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English, Finance, 4 seasons, 162 episodes, 6 days, 11 hours, 26 minutes
Does work life balance really exist in the veterinary industry? Veterinarians Dr Gerardo Poli and Dr Hubert Hiemstra believe that knowledge is for sharing, so with the help of their guests they are unlocking the tips, tools and tactics that you’ll need to build the veterinary career you have always wanted and supercharge your passion for life. We speak to some of the most inspiring and energised veterinary professionals in the world and discuss the attitudes and actions that allows them to thrive. Could these be the mentors you’ve been looking for? 
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IVECCS '23 Day 4 Highlights: Everything you every wanted to know (and a few things you didn't know you had to know!) about pro-kinetics. With Dr Claire Sharp.

For todays IVECCS highlight episode we’re sharing a full interview instead of a highlights reels to give you a better idea of what exactly I’ve been up to with the incredible IVECCS speakers. This one recording is a conversation with Dr Claire Sharp about pro-kinetics, a topic that I thought would be a quick 10 or 15 minute discussion, but Dr Claire’s knowledge goes much too deep for that! She guides us through decision-making around when you should be using them, what you should look at BEFORE you start them, we detour into a great discussion around pain control as it pertains to finding the balance between sufficient pain control and ileus, and a pro’s guide of the different pro-kinetics and how to use them.  If you like this conversation you’ll love our clinical podcasts and the associated show notes in our searchable database. Check out our almost 500 episodes in ECC, Medicine and Surgery at, or use this link to access our exclusive (and very short lived!) ⁠⁠40% off forever discount⁠⁠. Our supporters at Tarkine shoes⁠⁠ are also offering a 30% off the world's most eco-friendly high-performance running shoes/work shoes to our listeners during IVECCS. (Code automatically applied at checkout with this link).  --- Send in a voice message:
9/11/202344 minutes, 41 seconds
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IVECCS '23 Highlights Day 3: With Dr Temple Grandin, Dr Leo Londono, Dr Matthew Booth, Dr Paul Aldridge, Prof Michael Schaer, Dr Shane Bateman and Dr Amanda Cavanagh.

We've wrapped up day three at ⁠IVECCS⁠, and what an incredible day it was! Today featured Dr Amanda Cavanagh who provided invaluable tips on ensuring safe sedation in various situations, including a thorough review of popular sedation and anaesthetic drugs. Dr Shane Bateman discussed innovative business models that offer a comprehensive spectrum of care, while Prof. Michael Schaer engaged us in a fascinating discussion on the use of antivenom in American snakes versus Australian snakes. Dr Paul Aldridge shared practical advice on managing the challenging scenario of post-trauma abdominal bleeding when it's not bleeding from the spleen. Dr Matt Booth delved into strategies for retaining ER veterinarians within your practice, and Dr Leo Londono explored the topic of whether our patients truly require intravenous fluids following an NSAID overdose. And last but certainly not least, Dr Temple Grandin shared some tips for neurodivergent veterinarians. On the couch I was joined by Dr Ellie Lester and Dr Lisa Brumby - both from Animal Emergency Australia where I get to do my clinical work.  Check out Dr Booth's Vet ⁠Schedule Survey, to be heard on how you’d like to have your shifts structured as an ECC vet. Don’t forget about our 40% off forever discount on Vet Vault Clinical subscriptions which is available for the duration of IVECCS, as well as 30% off the world's most eco-friendly high-performance running shoes/work shoes from Tarkine shoes (code automatically applied at checkout with this link).  Content guide: Dr Cavanagh: 1:58 Prof Bateman: 7:20 Prof Schaer: 11:20 Dr Booth: 15:37 Dr Aldridge: 20:35 Dr Londono: 27:49 Dr Temple Grandin: 33:34 --- Send in a voice message:
9/10/202336 minutes, 54 seconds
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IVECCS '23 Day 2 Live Podcast Highlights: With Prof Karen Tobias, Dr Virginie Wurlod, Josh Vaisman & Dr Marie Holowaychuk, Prof Marc Seitz, Prof Harry Cridge and Dr Rebekah Donaldson.

