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Is it impossible for veterinarians to aim for more balance? The Whole Veterinarian podcast is about sharing experiences and starting 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. Vets are some of the hardest working and most dedicated professionals out there; together, let’s learn how to develop a life we love.
 
Podcast for Veterinary Professionals | Start living an empowered, joyful, balanced career as a Veterinarian, Vet Tech, Veterinary Practice Manager. You got through Vet school and thought that was the hard part. Now, you realized it was just the beginning.* Toxic work environment* Weekend shifts & on-call duty* Difficult clients & patients that don't get better* Imposter Syndrome & fear of being sued* Compassion Fatigue & burnout* Career Regret Dr. Cari Wise helps veterinary professionals cre ...
 
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Joy and Happiness are NOT the same things. Joy is more than an emotion... It is a way of being... It is most highly experienced when we develop truth for ourselves in nine key areas... the nine buckets of alignment as I like to call them. Our human experience, left unquestioned and absent of intention, cannot (and will not) fill these nine buckets.…
 
How do your boundaries hold up against the daily pressures of veterinary medicine? In this episode, Dr. Danielle Alleman of Empathos Vet shares how her struggles with setting firm boundaries quickly led her down the path toward burnout. Her own self-discovery and personal development has gotten her to a healthier place in veterinary medicine; she i…
 
Our experience in veterinary medicine is determined by our thoughts about it. Habit thoughts... Thoughts we’ve been imprinted with from those around us (parents, teachers, colleagues, clients, media, etc.)... Thoughts we haven’t intentionally chosen for ourselves... So WHY? Why are some of us greatly influenced by others, and some of us are not? Wh…
 
The Covid-19 pandemic has been with us for a year now and will continue to linger for the indefinite future in some way, shape, or form. Veterinary Medicine, like many industries, has been forced to adjust and adapt. A year in, our colleagues in clinical practice are exhausted. Like much of the rest of the world, we’re dreaming of getting back to n…
 
Veterinarians are leaders whether we are prepared for this role or not. Leadership is certainly not taught to us in vet school but the nature of this profession forces us to learn a few skills on the job. In this episode, I speak with Iggy Perillo of WSL Leadership Coaching about some of the unique ways that veterinarians (especially associates!) m…
 
I don't care whether or not you stay in veterinary practice, or totally leave every potential job related to a veterinary license behind. I really don't. I care about your personal well-being. I care about your future happiness. I care about your purpose (I KNOW you have one, even if you aren't so sure). I also care about the decision many of us ke…
 
Katie graciously spent a bit of extra time talking with me about the psychological and social benefits of gratitude. Gratitude journaling is something that I have done regularly for the past year or so; it has made a monumental difference in my day-to-day outlook. Please have a listen and see if this might be something that you could work into your…
 
What do you hate about Vet Med? I'm guessing creating that list would come pretty easily. I suspect justifying that list with your personal experiences would be effortless. I bet you could even round up a group of colleagues who would agree with you... ... who would share their similar experiences... ... who would create their own, very similar, li…
 
Have you ever felt like you weren't qualified enough to be treating the animal standing in front of you? You are not alone. Join me as I chat with Dr. Katie Ford about her experiences with imposter syndrome and why they led her to dive deep into this topic. She is a wealth of information and I cannot thank her enough for sharing what she's learned …
 
The most common response to discomfort is to take action that results in a change. Makes sense from a survival perspective... (especially if you are being pursued by predators.) BUT... this "habit of leaving" isn't doing us any favors in the pursuit of our best lives. Sure, there will be jobs, relationships, and other circumstances in our lives tha…
 
As a veterinary professional you are likely a very smart person. After all, it wasn't by accident that you were able to pass those board examinations to secure your licensure... But something happens to many of us once we get into practice... The real-world becomes overwhelming and confusing. Our logical and strategic left-brained thinking tries to…
 
Isaiah Douglass joins us today to break down some important topics - best ways to choose a financial planner, why you need to know the value of your practice if you own one, ways in which ownership can benefit an individual… and my personal favorite - you are allowed to fire toxic clients! Plus, he gave us a ton of resources and tips on leadership …
 
What if you were never meant to work in Vet Med forever? What if the clinical practice was only supposed to be a tiny part of your journey? What if you were never supposed to "fit in" there? If these things are true, then did you make a mistake pursuing it in the first place? Many of us would believe Yes. Some of our friends, family members, and co…
 
Dr. Tannetje' Crocker has worked really hard to develop an impressive social media following and the content that she provides to young veterinarians is invaluable. In this episode, she gives some tactical pointers on how and why a social media presence (and therefore, a personal brand!) can be really important for your career. Tune in to hear how …
 
You and I have at least one thing in common... We both pursued careers in Vet Med. Beyond that, there are similarities, and there are differences. Society and culture would have us believe our differences are problematic. This idea is so integrated that it leaves us comparing ourselves to others... Not measuring up... Concluding that the others hav…
 
