes in public interest law, and this includes becoming an expert in student loans and advocating for borrowers. She brings her own experience with student loans to the conversation too! It’s a great conversation that shares some things to consider while student loans are still on...
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We are so excited to bring you this special episode of My Veterinary Life Podcast We have two extraordinary guests today. Dr. Joseph Hahn from Merck Animal Health and Dr. Jen Brandt from the AVMA. We discuss the findings from the most recent Merck Wellbeing Study and what tangible steps we can take to improve the culture in our workplace. It’s a informative and inspiring conversation and we can’t wait to share it with you.

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“When you feel called to, find the courage, find your voice, and find your way forward. Build your community of allies and cheerleaders around you, which is what I did.”

Our guest today is Dr. Sonja Olson. Dr. Olson has had an incredible career! We dig into how the road was not a straight path to where she is now and how it all ended up working out in an unexpected way for her to pursue her dreams. We discuss how it takes a lot of ...
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“That’s what happens when you come together in community, and you take advantage of everybody’s strengths and you recognize, ‘I don’t need to tell you how to be different, I’m going to show you in my own life and then I’m going to invite you to consider coming on that journey with me.’ I think that’s how you change the world, actually.”

Our guest today is Dr. Betsy Charles. Dr. Charles wears many hats in the veterinary profession. I...
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“Let’s find your story. That’s the important part. Find your story. And, you know, the lesson for all of us, is that we all have a story. Everybody has a story.”

Our guest today is Dr. Morgan McArthur. Dr. McArthur was one of the keynote speakers for the 2022 Veterinary Leadership Conference. We chat about the importance of finding and owning your story and how the stories we tell ourselves can really impact your outlook on the day!...
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“And I think if we take that sort of, more of a collaborative approach, I think it’s, you know, as long as we feel good and we feel comfortable with that, I think it’s a great approach to try and take even in GP or in emergency. I, you know like I said, I don’t like eyes. So for years on emergency, if that was the next triage o that was the next case, I’d be like, I will do anything for you. I’d look at the other vets there. I will...
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Our guest today is Dr. Anna Reddish. Many of you may know Dr. Reddish as one of the original co-hosts of My Veterinary Life Podcast. We chat today about new opportunities and what it is like to take a leap to try something new. She shares the importance of self-reflection and really being honest about what your goals are for both your personal and professional life. It’s a fun conversation full of great advice and we cannot wait to...
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“I had to choose and make that, change that trauma and that sadness that was so deep and make it into something that gave me motivation to go into veterinary medicine and be somebody who can bring people together and who can bring out the empathy in those moments.”

Our guest today is Hidayah Martinez-Jaka. Hidayah is completing her fourth you of veterinary school. This would already be a full plate, but she also is the current SAVMA...
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“My biggest thing was, I said I’m a veterinarian and how that one word created so much conversation. And that’s how I ended it to the quietest of people. Because you have reserved youth, reserved children, and by just saying that. And that’s what I feel like as veterinarians we need to remember.”

Our guest today is Dr. Stephanie Jones. Dr. Jones was one of our early guests on My Veterinary Life Podcast and she joins us today to disc...
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February 17, 2022 10 min
Our guest today is Dr. Jen Brandt. Dr. Brandt is the Director for Member Wellbeing Initiatives at the AVMA. She joins us for a quick conversation on some timely topics in wellbeing. Dr. Brandt offers some highlights from the most recent Merck Wellbeing Study and what we can do with this information. It’s a great conversation and we can’t wait to share it with you.

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