Dr. Mary Gardner is the co-founder of Lap of Love along with Dr. Dani McVety. We were excited to have Mary as a podcast guest for two episodes and she did not disappoint us! In part one, we talk about our careers before vet med. Which of us wanted to be an Egyptologist? Can you guess who had a career in mortgage insurance? Who was a crack software developer? Mary talks about the origins of Lap of Love, now offering compassionate in-home euthanasias and hospice care with 130 vets in 60 locations. They have helped over 50,000 families say goodbye to a beloved pet and currently handle over 600 calls each day. It’s even more incredible since Mary originally wanted to be a marine scientist!
In part two of our chat with Dr. Dave Nicol, he talks about success means in veterinary medicine. We talk about burnout in our profession, why it happens, and what veterinary team leaders can do to meet emotional needs. Dave talks about his VetX program and how it can help vets overcome fears, develop resilience and tenacity, learn how to have conversations with pet owners, and develop leadership skills. And you’ll hear what Jolle thought VetX meant!
Dr. Dave Nicol’s Blunt Dissection podcast is one of the inspirations for our PurrPodcast, so we were delighted to sit down with him at VMX 2019 for a chat. Dave is well known as a practice management speaker, an author (So You’re A Vet … Now What? and The Yellow Pages are Dead), a blogger (The Hamster Wheel Blog), and the founder of VetX. A real underachiever. In part one, you’ll hear Dave explain how he got his first cat by accident, why he is like Dory in Finding Nemo, and how he learned to be a leader.
Katie Tolbert, DVM, PhD, DACVIM is an Associate Professor at Texas A&M University and on staff at the TAMU Gastrointestinal Lab. Katie is one of the authors of the ACVIM Consensus Statement: Support for rational administration of gastrointestinal protectants to dogs and cats.
In part two of our chat with Dr. Tolbert, we talk about how and when to use gastric acid suppressant drugs in cats. Dr. Tolbert talks about the need for more research in cats and how we cannot extrapolate data from dogs or humans to our feline patients. She is a big fan of the Winn Feline Foundation (we are too!). Dr. Tolbert received a grant from Winn in 2018 to study novel gastroprotectants in cats.
Katie Tolbert, DVM, PhD, DACVIM is an Associate Professor at Texas A&M University and on staff at the TAMU Gastrointestinal Lab. Katie is one of the authors of the ACVIM Consensus Statement: Support for rational administration of gastrointestinal protectants to dogs and cats. In this episode, we chat about whether we should use gastric acid suppressants in cats with chronic kidney disease and about prioritizing medications for cats with chronic disease to improve compliance and protect the human-animal bond. Can you count how many times Katie says the D-word?
We were thrilled to have the opportunity while at NY Vet to sit down with Kara Burns, MS, MEd, LVT, VTS (Nutrition), VTS-H (Internal Medicine, Dentistry). Kara is not only the president of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America, she is well known as a supporter of veterinary technician specialty training (Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Clinical Practice) and of veterinary nutrition. Kara talks with us about the powerful role of veterinary technicians/nurses in practice today and the wealth of free online tools for nutrition through the World Small Animal Veterinary Association and the Pet Nutrition Alliance. We also chat about how to get cats to eat while in the hospital, and why feeding puzzles are a good idea. Our one disappointment is that we couldn’t get her to say the “D word.”