It’s the end of the second day of our special ⁠IVECCS⁠ series where we share a short highlights reel every day from our conversations with the amazing speakers at IVECCS '23 about what is new and what’s important in the land of emergency and critical care.  Today I had the pleasure of interviewing 6 world-class specialists, talking about decontamination for toxins with Dr Virginie Wurlod, creating businesses with a culture that protects mental well-being with Josh Vaisman & Dr Marie Holowaychuk, point of care ultrasound in the blocked cat with Prof Marc Seitz, surgical tips for wounds and for septic peritonitis with prof Karen Tobias, cool stuff for treating pancreatitis with Prof Harry Cridge, and reducing cognitive load in veterinary practice with Dr Rebekah Donaldson. As you can imagine - I’m like a kid in a candy shop, and you'll have some epic content coming over the next few months, but for now, here are our daily highlights of little nuggets that I’ve pulled from each of these conversations.  Here's a link⁠ for our 40% off IVECCS discount to our clinical podcasts. The Vet Vault is supported by ⁠Tarkine Shoes⁠ - the world's most eco-friendly high-performance running shoe, (and also my favourite high-performance work shoe!) They've given us a 30% discount for all Tarkine purchases during IVECCS. Use code Vetvault at checkout when you purchase your Trail Devils, or anything else in the Tarkine store. --- Send in a voice message:
9/9/202335 minutes, 29 seconds
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IVECCS '23 Day 1 Live Podcast Highlights: With Dr Gregory Lisciandro, Dr Elke Rudloff and Dr Raegan Wells.

For the next few days IVECCS is taking over the Vet Vault, or the Vet Vault is taking over IVECSS, I’m not sure which is which! We’ll post a short highlights reel every day from our conversations with the amazing speakers at IVECCS '23 about what is new and what’s important in the land of emergency and critical care.  Today we chatted with Dr Gregory Lisiandro about what’s different when you’re doing a AFAST or TFAST scan on a cat vs a dog, and why we should stop doing something called flashing when we do FAST scans... We have two very cool tricks from Dr Elke Rudloff for diagnosing GI foreign bodies and for treating intussusception, and we wrap up the day with Dr Raegan Wells talking about snake bite diagnostics. I'm joined by my colleagues from Animal Emergency Australia, Australia's biggest Emergency Veterinary Group, Dr Tom Wright and Dr Will Crosby for the conversation with Dr Lisiandro. Here's a link for our 40% off IVECCS discount to our clinical podcasts. The Vet Vault is supported by Tarkine Shoes - the world's most eco friendly high performance running shoe, (and also my favourite high performance work shoe!) They've given us a 30% discount for all Tarkine purchases during IVECCS. Use code Vetvault at checkout when you purchase your Trail Devils, or anything else in the Tarkine store. --- Send in a voice message:
9/8/202321 minutes, 16 seconds
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Housekeeping episode: Money and attention

A quick discussion on how we've decided to handle sponsors, affiliate programs and money in general on the Vet Vault and what it means for you.  --- Send in a voice message:
8/30/20223 minutes, 59 seconds
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Diabetes 101: Everything insulin

Here are some facts about insulin that you are likely familiar with:  0.25-0.5 IU/kg starting dose. Do a glucose curve soon after starting insulin to assess the response.  Feed a special diabetic diet.  Give insulin at the time of feeding.  Glargine is the best insulin for cats.  Most owners wouldn’t consider injecting their pets three times a day.  Diabetes 101, right? But our guest for this episode is questioning these, and many other of the foundational truths around diabetes therapy. Jump right in for a fundamental shift in how you manage your diabetic cats and dogs.  Professor David Church is an internationally recognised specialist in disorders of the endocrine system in dogs and cats based at the Royal Veterinary College in London. David’s current research interests include the underlying mechanism for the development and resolution of diabetes mellitus, the use of clinical data collected from general veterinary practices to enhance understanding and consequently improve both the health and welfare of animals, and the use of ‘big data’ from general practice for managing animal health and welfare. David is the author of over 150 scientific articles and numerous book chapters. This is episode #7 out of 10 of the conversations we’ve had to date with Prof Church about diabetes on our clinical series. From understanding the pathogenesis and pathopysiology of diabetes, to the revised basics of treatment, and all the way to a super-simple treatment protocol for the very sick DKA patient.  Go and check it out, along with another 150+ clinical episodes at, the easiest way to reboot your clinical knowledge without spending your precious time staring at screens.  The show notes for this episode with all the important bits from it lives at  --- Send in a voice message:
3/2/202223 minutes, 20 seconds
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Treating anaphylaxis. With Dr Rob Webster