If you own a practice, are looking to hire or you hold just about any job in the veterinary profession, you're going to want to hear all of the insight that Dr. Tannetje' Crocker shares with us today. She has a pulse on the newest generation of veterinarians; it's in all of our best interests to hear what they need from the more-seasoned practition…
 
"I just can't do this anymore." Most of us in the veterinary profession have said those words... at least to ourselves. Maybe the last time was after a particularly sad euthanasia. Or, maybe after an ugly encounter with a client. Or, perhaps, when leaving work hours after the scheduled end of your shift. There comes a point for all of us when we ar…
 
Veterinary medicine brings us the opportunity to feel all the feels. You might struggle with that part. I did. I still do, sometimes. If you're anything like me, you probably have a tendency toward perfectionism. Perhaps you beat yourself up from time to time. And, maybe, you use things like junk food, television, shopping, and even overworking to …
 
In this episode, you will gain valuable insight into how to start the dreaded money conversation with your partner or spouse. Adam Kol and I discuss the ways in which you can start this conversation and why it's so important. Listen in for all of Adam's amazing advice and expertise. Here is the Couples Money Personality Type Quiz! bit.ly/LoveMoneyQ…
 
Our world is full of never-ending opportunities to be stimulated. Veterinary jobs reinforce this with overbooked schedules and chaotic days. The unpredictable nature of practicing medicine doesn't help. Many of us get through our days with a combination of adrenaline and caffeine. We then collapse in physical exhaustion when we get home... but the …
 
"A habit is a behavior that has been repeated enough to become automatic." -James Clear- ... Here are 3 quick takeaways from one of my favorite books! James Clear's book, Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad ones, is a MUST READ. Today you are going to hear three lessons from it that I have incorporated into my own l…
 
Are you experiencing the compounding effect of anxiety and stress? Does it seem like it's getting heavier than usual? You aren't alone! If you're like me, your mind drifts frequently to the "what if..." And, let's face it... with the pandemic, election-related activities, and our own personal and professional challenges... we have a lot of material…
 
Katie Berlin, DVM, NASM-CPT discusses her thoughts on physical fitness and mental resiliency and the effects they can have on veterinarians. She shares personal insights and very relatable stories in today's episode. We hope our conversation will encourage you to explore a new way to challenge yourself. Please make sure to go check out her podcast,…
 
We often experience an emotional rollercoaster in veterinary medicine. There are extreme moments of happiness, relief, and appreciation... And there are also extreme moments of grief, regret, and fear. However, the framework of our veterinary careers, and entire lives, actually creates no emotion for us at all. Life has two components: Framework Ex…
 
Season 2 of The Whole Veterinarian will start January 14, 2021! Get excited because there is a ton of great content coming your way. I also wanted to highlight a workshop from Empathos Veterinary Wellness (aka Dr. Danielle Alleman) on January 17th. Here's the link to more information about her boundaries workshop. The Limit Does Not Exist: Creating…
 
There are Four Root Causes of all Anxiety in Vet Med: Unexpected Outcomes Personal Inexperience Human Interactions Prior Decisions These causes have two things in common: None of them are within our control. All of them are anchored in Fear. Because they are anchored in fear, they feel extra terrible. They feel like something we need to fix, solve …
 
The new year is coming. So, where do you land? In the camp of excited anticipation? Or in the camp of dread, doubt, uneasiness, and a little bit of fear? No doubt, 2020 threw us a hefty dose of the unexpected... But... ...not really more than any other year. Read that again... Not really more than any other year. What we can predict has remained un…
 
The decisions we make exclusively from our emotional experience often do not create the results we ultimately want. We make decisions this way because we want to feel better. And when we make these decisions rashly. It's simply evidenced that we want to feel better immediately. It works... for a while. When we change our circumstances we automatica…
 
You heard me mention how much I enjoyed the Global Veterinary Career Summit back in Episode 8 when I interviewed Dr. Melanie Barham. She, along with Dr. Ebony Escalona and Dr. Emma Davis, put together this virtual summit in June of 2020. They are currently offering listeners a BOGO deal - during the month of December you will get a ticket to watch …
 
Thinking about quitting Vet Med? You aren’t alone. Thoughts of leaving this sh*twshow behind are pretty common for a lot of us. Ya, Really! But, why? Here’s where it gets interesting... Why are you thinking about leaving your job? Why are you thinking about ditching the profession altogether? My guess: the VMVs... Blame directed at the Vet Med Vill…
 
We put a lot of pressure on happiness. We've turned it into the measure of the quality of our life and career. Of course, we want to be happy! But in pursuit of that, we've turned the absence of happiness into something that it is not. Absence of happiness does not mean something is going wrong. Absence of happiness does not mean something needs to…
 
Some of the hardest components of a veterinary career are amplified by four things: Stressful Client Interactions Unexpected Patient Death Board Complaints / Negative Performance Evaluations Negative Online Business Reviews We try our best to avoid these things... ... to keep them from happening. And then when they do, we turn inward... > we blame …
 
