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The VetMed Weekly Huddle

Veterinary Growth Partners

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The VetMed Weekly Huddle is provided by Veterinary Growth Partners to help support you and your team to have a great start to their workday. Topics range from Emotional Intelligence to Team Dynamics. Voiced by Shawn McVey, MA, MSW, and his team of VGP practice coaches - these Weekly Huddles are short and can be used in your next team huddle or rounds.
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The VetMed Mind

Veterinary Growth Partners

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Hosted by Shawn McVey, MA, MSW and Rachel Teichberg, CVPM, CVBL, The VetMed Mind is a podcast project that collects, shares, and celebrates the inspiring stories from the veterinary medicine community. We hear from vet med students, veterinarians, managers, veterinary technicians, customer support and industry professionals about their individual experiences in the field. Stories include everything from the joy of the journey to the challenges of being in a fast-paced field. What does succes ...
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The Whole Veterinarian

Stacey Cordivano, DVM

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Is it impossible for veterinarians to aim for more balance? The Whole Veterinarian podcast helps to share experiences and start a dialogue about how we can grow as people and professionals. As a female equine solo practitioner, mother and business owner, I've seen the challenges that face us. I want veterinarians to learn to be happier, healthier, wealthier and more grateful for the lives that they've created. Together, let’s learn how to develop a life we love.
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Unleashed Veterinary Podcast is hosted by Dr. Bruce W. Francke, DVM, a veterinarian and practice owner at Bay Animal Hospital in beautiful Bay City, Michigan. The awesome power of vet medicine will be unleashed with conversation, compassion and common sense. This podcast will empower pet owners to take the very best care of their four-footed family members.
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When we walk onto the floor for our shift, we all bring with us our own unique story. What We Bring examines the human experiences of those working in veterinary medicine, from the front desk to the O.R. Join DoveLewis Veterinary Wellbeing Directory Debrah Lee as she explores the real human stories behind the animals we care for.
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Funny Bones is a podcast about the humorous happenings, bizarre encounters, fractious clients, and animal oddities that happen to veterinarians in their day to day life. From poop to public health, this show makes light of it all. Our purpose is to use humor to encourage and foster happiness within the veterinary community. We'd love to hear from you! Send us your funny stories at funnybonespodcast@gmail.com.
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In this episode of The VetMed Mind, Rachel Teichberg meets with Avery Hurst to discuss her journey in VetMed and how she ended up landing the role of National Account Manager at Vetsource. Avery Hurst has enjoyed a 6-year career at Vetsource, a prescription management and home delivery solution. Vetsource facilitates connections between veterinaria…
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In this snippet: Practice Coach Leather discusses the power of positivity and how it can impact your day to day work-flow. Learn how to stay positive in stressful times as well as how maintaining a good attitude can impact your practice in positive ways. Snippet is just 1 minute 34 seconds. New episodes of the VetMed Weekly Huddle drop every Monday…
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Ahoy Ahoy! Dr. Sheddy the Sailing Vet joins us aboard the S.S. Unleashed from her own vessel, Chuffed, as she traverses the Mexican Pacific coast bringing veterinary services to underserved areas. Listen as she describes her incredible story of carving her own path in Vet Med, from disenchanted land lubber to Captain Doctor of her very own ship! Dr…
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In this snippet: Shawn discusses the importance of awareness in regards to money. Making sure you and your practice are dividing money into the right avenues for maximum profit. Not being wasteful, but instead being strategic. Snippet is just 1 minute 33 seconds. New episodes of the VetMed Weekly Huddle drop every Monday and Friday at 6 AM Central.…
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In this snippet: VGP Practice Coach Lauren discusses cost consciousness and what we can do to make the most with what each practice has. Bringing back certain services that fell off in the last couple of years and reintroducing certain opportunities back into your standards of care. Snippet is just 1 minute 56 seconds. New episodes of The VetMed We…
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In this snippet: Shed light on the harmful behaviors and dynamics that can undermine the well-being and effectiveness of veterinary teams. From micromanagement to gossip, bullying to passive-aggressive communication, toxic tactics can poison the atmosphere of veterinary clinics, leading to decreased morale, burnout, and compromised care. Snippet is…
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In this episode of the VetMed Mind, Dr. Kelly Cairns, Shawn McVey, & Rachel Teichberg discuss her journey in veterinary medicine that led her to a leadership role at Thrive Pet Healthcare. Dr. Kelly Cairns, a veterinarian with extensive experience, earned her degree from CSU in 2004 and achieved Diplomate status after completing a small animal inte…
