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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Boyd Martin is a man of extremes. If he's participating, you better believe that he's giving 1000%. In today's episode, we chat about how that approach to life can be both a benefit and a hindrance to success. Boyd shares how he has changed the way he sets himself up for growth and sustainability over the past few years - trust me, a lot of it is v…
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Ever wondered about the secret to a thriving veterinary practice? Look no further, as we introduce you to Dr. Christine Staten, the visionary behind the Veterinary MBA. With her wealth of knowledge from over two decades of experience in the field, Dr. Staten brings you a treasure-trove of insights on navigating the tricky terrains of veterinary pra…
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Can you recognize the signs of burnout, and do you know how to recover? Join me and Dr Amelia Knight Pinkston, a veterinarian and integrative health and life coach, as we journey through her inspiring path from a burnt-out vet to a thriving human being. She has created a program that shows us actionable tools for beating burnout in four main steps.…
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Navigating the landscape of motherhood while practicing veterinary medicine can feel like a tightrope walk. In today's episode, Dr. Emily Singler, author of the book Pregnancy and Postpartum Considerations for the Veterinary Team, is here to share her wisdom with us. A seasoned veterinarian and a mother of four, Emily opens up about her experiences…
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Are you prepared to be inspired by a story of resilience and passion? Meet Dr. Donita McCants, a remarkable veterinarian who turned adversities into stepping-stones on her path to success. From battling ADHD and anxiety to overcoming financial barriers to start her mobile veterinary practice, this amazing woman is a powerhouse of determination and …
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Have you ever wondered what it's like to get involved with organized veterinary medicine? Perhaps you've never even considered it, but today I'm speaking with Dr. Lindy O'Neal as she shares the amazing impact that being involved in the larger veterinary community has had on her career. In our conversation, she opens up about her involvement with th…
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Toxic behaviors have deep-seated impacts on our well-being in veterinary medicine. Systematic changes, clear expectations, workload balancing, and candid communication are crucial to crafting a productive and safer work environment. The episode, featuring return guest Dr. Marie Holowaychuk, highlights the influence of individual attitudes on a team…
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Let's dive into the world of veterinary mentorship with today's guest, Dr. Kate Boatwright. An experienced small animal general practice and emergency veterinarian, Dr. Boatwright is also a celebrated speaker and author. She walks us through the importance of mentorship in the veterinary field, the hurdles new graduates often face, and the idea of …
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Today we dive into the ways that technology and workplace culture intersect when in comes to improving recruitment and retention of our veterinary employees. Stephen McLaughry, CEO and co-founder of Vet Badger, took his skills from the world of software engineering and poured them into the profession of veterinary medicine. He shares his unique jou…
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If you want to discover some tips for planning and running effective meetings, make sure to tune in to this episode as we hear from Dr. Kim Harmon. Kim, who is the managing partner at Fairfield Equine Associates, shares valuable insights on transforming your team meetings into valuable, goal-oriented experiences. If you haven't yet, check out Part …
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Tired of unproductive meetings that just drain your time and energy? Join us as we chat with Dr. Kim Harmon, managing partner at Fairfield Equine Associates, about transforming your veterinary team meetings into productive and enjoyable experiences for everyone, whether you work in a large or small veterinary practice. We'll dive into different typ…
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Struggling with veterinary medical records? Fear not! Today we're joined by Dr. Karen Bolton, an experienced veterinarian with an MBA in business management, who is on a mission to streamline the process! Discover how Karen's journey from equine practice to small animal medicine led her to develop a passion for improving the veterinary field throug…
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FUN NEW FORMAT! Listen in as Misty, Kelly and I discuss our opinions on some hot topics in equine vetmed at the moment. We are all working in spaces of equine veterinary medicine that allow us to hear from the trenches, so we brought up just a couple of things that we have been hearing a lot about lately....and we didn't get to several major topics…
