Podcast: Beckie Helps Hurricane Harvey Animals! How You Can Aid Animals Affected by Disaster

Podcast: Beckie Helps Hurricane Harvey Animals! How You Can Aid Animals Affected by Disaster

his week we talk with co-host Beckie Mossor about her recent experience aiding animals displaced by Hurricane Harvey in Texas. Beckie joins Drs. Ernie Ward and Cyndie Courtney for a discussion about Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, how veterinary professionals can get involved with ASPCA and FEMA relief efforts, and the best ways to help animals during natural disasters. Beckie inspires us all and we'd like to thank her and the thousands of animal assistance volunteers everywhere for making the world better!

Podcast: Dog Is Good Founder Gila Kurtz

Podcast: Dog Is Good Founder Gila Kurtz

Chances are you've at least seen her company's awesome apparel emblazoned with "Dog Is Good," "Cleanliness Is Next to Impossible," and, of course, their iconic "It's All Fun and Games Until Someone Ends Up In a Cone." This week host veterinarians Ernie Ward and Cyndie Courtney and veterinary technician Beckie Mossor have an incredible conversation with Dog Is Good founder, Gila Kurtz. Gila shares how she founded Dog Is Good with her husband, her best advice for budding entrepreneurs, why she loves working with veterinary healthcare providers, and her future plans for Dog Is Good. This is an episode full of practical tips and heartwarming anecdotes. Join the conversation and share your thoughts on Facebook/VeterinaryViewfinder and Twitter @VetViewfinder.

Podcast: Does It Suck to be a Veterinary Client?

Podcast: Does It Suck to be a Veterinary Client?

Being a veterinary client or patient in the human healthcare system can, well, suck! Why is client and patient service often underwhelming, rushed, and, insensitive in the medical professions? Hosts Drs. Ernie Ward and Cyndie Courtney along with registered veterinary technician Beckie Mossor share some of their most terrible medical appointment stories, common mistakes made in veterinary client service, and tips for making your team better. In this week's episode you'll also learn why Dr. Ward started giving money to his clients over 20 years ago and how any team can change their mindset with a few simple mental tricks. Join the conversation and share your thoughts on Facebook/VeterinaryViewfinder and Twitter @VetViewfinder.

Podcast: Why Mentoring Matters in the Veterinary Profession

Podcast: Why Mentoring Matters in the Veterinary Profession

Chances are, you’ve got plenty of people to thank for helping you attain the goal of working in the veterinary profession. Host veterinarians, Drs. Ernie Ward and Cyndie Courtney, along with registered veterinary technician, Beckie Mossor, share the tales of who mentored them, what mentoring means to them, and how you can become an effective mentor in your clinic. Dr. Ward frankly discusses why many veterinary clinics don’t hire high school students or participate in veterinary school externship programs. The panel shares the ways mentoring has positively impacted their lives and how to find — and become — the best mentor. Finally, the trio ask if virtual or online mentorship counts? What role does social media, internet, books, podcasts, and more play in shaping and developing our careers and professional lives?

Podcast: People Pleasing Problems and Imposter Syndrome in the Veterinary Profession

Podcast: People Pleasing Problems and Imposter Syndrome in the Veterinary Profession

You know the saying, “You can’t please everybody?” Well, it’s true. Unfortunately, most veterinary healthcare professionals are pleasers by nature and try to please everybody all of the time, resulting in big problems. This week, host veterinarians Dr. Ernie Ward and Cyndie Courtney along with registered veterinary technician, Beckie Mossor, talk with Dr. Cherie Buisson about Imposter Syndrome in the veterinary profession. What exactly is “Imposter Syndrome,” how can you tell if you have it, simple steps to overcome it, and how to help those experiencing Imposter Syndrome in your clinic. The quartet also explores the problems with trying to please everybody - colleagues, bosses, and clients - and how to take, and give, constructive feedback. Join the conversation and share your thoughts on Facebook/VeterinaryViewfinder and Twitter @VetViewfinder.   

Podcast: Ethical Dilemmas and Awkward Requests in Veterinary Practice

Podcast: Ethical Dilemmas and Awkward Requests in Veterinary Practice

What do you do when you’re asked to do something unethical, immoral, illegal, or just plain weird in veterinary practice? What if it’s your boss, manager, or co-worker who asks you to do — or don’t do — something that makes you uncomfortable? Hosts Drs. Ernie Ward and Cyndie Courtney with registered veterinary technician Beckie Mossor tackle the tough topic of responding to these challenging scenarios in this week’s podcast.

Podcast: Dealing with Veterinary Medical Mistakes

Podcast: Dealing with Veterinary Medical Mistakes

Medical mistakes are estimated to result in over 250,000 human deaths in the U.S. each year. What about in veterinary medicine? What types of medical mistakes do we commonly encounter in our animal patients?  What are steps we can do prevent medical mistakes and how should a veterinary clinic team respond when mistakes are made? Host veterinarians Drs. Ernie Ward and Cyndie Courtney along with registered veterinary technician Beckie Mossor discuss real-world problems, their experiences, and offer suggestions and advice on avoiding medical mistakes in your clinic. Dr. Ward also shares a unique program from Australia to help you reduce medical errors.

Podcast: Non-Veterinary Pet Professionals: Enemies or Allies?

Podcast: Non-Veterinary Pet Professionals: Enemies or Allies?

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.”

Podcast: 2017 AVMA Conference Attendee Interviews - (Special Edition!)

Podcast: 2017 AVMA Conference Attendee Interviews - (Special Edition!)

This is a special edition of the Veterinary Viewfinder. If you haven’t listened to episode 035, 2017 AVMA Conference podcast, please check it out to provide context for these unedited attendee interviews. Co-host Dr. Cyndie Courtney interviews several attendees of the 2017 American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana. Dr. Courtney explores what attendees like or dislike about the AVMA an organized veterinary medicine, what their personal involvement is, and how to encourage veterinarians to become engaged in their profession. These three group discussions with experienced and new veterinarians and veterinary medical school students provide interesting insights into the topics on the minds of our colleagues. Join the conversation and share your thoughts on Facebook/VeterinaryViewfinder and Twitter @VetViewfinder.