Episodes

56. Girl Power: The Rise of Female Leaders in Veterinary Medicine

Previous generations of female veterinarians worked hard to be accepted into a male-dominated profession and paved the way for their successors—whether they knew it or not.

55. Tech Support, Part III: Searching for Solutions

How can veterinarians and practice owners improve the technician experience to keep them happy, healthy, and employed? Our panelists offer suggestions in this series conclusion.

54. Tech Support, Part II: One Problem, Many Voices

As with any complex problem, there are multiple sides to the technician staffing shortage. In this episode, we explore a trio of unique but intertwined perspectives: Those of the veterinary technician, the practice owner, and the educator.

53. Tech Support, Part I: The Root of the Problem

What is behind the widespread shortage of technicians, and what can be done to reverse it? It’s a complicated question many organizations are asking but no one has yet been able to answer.

52. NABV: Changing Face of Veterinary Medicine

Though the National Association of Black Veterinarians is still in its infancy, the organization is helping to grow a community of BIPOC veterinarians across the country.

51. More Than Just an Animal: Pets Help the Heart Heal

Aside from the companionship, simply owning a pet can help reduce stress, increase physical activity, boost immunity, and improve cardiovascular health. For Dr. Stephanie Jones, the heart health benefits are paramount.

50. When Media Calls, Part 2: Handling Difficult Questions

Media interviews are a snap when you know what to expect, but how do you handle difficult questions—and keep your anxiety in check?

49. All is Well with My Soul: A Multi-Faceted Approach to Overall Wellbeing

More employers are realizing that personal problems don’t necessarily stay personal—they inevitably bleed into work. That’s why employee assistance programs provide support for all aspects of life, not just the job-related parts.

48. When Media Calls, Part 1: Confident Communication is Key

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.

47. Large Animal Abuse: Learning to Listen to Your Spidey Senses

Although egregious animal cruelty is easy to spot, there are more subtle forms of abuse that can be difficult to define—especially in those species you rarely, if ever, work with.

46. Coming Home to Roost: Backyard Poultry for Small Animal Vets

Interest in keeping backyard poultry has been increasing—but the number of veterinarians who see poultry hasn’t. How can small animal veterinarians evolve to fill this growing need?

45. Essential Oil Essentials: Stop and Smell the Healing

Holistic therapies are growing in popularity among humans, and that trend is spilling over into the animal world as well. Is this something you should consider adding to your practice?

44. Cat Chat: Learning How to Speak Feline

Known for being fastidious and aloof, cats are masters at hiding illness—which makes recognizing and interpreting their subtle behaviors all the more important.

43. Digital Marketing Mastermind: Increasing Your Practice’s Visibility Online

In a world where people are increasingly spending their time online, developing an effective digital marketing plan is a must. But with so many options out there, where do you even start?

42. The Power of Poop: Fecal Transplants for Treating Disease

Poop: It’s more than just something that people find gross, fascinating, or grossly fascinating. In fact, veterinary researchers are investigating ways to turn it into a cure.

41. Liquid Gold: Hunting for Treasure in Tinkle

It’s definitely not glamorous, but conducting urinalyses is a necessary part of veterinary medicine—and a critical component of ensuring animal wellness.

40. In the Big Leagues: Large Animal Medicine for Technicians

Veterinary technicians play a vital role on critical care and surgical teams, but are they ready to deal with large animal emergencies?

39. Just Keep Swimming: How Water Quality Affects Fish Health

Aquaculture is a growing area of veterinary medicine, but few veterinarians have extensive experience treating fish patients, making an already tricky science even trickier.

38. In Case of Emergency: Gaining Confidence for Critical Care Cases

When it comes to emergencies, veterinary professionals need to be able to think on their feet and make fast decisions.

37. Taking Stock: Inventory Management for Veterinary Practices

Inventory management is something that many veterinary practices struggle with, but when stock makes up the second-largest expense, learning how to properly manage your inventory is a necessary evil.

36. Down on the Farm: The Life of a Rural Veterinarian

Rural veterinarians are in short supply, growing ever more scarce as practitioners increasingly opt to work in urban and suburban areas. But for a select few, life as a rural veterinarian has infinitely more appeal.

35. Finding Safe Harbor: Online Refuge for Veterinarians

With ever-increasing pressure on veterinary practices to stay afloat in a sea of competition, stress is at an all-time high. Now more than ever, veterinarians need a place to find shelter from the storm.

34. Digital Footprints: Improved Tracking of Animal Movements

Besides being a thing of the past, paper-based health certificates are inefficient, time consuming, and prone to errors. Is it time to make the switch to electronic CVIs?

33. Raise Your VOICE: Speaking Up for Diversity

Dozens of affinity groups are working hard to make veterinary medicine more diverse, but the road ahead is long and difficult. How can you help make the profession more inclusive?

32. Safe Haven: Community for Black Veterinary Students

For minority groups, finding a community of peers in a highly homogenous profession can be difficult. At The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, inclusivity is all important.

31. Taking Pride: Establishing an Inclusive Veterinary Community

In this episode, we celebrate Pride Month to reinforce the importance of DEI in veterinary medicine and to raise awareness of the struggles minority groups face in a largely homogeneous profession.

30. Inside the Complaint Department: Common Licensing Board Cases

When a veterinarian or technician is the subject of a complaint, no matter how big or small the grievance is, the situation is stressful. In this episode, OVMLB representatives explain what to expect.

29. The Cost of Wellbeing: Who Pays the Price?

Mental health problems have a way of spiraling out of control, affecting both the individual and everyone around her. How do you prevent that from happening, and what do you do if it does?