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In this snippet: It's a common theme in practices how to make the most of your days in veterinary medicine. VGP Practice Coach Jamie reviews that by tracking employee compliance, practices can make goals to ensure you are utilizing your time in the best way possible. Snippet is just 1 minute 1 second. New episodes of The VetMed Weekly Huddle drop e…
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Beep boop beep, veterinarians and bartenders beware, the robots are coming to take yer jobs! While AI is an integral part of running our societies, it’s been the center of sensationalism in the news. So what’s the reality of how it’s being used, and where is it showing up in animal care practice? The Vets courageously trust AI to help write out sho…
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In this snippet: Amidst the fast-paced environment, finding a sense of flow—where tasks feel effortless and time flies—is essential for maintaining focus, productivity, and overall satisfaction in our work. Shawn discusses processes and ways to develop a stronger work-life balance. Snippet is just 2 minutes 59 seconds. New episodes of the VetMed We…
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In this snippet: VGP Practice Coach Leather discusses how to adapt to the ever-changing technological environment in vet med. Learn new ways to utilize technology and practice management software to increase efficiency and make it work for you and your practice. Snippet is just 1 minute 36 seconds. New episodes of The VetMed Weekly Huddle drop ever…
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How has mentorship affected you in your veterinary career? There is no doubt we all have stories, both positive and negative, of relationships that have shaped our world in veterinary medicine. Dr. Addie Reinhart joins me to talk all things mentorship and her goal of helping everyone to do it better. Supporting one another in this crazy veterinary …
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In this snippet: Explore the vital role of feedback in fostering professional growth and excellence. Join Shawn for an insightful episode as he dives into the art of giving and receiving feedback in the dynamic world of veterinary medicine. Snippet is just 3 minutes. New episodes of the VetMed Weekly Huddle drop every Monday and Friday at 6 AM Cent…
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In this episode of the VetMed Mind, Rebecca Rose discusses her 37 year Journey in vetmed and the diverse road that led her to where she is today! Rebecca Rose, RVT, with over 37 years in the veterinary field, has authored "Career Choices for Veterinary Technicians" and held various leadership roles. Her diverse experience spans managing clinics, co…
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In this snippet: Through candid conversations and insightful reflections, uncover how embracing mistakes can lead to growth, resilience, and innovation. VGP Practice Coach Stefanie reviews how to bounce back from making mistakes and embracing imperfection as a tool to foster your development. Snippet is just 1 minute 32 seconds. New episodes of The…
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This episode dives into a topic near and dear to Dr. Mike’s heart: humor! Salient and diverse, it’s potential to create a better visit experience for clients, and better patient outcomes, is undeniable. Laughter is an important part of healing and creating bonds. But not all jokes are appropriate for the exam room, so Dr. Mike prescribes a special …
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In this snippet: In the fast-paced world of veterinary medicine, change is inevitable. But how do we manage it effectively, especially when faced with resistance from within our teams? Shawn discusses the why and how to implement change and how to embrace change as an opportunity for growth. Snippet is just 3 minutes 21 seconds. New episodes of the…
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In this snippet: VGP Practice Coach Lauren discusses the importance of open communication and taking accountability. Discover how transparent dialogue and a culture of ownership can fuel productivity, innovation, and team cohesion. Snippet is just 1 minute 28 seconds. New episodes of the VetMed Weekly Huddle drop every Monday and Friday at 6 AM Cen…
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In this snippet: How we present ourselves can play a significant role in veterinary practice dynamics. Explore the importance of personal appearance in the veterinary field and how it intersects with professionalism, comfort, and self-expression. Snippet is just 2 minutes 3 seconds. New episodes of the VetMed Weekly Huddle drop every Monday and Fri…
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In this episode of The VetMed Mind Kate Duncan discusses her journey in vetmed. Alongside Shawn McVey and Rachel Teichberg, the three touch on a variety of topics including the challenges, building up a practice, and personal / professional values. With a lifelong passion for animals, from pets to wildlife, and a diverse journey through various car…
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In this snippet: Explore the critical importance of aligning employee abilities with organizational goals. Practice Coach Jamie shares practical insights and proven strategies for assessing, developing, and leveraging the unique abilities of your team members. Snippet is just 1 minute 20 seconds. New episodes of the VetMed Weekly Huddle drop every …