You want me to join what?!?! If you've never heard of a mastermind, or if you haven't found the right people to connect with, please have a listen to this short bonus episode. Iggy Perillo is a mastermind cultivator with over 20 years of leadership and team-building experience. She is forming a veterinary-focused mastermind group in January 2021; w…
 
In veterinary medicine and life, happiness is never something to be found, it is only something to be created. Happiness is an emotion. Emotions are never created by the events of the world. This faulty conclusion we've drawn about the things that happen to be the cause of the way we feel is defeating. When we believe our happiness (and other emoti…
 
The creators of Peace Within Mindfulness generously shared one of their veterinary-focused mindfulness episodes with us this week! You DEFINITELY have time to fit this short practice into your day today. You can also hear more from Dr. Sarah Montgomery in our discussion on Episode 13! Thank you, Sarah and Zak! Please check them out on Instagram @pe…
 
In an uncontrollable world, there is one thing you can control one hundred percent of the time... You. Unfortunately, many of us give away that control, which compounds the impact. The ways in which we give up our control are subtle. We don't recognize these three simple things have a massive negative impact on our lives, self-confidence, and our f…
 
The Vet Med journey is not predictable. Despite the shared experiences of those who’ve gone before, the journeys of others are not indicative of our own. We will forge our own paths. Left to chance, those paths look very similar. But, intentionally decided, they look very different. Vet Med is simply a catalyst. The ultimate question becomes this: …
 
In this week's episode, I pull back the curtain and share some exciting changes coming to Joyful DVM and Vet Life Academy. I also share how you can Reboot your Vet Life and career with the help of our brand new course: Vet Life Reboot. In just six weeks you can improve work-life balance and decrease stress. We'll be digging deep into the 5 Componen…
 
You're about to get some serious insight from a rockstar in the financial independence and real estate world. I am so grateful that I was able to interview Scott Trench for this week's episode. Scott very generously let me throw some tough topics at him. He was able to frame our student debt issues in a really interesting way and also shares some v…
 
Veterinary Work-Life Balance is an interesting thing. In Vet Med we often lament about not having it ... and we identify it as a must-have when searching for new jobs. Many of us believe the perfect job can make work-life balance a reality for us. So, we actively seek work-life balance, as if it is something to be found... as if it's, something we'…
 
The veterinary environment can be rough. Mentally. Physically. Emotionally. We often blame the clients, and their behavior, for our experience. But, it doesn't start there. It starts closer to home. Many of us experience work environments where gossiping and back-stabbing are the norm... ... where "us against them" is common... ... where nobody see…
 
Grief is not the easiest topic to discuss. I'm generalizing here, but I think most of us would like to avoid it completely. Unfortunately, we will all face loss and grief at some point in our personal lives and many of us have already met it head on. Veterinarians deal with grieving owners all of the time; we may not be professionally trained but w…
 
Remember the Bluebirds I talked about back in Episode 11? They taught me a great lesson, which I shared on the podcast, about how to overcome obstacles. (If you haven't listened to Episode 11, consider checking it out.) Turns out, they had more wisdom to share. Perseverance: The ability to keep doing something despite how hard it is and how long it…
 
Uncertainty creates fear. Veterinary Medicine is full of uncertainty. It's no wonder many of us feel stressed, anxious, and worried a lot of the time. Under all of those emotions is fear. We've tried our best to eliminate the uncertainty. We've become control freaks & perfectionists. (okay, okay... so maybe those aren't new traits... but they are m…
 
I am so excited to share my conversation with Dr. Sarah Montgomery! Sarah is a PhD in Curriculum Studies (she teaches people how to teach people!) and is also a Certified Mindfulness Instructor. She gives a wonderful and scientific overview of the basics of mindfulness and why it can be so helpful to veterinary professionals. She's got all of the s…
 
Fear is a powerful motivator. It makes perfect since when we remember the original purpose of this emotion... Self Preservation. Fear is part of our built-in alert system. Super useful when our ancestors were being hunted by predators, not so much today. The alert system still exists... and it’s really good at sending off false alarms. Fear is so i…
 
Feeling angry with your veterinary clients because they just don't get it? Tired of the complaining about scheduling appointments, curbside service, and the inability to get in same-day? Wishing they'd just chill out and understand what you're going through? You aren't alone. But it's not just veterinary clinics experiencing this Extra from clients…
 
Kelly Zeytoonian, DVM, MBA, CERP joins me this week as we discuss everything from contract negotiations to setting boundaries with clients to how to grow your veterinary business. Although it sounds business-focused, my overall takeaway is that in order to stay happy and healthy in veterinary medicine, you need to learn to advocate for yourself. Be…
 
How's your mood? Think back over the last several days, weeks, or even months... How have you been feeling? These may seem like random questions, but the answers explain Everything about the progress you've been making (or not making) toward creating the life you want. Your mood is a direct reflection of your Net Emotional State. So, if you're spen…
 
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