28. Wellness in the Veterinary Profession: The Perfect Storm?

What do you get when you put empathic caregivers known to neglect their own health into a high-stress, demanding profession? The perfect storm.

27. Reporting Animal Abuse: From Ethical Responsibility to Legal Requirement

Although reporting cases of animal abuse, cruelty, and neglect has always been a moral obligation in the veterinary community, a newly enacted Ohio law has made it mandatory.

26. Shades of Gray: How to Identify Reportable Cases of Abuse

Since spring of 2021, Ohio veterinarians are mandatory reporters of animal abuse, but making that determination isn’t as easy as it sounds.

25. Grassroots Roundup: Loan assistance, animal abuse & humane law

In this episode, OVMA Government Relations Director Michael Guastella joins Mia to discuss three major bills that were recently signed into law by Gov. Mike DeWine.

24. Old Dog, New Tricks: Virtual MVC Preview

For decades, the MVC has offered an unparalleled experience for thousands of veterinary professionals. Going virtual this year won’t end the tradition!

23. Accident or Abuse? How to Differentiate

Animal cruelty: It’s something no veterinarian wants to see but inevitably will at some point. That’s why it’s so important to learn how to handle a suspected case of abuse before it shows up at your clinic.

22. Log on for Learning: MVC 2021 Veers into Virtual

Next year, the Midwest Veterinary Conference will be hosted on a web-based platform. What does that mean for the fifth-largest vet convention in North America?

21. Radical Candor: Reflecting on Racism in Social Settings

As the old adage goes, you should never talk about politics at the dinner table—or should you? In this episode, we discuss the sticky subject of dealing with racism from friends and family members.

20. Diversity Discussions: Tough Talks with Family & Friends

Talking about racism may be uncomfortable, but it’s a necessary part of change. How do you broach such a controversial topic in your social circles?

19. Balancing Act: How to “Do it All” without Neglecting Yourself

With so many demands on your time and attention, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. There’s hope! All you need is to get organized. But where do you start?

18. College in the Age of COVID

When hands-on experiences are such an important part of veterinary education, how can the model be adapted to keep everyone safe without impacting the quality of learning?

17. Veterinary Medicine: The Whitest of Them All

The veterinary profession has historically been the least diverse field in the U.S. In this episode, we break down how to reverse this deep-rooted trend.

16. Discussing Racism: Getting Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable

Dr. Mia Cary returns to the show to break down the complicated and layered subject of racism and discrimination—and why we must all “get comfortable with being uncomfortable” in order to effect change.

15. Full Speed Ahead: A Journey to End Cancer for All Species

One day, a cure for cancer will be discovered—but for Dr. Michelle Harcha, “one day” isn’t soon enough.

14. For the Record: Patient Record Keeping Q&A

In this episode, we drill OVMA Executive Director Jack Advent on Ohio’s veterinary record-keeping laws.

13. Veterinary Forensic Files: Investigating & Prosecuting Animal Crimes

Forensic veterinary medicine has become an important part of today’s criminal justice system—in large part thanks to Dr. Melinda Merck’s efforts in the field.

12. Care for the Caregiver: Wellness Resources for Veterinary Professionals

Though mental illness has traditionally been considered a taboo topic, the mental health—or lack thereof—of veterinary professionals has become a hot topic.

11. Emerging From Crisis: Finding the New “Normal”

One month has passed since veterinary practices in Ohio were permitted to resume full-service operations. How has the “normal” landscape changed in the veterinary profession?

10. Putting it into Practice: A Telemedicine Case Study

Now that you’ve learned the benefits of telemedicine and gotten advice on what to consider before implementation, let’s put theory into practice!

09. Taking the Plunge: A Deep Dive into Telehealth

Now is the perfect time to dive in to telemedicine, but the process can be intimidating. In this episode, our tele-technology consultant will teach you how to swim in these uncharted waters.

08. Money Matters: Financial Strategies in Uncertain Times

The coronavirus pandemic has hit humanity hard in every aspect of life, not the least of which is the economy. How can how practice owners protect their staff and ensure the viability of their businesses during this crisis and into the future?

07. Weathering the Storm: Staying Well in Times of Crisis

When very little is certain and all you can do is contemplate worst-case scenarios, how do you prevent mental health issues from spiraling?

06. Veterinary Telemedicine: Embracing the Technology

Even without a global public health emergency, telemedicine is an invaluable tool for any veterinarian to have in their arsenal.

05. Creating Community: Diversity in Veterinary Medicine

Veterinary medicine is known to be one of the least diverse professions in America, which can create fertile ground for discrimination and marginalization.

04. Pay it Forward: Volunteers in Veterinary Medicine

Studies have shown that being an active member of a trade organization makes professionals more successful than their non-member colleagues. But how can you get involved?

03. CBD Products in Veterinary Medicine: Clearing the Haze

CBD products seem to be everywhere—from beauty salons to grocery stores to the internet—and rumors of its virtues have spread from coast to coast. With this growing popularity, veterinarians have been fielding questions from curious clients who want an alternative method to cure Fluffy or Fido of their ailments.

02. Buried Alive in Loans: Digging Your Way Out of Debt

It’s a well-known fact that post-graduate education—especially veterinary school—is expensive, and crippling student loan debt has become a hot topic of discussion in the veterinary community.

01. Sick as a Pig? Preparing for African Swine Fever

Although ASF has not yet been detected in the United States, the possibility of the disease’s appearance has become a hot topic of conversation in the veterinary community.