This week we’re honored to be joined by the 2019 SAVMA Teaching Excellence Award Winner Kristen Messenger, DVM, PhD, DACVAA, DACVCP. Dr. Messenger is currently a pharmacology professor at the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine. In this high-energy conversation, Kristen shares her own journey to becoming a veterinarian, the biggest challenges her students are facing, and the ways she’s working to improve the next generation of veterinarians. From student debt to social media, this is a conversation for any Viewfinder who wants to become a veterinarian, are currently in veterinary school, or have already graduated. It’s that good!
Dr. Messenger also co-hosts a podcast for her students, and you can hear a few samples here:
Season 1, Episode 9:
Special guest, former veterinary student, Dr. George Shaaf visits the podcast and talks about student perspectives and anesthetic risk; we talk about special laryngeal mask airway devices (V-gels).
Season 1, Episode 10: Special guest - Registered veterinary technician, with a specialty in anesthesia, Ami Gilkey. We discuss alfaxalone, the role of technicians in veterinary anesthesia; we discuss one of our favorite cases and how we manage them - septic abdomens.
Episode 11: Dr. Maria Killos joins Kristen and Kate again to talk about our favorite emergencies and how we manage them - including goats, horses, uroabdomens; GDVs; "Louie the Fang" with a hemoabdomen (Kate's favorite case); pheochromocytomas (Dr. Killos' favorite); pacemakers; and a little bit on CPR.
Episode 12: Dr. Alessio Vigani (anesthesiologist and criticalist) joins the podcast and we discuss CPR at length. And yes, there is (really bad) singing involved.