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.
Tom Bohn, CAE became CEO of the North American Veterinary Community (NAVC) in 2013. He works with the NAVC Board of Directors and staff to help the organization grow and innovate. In this episode, we explore a wide range of topics – how the Spark videos celebrate our profession, what the future holds for VMX, and a tongue-in-cheek look at his Swedish origins (with apologies to Sweden). Sadly, Tom is allergic to cats, so we discuss that too. Oh, and find out why his dog Winston has an English accent.
Elizabeth Green is an amazing person. She is the CEO and Founder of Brief Media, a giant in veterinary publishing. The flagship publication, Clinician’s Brief, appeared in 2002 and is the official journal of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association. It has been voted the most essential publication by small animal veterinarians in the United States for 9 consecutive years. Beth is a Folio Magazine 2016 Top Women in Media honoree for entrepreneurship. Her forward-thinking approach has helped bring projects like Plumb’s Veterinary Drugs and New York Vet to Brief Media. In this episode, we chat about where veterinary continuing education came from, what the exciting possibilities are for the future, and how millennials shift the veterinary practice paradigm. You’ll find out what ‘old people cool’ means!
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.”