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!
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!
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.