A bonus episode from the Vet Vault Clinical ECC podcast. We deal with fat lips from bee and wasp stings on a daily basis in practice, but what about the more severe full-blown anaphylaxis reaction? It's a whole different kettle of fish! In this recent episode from the Vet Vault Clinical podcast, critical care specialist Dr Rob Webster talks us through treating the collapsed anaphylactic dog, including the role of steroids, anti-histamines, and adrenaline.   If you enjoy this format of continuing education then go to to access more episodes on small animal medicine, emergency/critical care, and surgery, and to access the show notes with doses and treatment reminders.  Enjoy.  --- Send in a voice message:
4/14/202117 minutes, 22 seconds
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#42: Burnout: The bigger picture. With Dr Ivan Zakharenkov

Our guest for today Is Dr Ivan Zakharenkov, or Ivan Zak as he’s better known. Ivan is a veterinarian and an entrepreneur committed to creating products that empower healthcare teams to live their passion. If you haven’t heard of Ivan then there’s a fair chance that you have heard of, or possibly use his brainchild on a daily basis in your hospital: Ivan was the founder of the now-ubiquitous veterinary software Smartflow. It was Ivan’s personal journey as a practicing veterinarian for 12 years that led to the development of Smartflow, and eventually to his current mission. Early in his career, Ivan experienced severe burnout, and it was that experience that has led him to explore the psychological triggers of burnout and business methodologies that veterinary organizations can apply to work against them. Researching this topic, Ivan obtained an MBA degree in International Healthcare Management and wrote a dissertation “Implementation of lean thinking to improve employee experience.” Today Ivan is leading Veterinary Integration Solutions, a technology company helping veterinary groups implement an operating framework for sustainable integration of practices with a special focus on burnout prevention. Our conversation covers some of the highlights of the findings of the burnout study and his thinking about solutions to burnout. What I love about Ivan’s thinking that has flowed from the study is that the focus is not on how we as individuals can get better at preventing burnout - instead it focuses on the causes of burnout at a management and leadership level, and on practical solutions. Ivan talks openly about his experience with burnout and how to identify it, we discuss the 6 triggers of burnout and strategies to mitigate it, Ivan gives us an inside perspective on how corporate veterinary practice works that might surprise you, and we talk about money and it’s role in job satisfaction and burnout, and much more. Go to  for the show notes, to get your hands on the answers to ‘the one question’ from our first 20 guests, and to check out our guests’ favourite books, podcasts, and everything else we talk about in the show. If you want to lift your clinical game, subscribe to our clinical podcast series at for weekly short and sharp high-value clinical updates that you can consume on the go. We love to hear from you. If you have a question for us or you’d like to give us some feedback please leave us a voice message by going to our episode page on the anchor app ( and hitting the record button, via email at [email protected], or just catch up with us on Instagram. ( And iff you like what you heard then please share the love by clicking on the share button wherever you’re listening and sending a link to someone who you know will enjoy listening. --- Send in a voice message:
4/3/20211 hour, 3 minutes, 28 seconds
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The Paradox of being exceptional: Vet Vault Quickie with Dr. Oliver Liyou.

Today we're digging deep into the Vault to bring you this slightly alternative view from Dr Oliver Liou. We can get very focused on being high achievers and all round awesomeness, but is that always good for us? In this Vet Vault quickie Oliver talks about the flip side of being exceptional, and how to deal with the fallout of becoming 'too good' at your job.  --- Send in a voice message:
2/20/20209 minutes, 41 seconds
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#12: Career diversity with the 2018 WSAVA Vet Of The Year. Dr Guy Weerasinghe.

