Episode 50

When Media Calls, Part 2: Handling Difficult Situations


Veterinary professionals are, on the whole, an introverted bunch—so when it comes to talking to the media, many would rather express anal glands or tell an owner their beloved Princess Sophia is obese than be interviewed for the news. But with the population of pet owners growing larger every day, and the volume of unreliable sources increasing exponentially, it is more important than ever to ensure the public is getting accurate information from the actual experts.

In the second installment in the Veterinary Medicine & the Media series, Mia and Krysten are joined once again by the dynamic Dr. Courtney Campbell, whose experience with the media is extensive: For starters, he’s a regular guest on The Doctors, was a co-host of Nat Geo’s Pet Talk for two seasons, and is the recipient of the 2020 Excellence in Journalism and Contributions to the Pet Industry Award.

In this episode, Dr. Courtney offers advice for how to overcome pre-interview jitters, what to do—and not do—when accepting a media invitation, and how to handle questions that are outside the scope of discussion. We also talk about what to do when confronted with a controversial issue.

In the second segment, find out about two upcoming OVMA member opportunities: Legislative Day and the Power of 10 leadership development program.

Episode Guests


Courtney Campbell


A 2005 graduate of Tuskegee University, Dr. Courtney Campbell is a veterinary surgeon, media personality, and chief creative officer of Vet Candy. In 2020, he became the first Black veterinarian to receive the Excellence in Journalism and Contributions to the Pet Industry Award.
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Michael Guastella

Michael Guastella is the government relations counsel for the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association. He handles the OVMA’s legislative and advocacy efforts.
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Special thanks to Blue River Pet Care for supporting the podcast!

Blue River PetCare is a growing community of 160+ veterinary practices. Their dedicated professionals work together to better the lives of the patients they treat and those who love pets. Blue River PetCare proudly offers opportunities for veterinarians at every stage of their career. They provide competitive compensation, ongoing development programs, and complete autonomy over patient care and protocols. Whether you’re interested in practicing medicine in a major city or small town, Blue River PetCare’s locations across Ohio are guaranteed to have a career opportunity that’s right for you. Find out more by visiting blueriverpetcare.com/careers or by contacting [email protected].

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