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The field of veterinary social work is emerging as an excellent way to support a healthier practice culture and provide well being resources to both staff and clients. Today you get to hear about the experiences of Christina Malloy, who has been involved in many aspects of the veterinary field, and now offers veterinary social work services and ind…
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If you've ever wondered what the heck you're doing here in vetmed, then this episode is for you. We get to dive deep with veterinarian and author, Dr. Mike Bugg, about his new book, You're Gonna Get Peed On: How Veterinarians Can Keep Their Dream Job From Becoming a Nightmare While Working Less and Earning More. I can't recommend it highly enough -…
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Let's be real. Being a veterinarian is hard sometimes. Tune in today to hear why I think that Mindful Self-Compassion work could be key to sustaining yourself in veterinary medicine. I have found such huge benefits from my self-compassion practice that I am excited to share the research and ideas with you. Much gratitude for the research and work o…
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Are you questioning whether relief veterinary work might be in your future? Dr. Cindy Trice and Dr. Julie Liu join me today to discuss all of the ways that relief work has benefitted their lives. They also share some insightful thoughts around some of the hurdles of getting started in the relief industry. Luckily, they are both putting out amazing …
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Today's episode is a fun collaboration with some of my amazing colleagues! Dr. Moriah McCauley of That Vet Life Podcast, Drs. Marci Kirk and Annie Chavent of My Veterinary Life Podcast and I sat down to discuss our experiences at the Veterinary Leadership Conference which is hosted every January by the AVMA. It is a really unique conference and we …
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Building a brand for your veterinary clinic or for yourself personally is a daunting task. And like today's guest mentions in the episode, you are building a brand whether you like it or not, so why not be in charge of how people see you? Danielle K. Lambert shares many more marketing gems in today's episode. She is the CEO and Founder of The Snout…
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If you have student loan debt or are still in vet school, tune in to today's minisode! Dr. Rebecca Mears generously shared some amazingly helpful information with me recently, and I knew I had to share it with you all. VIN Foundation has a plethora of great information available to veterinary professionals for ZERO dollars :) ... Personalized help …
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Let's be honest. We need to make a profit to keep our practices open. But what is the cost of running a veterinary business without taking your team's wellbeing into consideration? Today you get to hear the numbers when it comes to recruitment, burnout, staff turnover and all things workplace wellbeing. Mr. Matthew Salois, PhD is an economist who i…
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In sharing her path from burned out surgical resident to thriving house call concierge vet, Dr. Eve Harrison highlights a fundamental truth - veterinary medicine can truly be whatever you make of it. We talk a lot about the logistics of screening clients as she describes the strict boundaries around her practice culture, but in doing so, we are giv…
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In this episode, Dr. Vanessa and Hubby Glen laugh and let loose about some perplexing questions Dr. Vanessa has been asked over the years. SUNDAYS FOR DOGS, 35% OFF with Code FUNNYBONES https://sundaysfordogs.com/ SUSTEAU, 15% OFF with Code FUNNYBONES https://susteau.com/ Questions/Comments/Concerns/PR or Funny Stories: funnybonespodcast@gmail.com …
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In this episode, Dr. Vanessa and Hubby Glen chit chat about different expectations new graduates may have after graduating from veterinary school. WE HAVE SPONSORS NOW! (See links below). USE CODE FUNNYBONES for dollars off your first order. SUNDAYS FOR DOGS, 35% OFF with Code FUNNYBONES https://sundaysfordogs.com/ SUSTEAU, 15% OFF with Code FUNNYB…
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Have you struggled to create a cohesive vetmed team? Are you having difficulty attracting the right talent? Are you confused as to why you work in a veterinary clinic that has no direction or actual leadership? Dr. Dave Nicol of VetX International is here to help us understand how vital leadership is for the health and wellbeing of the entire vet p…
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In this episode, Dr. Vanessa and Hubby Glen interview special guest star, Dr. Dogan, founder of the Veterinary Confessionals Project. Dr. Dogan shares with us her inspiration behind the Veterinary Confessionals Project and we do a deep drive into one of the industry's most positive influences. Veterinary Confessionals Links: Veterinary Confessional…
