Nearly 2 billion people, including veterinary professionals, are using Facebook in 2018. This week Drs. Ernie Ward and Cyndie Courtney along with Beckie Mossor, RVT talk with Dr. Caitlin DeWilde about social media and her business, The Social DVM. The group discuss Caitlin's story of becoming a veterinarian, the recent changes to the Facebook News Feed algorithm, and practical advice for managing a veterinary clinic's Facebook Page.
The primary objective of medicine should be preventing disease. If that’s true, why do so many veterinary (and human) healthcare professionals find it challenging to talk to clients about preventive care? This week host veterinarians Ernie Ward and Cyndie Courtney along with registered veterinary technician Beckie Mossor explore the challenges, myths, and strategies for veterinary preventive care. Dog and cat nutrition, vaccines, parasiticides, oral health and dentistry, and senior pet care are just some of the topics the trio converse about in this week’s podcast.
National Veterinary Technician Week is October 15-22, 2017. This week we’re honored to share the mic with the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) President Mary Berg. Co-host veterinarians Ernie Ward and Cyndie Courtney along with veterinary technician Beckie Mossor chat with Mary about how she became a vet tech, the importance of veterinary technician specialists, current progress on the veterinary nurse name change initiative, her greatest accomplishments and the #1 thing she thinks need to be changed in the veterinary technician profession. The group also talk about celebrating National Veterinary Technician Week and why Dr. Ward call vet techs, “the greatest people on the planet!” Share with all your veterinary professional friends!
This week our hosts discuss how should veterinary professionals work with other pet care providers? Drs. Ernie Ward and Cyndie Courtney along with registered veterinary technician Beckie Mossor contemplate the roles and responsibilities veterinarians and veterinary technicians have when referring to pet care individuals such as trainers, groomers, pet sitters, and boarding facilities. What should the veterinary profession do about unlicensed, non-credentialed, uneducated individuals offering advice on animal care? How can we determine which non-veterinary providers are safe for our patients and clients? How can we foster collaboration between veterinary professionals and everyone else? As Dr. Ward states, “This is an incredibly important topic that touches us all.”
The title "veterinary technician" is moving out! This week Dr. Ernie Ward and Beckie Mossor are joined by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) Executive Director, Julie Legred, CVT, while Dr. Cyndie continues to enjoy (?) maternity leave. Julie discusses the recent official announcement of the name change from "veterinary technician" to "veterinary nurse," how the credentialing and transition will occur, and a new support staff training program from NAVTA. The trio have a wide-ranging conversation on finding happiness and meaning in the profession, what's the best advice for new colleagues, and how Julie finds balance with a husband, four sons, managing a HUGE swine business in Minnesota, and changing the world.
This week Dr. Ernie Ward and Beckie Mossor, RVT, visit the 2017 North Carolina Veterinary Technician Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina to talk with veterinary technicians about the profession. Co-host Dr. Cyndie Courtney joins the conversation about practice challenges vet techs face, the biggest surprises they found after graduation, what large animal and equine veterinary nurses would like their small animal colleagues to know, and what advice they’d give to their younger selves.
Do veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and veterinary staff make good patients? Do we know too much, ask too many questions, demand too many answers of our own doctors and nurses? Veterinarians Ernie Ward & Cyndie Courtney along with veterinary technician Beckie Mossor dissect our own human health care experiences and share how we treat MD's and RN's when they turn to us for care. What do we love, and hate, about visiting our own physicians? How can veterinarians learn from the good, and bad, of the human health care system?