One of our criteria for selecting guests here at the vet vault is to find people from across varied and interesting parts of our profession to showcase all doors that can open to you with your veterinary degree. Well, today’s guest is the poster boy for veterinary career diversity! Dr Guy Weerasinghe has covered more ground in the veterinary profession than many of us will do in a lifetime. He’s been in diary vet in New Zealand, a small animal shelter vet for the RSPCA - Australia’s largest veterinary charity, he’s worked in government doing field surveillance and policy, and has spent time in general small animal practice. During this time he gained a masters degree in Veterinary Public Health, and then became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventative Medicine: in other words - he’s a certified Veterinary Public Health specialist. While he was doing all of this he co-founded an online employment agency, served as the President of Australian Veterinarians in Public Health, was a branch president for the Australian Veterinary Association, co-authored the AVA’s official position statement on climate change, and became a regular speaker at a range of global conferences on the subjects of zoonoses and preventative medicine. A career like this does not go unnoticed, and Guy was elected as the World Small Animal Veterinary Associations’ young veterinarian of the year for 2018. He is currently a veterinary officer with the Northern Australia Quarantine Strategy under the Department of Agriculture - in other words: he’s a Veterinary Public heath government vet, and, to top off a big decade, he became a dad 18 months ago. All of this in less than 10 years! As you can imagine - we had a lot to talk about. Join us to hear about how to take off your blinkers to be able to see all the opportunities that are out there for vets, about how to recognise your limitations and identify your skills, and about the joy of dealing with clients, even when they don’t like you! Guy also tells us about the pathway into a career in veterinary public health, and of course what life as a government vet is like, and much much more. Please enjoy - Dr Guy Weerasinghe. --- Send in a voice message:
8/21/20191 hour, 29 minutes, 57 seconds
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#8: Defining the problem. Prof Jill Maddison

Professor Jill Maddison is currently Professor of General Practice, Director of Professional Development and Director of the BVetMed course at the Royal Veterinary College in the United Kingdom. She is actively involved in undergraduate teaching and CPD at the RVC in the areas of small animal medicine, clinical problem solving and clinical pharmacology. She has lectured extensively around the world on clinical problem solving, small animal internal medicine and clinical pharmacology. If you’ve ever listened to one of her lectures you’ll know that she is the epitome of clear-minded scientific thinking. And if you haven’t had the privilege of hearing her speak - well, luckily she’ has a book just for you: Jill is senior editor of a book called Clinical Reasoning in Small Animal Practice, a must-read for anyone in practice. She’s also published over 60 refereed papers in veterinary and medical journals and is the senior editor of a previous book, Small Animal Clinical Pharmacology. To keep in touch with the realities of private general practice she consults at a local veterinary practice and at the RVC’s first opinion practice, the Beaumont Sainsbury Animal Hospital. In this episode we talk about clinical vet work for a change: Jill talks about some common mistakes that many vets make when it comes to clinical decision making, and why curiosity and thinking skills are more important than knowledge and facts. Jill gives us her insights about the value of internships and tells us what her favourite textbooks are for everyday practice. Please enjoy - the queen of small animal veterinary medicine - Professor Jill Madison. --- Send in a voice message:
6/22/20191 hour, 22 minutes, 6 seconds
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# 6: Simple habits, big results. Dr Paula Parker

For this episode we are fortunate to have with us a young vet who is contributing more to the veterinary profession in her relatively short career than many of us will do in a lifetime. Dr Paula Parker was the president of the Australian Veterinary Association for 2018/19, and is the youngest person ever to be elected to this position. When she is not leading the team that makes major policy decisions and guides the future of our our profession both in Australia and internationally she works as an emergency vet in a practice in the Gold Coast, Australia. Our chat with Paula unearthed some very practical tips and tools for every day life as a vet. I personally found the discussions about productivity, mental resetting and transitioning, and how to get past no especially useful. We also cover a wide range of other topics, like the pros and cons of rural practice, how to deal with being the ‘new vet’, especially the new ‘girl’ vet in a farm practice environment, controlling the controllables, the value of serving on committees and other organisations, and about vomiting for fun... Paula addresses a huge issue for many people in our profession: money - how to think about it, how to talk about it, and how to make it. We trust that you’ll find this conversation as inspiring as we did. --- Send in a voice message:
5/27/20191 hour, 35 minutes, 19 seconds