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Dr. Vanessa & Hanna go under the microscope with Dr. Ashley, a clinical pathologist, who reports her experience and life in the wonderful world of all things clin path. WE HAVE SPONSORS NOW! (See links below). USE CODE FUNNYBONES for dollars off your first order. SUNDAYS FOR DOGS, 35% OFF with Code FUNNYBONES https://sundaysfordogs.com/ SUSTEAU, 15…
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Spectrum of care may or may not be a new phrase for you. I feel as though I personally only understood it in vague terms, but after speaking with Dr. Cherice Roth for today's episode, I am clearly on the "this is super important!" bandwagon! Today we cover everything from the transition from vet school into practice to providing care for under-serv…
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When you think of amazing leaders throughout history, there's a good chance you're thinking of someone who has enacted transformational leadership. Today we get to learn all about the pillars of transformational leadership - what it's made of, why it can be so beneficial, and what some of the downsides might be in this interview with Dr. Andrew Cic…
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The new directors of Non-Profit Initiatives at Galaxy Vets , Dr. Andrew Ciccolini, joins me today to introduce The Galaxy Vets Foundation. Please consider donating any resources that you might have available, be it time or financial support. ... About Galaxy Vets Foundation Galaxy Vets Foundation is a non-profit arm of Galaxy Vets, an employee-owne…
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Real talk regarding sustainability in equine veterinary medicine. For this episode, I'm joined by the co-creators of The Sustainability in Equine Practice Seminar and Retreat as we share some of the highlights of the past two events. The community formed over these two very special weekends can be described as nothing other than magical. We are exc…
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Clients can be creepy sometimes, but sometimes vets can too. In this episode, Dr. Vanessa and Husband Glen go over a few true stories about vets misbehaving. Trigger warning: Dramatic events, animal cruelty, graphic imagery, disturbing events. Questions/Comments/Concerns/PR or Funny Stories: funnybonespodcast@gmail.com Funny Bones Podcast Instagram…
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From workplace culture to salary structure to having time to ride your own horse, Dr. Mike Pownall joins me to discuss all of the important aspects of creating a workplace where veterinarians want to be. You don't want to miss any of the gems that he shares after having grown a practice with his wife, Dr. Melissa McKee, over the past 20 years and h…
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Highlighting equine practices that are moving away from "traditional" equine veterinary norms is a way to bridge the gap that exists between younger and older veterinarians. We cannot hope to attract new talent to our pool of equine veterinarians if recent grads and students don't know that there ARE progressive practices out there. I'm excited to …
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Husband Glen and Dr. Vanessa crack down on debunking some common myths and misconceptions about what it's like to be in a relationship with a veterinarian and share some tips for relationship success. Questions/Comments/Concerns/PR or Funny Stories: funnybonespodcast@gmail.com Funny Bones Podcast Instagram: www.instagram.com/funnybonespodcast…
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Julie Squires is back to take a deeper dive with us into the actual practice of setting boundaries! She has such important insight into what work we need to do when approaching boundaries in the workplace. You will get a ton of ideas from this episode regarding how to start a boundary discovery process and how to approach conversations in the workp…
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You are not alone if you struggle to communicate with your boss or your employees. We are at a time in the world where five different generations are forced to play nicely when it comes to working together. Jay McChord is here today to help us understand just how differently all of these generations view life and work. You'll also get to hear an aw…
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Hang on to your hats, folks. Dr. Brooke Bowman and I cover a range of issues that equine veterinarians face - everything from racetrack practice to alternative work schedules to boundaries with clients and back around to mental illness. We also touch on racing cars and hanging out at Tootsie's Honkeytonk, so be prepared for a rowdy conversation! **…
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Dr. Daly and Dr. McAndrews share one more gem regarding solo equine practice. We discuss how collaboration is KEY to success in practice. Find out more about my guests below... Amelie McAndrews, DVM McAndrews@gardenstateequine.com www.gardenstateequine.com Caitlin Daly, DVM https://www.midcoastequine.com/ midcoastequine@gmail.com ... Find out more …
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