This week co-hosts Dr. Ernie Ward and registered veterinary technician Beckie Mossor are evacuated from their homes during Hurricane Florence. Dr. Cyndie Courtney joins Dr. Ward (Beckie cellular service failed during recording) to discuss what it’s like to live through a hurricane. Helpful advice for any veterinary clinic affected by a natural disaster such as hurricane, flooding, wildfire, earthquake, tornado, etc. From how to prepare, what advice to offer clients, how to travel with pets, and what can you do when a dog gets bitten by a venomous snake when winds are 100 miles per hour and all roads are flooded? That, and so much more, in this week’s podcast!
Welcome to fall…that magical time of the school year when freshman everywhere are full of excitement, and seniors are desperate to exit. This week we examine the veterinary and veterinary technician school admission process. What’s right - and what’s wrong - and what we think we should do to make it better.
Cloning pets, especially dogs, is a real thing. As in, there’s a real company really doing it RIGHT NOW. For a measly $50,000USD, you can have your favorite furry friend brought back in an exact genetic copy. This week our trio tackle the thorny ethics, sketchy morals, and scientific rigor of this evolving pet medical breakthrough. From Barbra Streisand’s cloned pups to questions about the care of surrogate animal mothers, this is one podcast you will want to share and discuss with your colleagues! And wait until you hear what Dr. Ernie Ward says about the future of service and military dogs…
MONEY!!! We sure spend a lot of time talking about the challenges of finances in veterinary practice on the podcast! This week we’re joined by our friend, veterinary dermatologist Dr. Dana Lisa, to discuss how to handle the rising costs of treating chronic dermatitis. Dr. Liska will explain how she talks about Cytopoint, Apoquel, and other revolutionary treatments with budget-minded clients. This is a really impactful conversation that yields many helpful tips and tricks you can use in your clinic.
We all have someone we look up to, are inspired by, or seek to emulate. This week we share some of the people outside the veterinary profession who have taught us, pushed us to do more, and are making the world better. We talk about famous authors, teachers, friends, and more during this uplifting episode.
This week we speak with the founder of K9 Fit Club, a group dedicated to developing human and dog fitness programs. Tricia Montgomery shares her story with host veterinarians Ernie Ward and Cyndie Courtney and registered veterinary technician Beckie Mossor. Exercise tips, weight loss, diet trends, and more are discussed in this conversation from St Louis, Missouri!
Itching dogs, chronic dermatitis, frustrated clients, online myths (and bad advice) all add up to create dermatological drama in our veterinary practices! This week we chat with veterinary dermatologist Dr Dana Liska to dispel mountains of misconceptions, dispense practical diagnostic and treatment advice, and soothe our weary minds and souls when it comes to conquering chronic dermatitis! Dr Liska joins host veterinarians Ernie Ward and Cyndie Courtney plus registered veterinary technician Beckie Mossor for a candid, energetic, and entirely practical guide to dealign with chronic dermatitis in your patients. We learned so much and had so much fun - and you will, too!
Join us this week for a rapid fire session on our top tips to make your personal and professional life a little easier, more efficient, and more fun! Host veterinarians Ernie Ward and Cyndie Courtney along with registered veterinary technician Beckie Mossor share their best quick bits of advice for veterinary practice, patient care, client service and self-care. If you enjoy fast-paced, real-world recommendations, you’re going to love this special episode!
This week the entire gang gets together - for the first time in person! - to record a special podcast from the floor of the 2018 American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Annual Conference in Denver, Colorado. Host veterinarians Ernie Ward and Cyndie Courtney with registered veterinary technician Beckie Mossor go deep on CHANGE! What, how fast, should, could, and WHY change is essential for veterinary professionals. The trio talk about the recent AVMA debarking controversy, CBD usage, the veterinary nurse initiative, telemedicine/telehealth, and much, much more! We think you’ll enjoy this rapid-fire, no holds barred, and frank discussion about why change seems to take forever — or in the blink of an eye! Sorry for the noisy background… they were all veterinary colleagues!
Where are all the registered veterinary technicians and veterinarians? More and more veterinary clinics are reporting significant challenges hiring - and keeping - qualified veterinary team members. Host veterinarians Ernie Ward and Cyndie Courtney with registered veterinary technician Beckie Mossor review the current veterinary job market woes and offer suggestions on finding the best employees. Dr. Ward revives his “DVM-lite” limited licensure model from 15 years ago and reviews why he believes the veterinary profession may go the way of Family and General Practice human medical doctors. Th group give advice on recruiting and hiring staff as well as pay, benefits, and creating a healthy and welcoming clinic culture to retain employees.