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Life is full of interruptions. Whether on personal or professional time, being able to assess and pivot where to put your focus and resources is a crucial skill set. The choices we make in those moments can have ripple effects through our day. The Vets look at effective ways to manage your time, especially in an ever changing clinical environment. …
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In this snippet: From the envy sparked by a colleague's achievements to the competitive atmosphere that can permeate clinic culture, jealousy can rear its head in various forms, affecting team morale and individual well-being. Shawn sets the tone on how to overcome jealousy in today's huddle. Snippet is just 2 minutes 26 seconds. New episodes of th…
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In this snippet: Practice Coach Leather discusses the importance of utilizing your core values to empower your team. Discover how integrating these principles into your leadership approach can cultivate a culture of trust, growth, and excellence. Snippet is just 1 minute 33 seconds. New episodes of the VetMed Weekly Huddle drop every Monday and Fri…
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Ever wondered how a career leap within the veterinary field actually goes? Dr. Cara Wright joins us to share her journey from clinical practice into equine professional services veterinarian for Merck Animal Health. AI wrote this part ;) Find out how Dr. Cara is leveraging her new platform to make a positive impact in the veterinary world, and how …
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In this snippet: Training follow-up is essential for ensuring that newly acquired skills and knowledge are effectively integrated into daily procedures. Shawn discusses how regular follow-up sessions allow for the reinforcement of key concepts, addressing any lingering questions or concerns, and providing additional guidance as needed. Snippet is j…
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In this episode of the VetMed Mind, David Liss and Rachel Teichberg discuss how to develop growing future leaders and holding them accountable. Drawing from his professional background, David also shares insights on navigating the path forward. David Liss is a veterinary business leader with an MBA, CVPM, and RVT certifications. With a diverse back…
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In this snippet: VGP Director of Coaching Operations Julia Behr introduces a new addition to The VetMed Weekly Huddle series. Starting next Friday, new episodes will feature our Practice Coaching Team. Tune in to gain actionable advice and uncover the keys to fostering a high-performance culture where every individual shines. Snippet is just 42 sec…
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Vets and pet parents come to the medical care experience with their own viewpoints and assumptions on what is necessary or practical when it concerns delivering care. But what does it mean to give, or receive, the right treatment for our pets? In this episode, we explore the spectrum of care, and how professionals balance what might be considered t…
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In this snippet: Matching individuals with roles that suit their strengths and interests is vital. Misalignment's can lead to inefficiencies and dissatisfaction. Shawn discusses how to optimize these matches to improve care quality and staff morale, benefiting the practice and its clients. Snippet is just 2 minutes 48 seconds. New episodes of the V…
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This episode is brimming with insights from the Sustainability in Equine Practice alumni network, exploring the intricacies of interviewing potential team members. Tune in for a quick episode with tactical takeaways! Link to the free download of our interview outline. ... Support the Show. Connect with Stacey or find more from The Whole Veterinaria…
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In this snippet: Another listener question and probably a follow-up to last week's episode. What do you do about someone who is oversharing TMI or just too much personal information? Shawn sets the tone on how to do it professionally in today's huddle. Snippet is just 2 minutes 11 seconds. New episodes of the VetMed Weekly Huddle drop every Monday …
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In this episode of the VetMed Mind, Caydence Cline and Rachel Teichberg discuss the joys, challenges, and meaningful moments that come with sharing the veterinary journey within a familial context. Caydence Cline, FFCP, embarked on her journey with the Arizona Animal Wellness Center in 2021. Even before stepping foot into AAWC, she harbored a passi…
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In this snippet: Being on the receiving end of someone's verbal dumping is never an enjoyable experience. Many times when we verbally dump its because we are looking for someone else to fix the issue or reinforce our feelings. Shawn discusses how lack of boundaries of our feelings can actually harm our relationships. Snippet is just 1 minutes 50 se…
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Whether it’s in our personal or professional lives, for those of us who are naturally empathetic and people pleasers, it’s easy to find ourselves over committed, and taking care of others before taking care of numero uno. Doctoral candidate Kelly Burich offers services and insight to the veterinary field on how we can draw necessary boundaries, for…
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Have you ever wondered how to broach the sensitive subject of salary negotiations in veterinary medicine? Our episode peels back the layers on this under-discussed topic, revealing practical strategies and pivotal preparations for securing a salary that reflects your true worth. We unravel the intricacies of recognizing your contributions to a prac…