Mandatory spay and neuter regulations, breed bans, microchip laws, and doggie DNA testing for renters - we’re seeing a wave of new animal regulations sweep the world. Host veterinarians Ernie Ward and Cyndie Courtney and registered veterinary technician Beckie Mossor engage in a spirited discussion on whether or not animal regulations have gone too far (or not far enough), and what veterinary professionals should do to encourage better pet care. The trio tackle the recent Fort Worth, Texas pet microchipping controversy, Delta Airlines’ ban of pit bull breed emotional support dogs, DNA testing to identify dog poop, and RETRACTABLE LEASHES!
This week we wrestle once again with the topic of money-guilt harbored by many veterinary professionals. This time, we explore issues around homeless people with pets, standards of pet care, pet care shaming, and more. This is an excellent roundtable on a topic most veterinary professionals must confront nearly daily.
One of the most controversial pet travel topics these days is the designation of "emotional support animal” and "service animal." This week our trio, Drs. Ernie Ward & Cyndie Courtney, along with Beckie Mossor RVT, take to the skies, trains, and restaurants as they confront the perils of emotional support animals. What is the difference between "service animal" and "emotional support dog?" Can you really buy "fake" service dog vests on Amazon? Who’s in charge of regulating and verifying “service animals?” Why did Delta recently ban "pit-bull breed" dogs as support companions? What role do veterinary professionals play in all of this? This is a must-share episode with ANYONE in the veterinary profession.
This week, we discuss the current global wave of corporatization and consolidation of the veterinary profession. Host veterinarians Ernie Ward and Cyndie Courtney along with registered veterinary technician Beckie Mossor review the pros and cons of working in a corporate practice, whether or not consolidation is (or ever was) inevitable, and what does this mean for the future of veterinary professionals? It's a good one...
It's summer! Yaaay! Oh, noooo! Along with sunshine, long days, and chillin' by the pool comes unexpected stress in veterinary practice. Host veterinarians Ernie Ward and Cyndie Courtney with registered veterinary technician Beckie Mossor take a beachside/lakeside/online stroll down some of the profession's most treacherous June through September trails. Tourists, drop-in non-client emergencies, the Monday flu, and fighting for time off are tackled in this "for reals" conversation. And Dr. Ward ponders, "Where did all the summer high school and college helpers go?" This is one hot and sticky podcast...
This week, we've got a master class in entrepreneurship with Dr. Liz Bales, inventor of the Indoor Feeder (formerly the NoBowl Feeder) for cats. Dr. Bales joins Drs. Ernie Ward and Cyndie Courtney to discuss how she evolved from equine practice to feline (see what I did there?), how she went from good idea to an actual product, and her best advice for anyone who has a good idea. This is an AMAZING conversation that will benefit any veterinary professional in their job and career.
Owning a veterinary practice can be a rewarding -- and challenging -- prospect. This week host veterinarians Drs. Ernie Ward and Cyndie Courtney and veterinary technician Beckie Mossor are joined by New Jersey practice owner Dr. Michael Tokiwa to discuss the positives and pitfalls of practice ownership. From equity, to leadership, to vision, to staff training and interactions, this is a wide-ranging conversation that will benefit any veterinary professional, regardless of whether or not ownership is an interest or option.
This week we're honored to interview the President-Elect of the North American Veterinary Community (NAVC) Dr. Cheryl Good from Dearborn, Michigan. Dr. Good shares the story of how she became a veterinarian, what it was like to have three kids in a five-year span while working full-time and starting her own practice. We discuss the changes she's seen in veterinary medicine during her career, the changes at NAVC and VMX, and what she hopes to accomplish as NAVC President. This is a wide-ranging conversation that touches on so many aspects of real, daily veterinary practice life.
British Columbia/Vancouver joined a host of other large municipalities May 8, 2018 when it banned feline declawing by veterinarians. This week we're joined by Dr. Margie Scherk, a feline veterinary specialist and one of the true pioneers and champions of the anti-declaw movement. Veterinarian Dr. Ernie Ward and registered veterinary technician Beckie Mossor talk with Dr. Scherk about her story, why she's so passionate about cats, and the debates surrounding feline declawing. You'll want to play this episode again and again!
Online and digital marketing is essential for any business to succeed in today's marketplace. This week we're joined by a digital marketing expert, InTouchVet's Bill Schroeder. Bill has been helping veterinary clinics succeed for over 20 years and shares his best advice for busy veterinary practices to optimize their social media and online marketing. Host veterinarian Dr. Ernie Ward and Dr. Cyndie Courtney talk with Bill about how he and his wife started helping veterinarians in Chicago, what recent changes at Facebook mean for veterinary professionals, what social media and online platforms he recommends, and the technologies Bill thinks veterinarians should be looking at during the next 1 to 3 years. This is a great lesson in online marketing and strategy for any veterinary professional!