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In this snippet: We have a listener question! Shawn loves to answer questions on the Huddle and today he talks about how to be a little more self-aware regarding our tendency to be passive aggressive. It all starts with feedback and clear communication. Snippet is just 2 minutes 41 seconds. New episodes of the VetMed Weekly Huddle drop every Monday…
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In this episode of the VetMed Mind, Dr. Jill Clark and Shawn McVey discuss their adventures together and Jill's unbridled force of positive nature in veterinary medicine. Dr. Jill Clark is a veterinarian with broad experience in veterinary hospital operations and employee development that ranges from individual client interactions to driving broad …
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In this snippet: Shawn discusses why conflict is not that bad, it can actually be a good thing and help move communication forward. Conflict is necessary in growing and building a personal or professional relationship. Though never easy, it can feel more normal over time. Snippet is just 1 minutes 59 seconds. New episodes of the VetMed Weekly Huddl…
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Stephanie Han returns as a 3rd year student; calmer, wiser, more balanced and attenuated to creating a better experience in the doctor-client relationship. Half the challenge (read joy) of the profession is working with clients and patients, and different folks have different needs in the communication department. Sometimes the best lessons are lea…
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If you've ever wondered what the AAEP is doing to support equine veterinarians, this is the episode for you. I am joined today by Dr. Katie Garrett, our current President, and she is an open book in this conversation. Dr. Garrett emphasizes the importance of effective communication and the need for the AAEP to evolve and change as the veterinary pr…
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In this snippet: Perception is so important to basic communication. In this episode Shawn breaks down communication to it's simplest form and reminds us that self reflection is really important to good communication. Snippet is just 2 minutes 55 seconds. New episodes of the VetMed Weekly Huddle drop every Monday at 6 AM Central. Want to get more su…
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In this episode of the VetMed Mind, two larger than life veterinary speakers and friends talk about life in the profession. Dr. Adam Christman is the chief veterinary officer for dvm360® — an MJH Life Sciences® company — who oversees content strategy and development and is the brand voice and personality for dvm360®’s multimedia channels. As a char…
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Clients sometimes don’t realize how above and beyond their vets go for their patients. But some of you have made a real impact on veterinary staff through your acts of gratitude and generosity. This episode, Dr. Scott and Dr. Mike reflect on some of their favorite clients, and celebrate the amazing ways they’ve shown their gratitude through the yea…
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In this snippet: Sometimes we have the unfortunate habit of going on autopilot in our conversations leading to innate responses and reactions to communication. For example, always saying your sorry for something you didn't cause or trigger. Shawn discusses in this weekly huddle how to curb those innate responses and help you identify a better way t…
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Here's another episode where three equine vets get to chit chatting. Thanks to Dr. Misty Gray and Dr. Kelly Zeytoonian for joining me as we dive into some recent topics and share our self-care wins. Chapters 00:36 Discussion on Changing the AAEP Bylaws 07:04 Pushback against Allowing Membership to Vote for AAEP President 16:07 Change Management and…
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In this snippet: This topic is always requested and something Shawn has touched on before, however it's always good to hear it a different way again! As we make our way into a new role or experience we can feel like a fraud. Imposter syndrome is like wearing an invisible cloak woven from self-doubt, where success feels borrowed and accomplishments …
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Ke aloha mai and we are back for 2024! In this episode of the VetMed Mind, we take a trip down memory lane with Shawn McVey and Dr. Jasen Trautwein. Dr. Jasen Trautwein is one of the visionaries behind Veterinary Growth Partners. He has dedicated much of his career to building and creating veterinary industry business models that support practition…
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We are back celebrating Season 7! Dr. Scott and Dr. Mike catch up after a brief hiatus and discuss what to look forward to in upcoming episodes. New drinks, returning friends, and signature banter to be sure. This season the Docs put a focus on the client, and optimizing the experience for everyone involved with the care of our animals. Get your ea…
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In this snippet: A passive-aggressive form of behavior that can lead to resentment and unequal workloads in relationships? Weaponized incompetence. Pretending to be bad at a task to avoid doing it, often used to manipulate others into taking on the responsibility. Have you seen this one before in your practice? It's the opposite of weaponized compe…
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