Podcast A Vet: Stories, Support-logo

Podcast A Vet: Stories, Support

Health & Wellness Podcasts >

More Information


045: Why You Should Come First In Your Life w/ Kim Ellis

Kim Ellis has had an incredibly impressive 32-year long career as a CVT and equine nurse and has created a lasting positive impact in the field. Today we are reflecting on highlights throughout her career, finding longevity as a nurse, and her three-year-long battle with breast cancer. A life motto of ‘lean into the collar and go’, developed from a childhood surrounded by horses, Kim is an open book and advocates for taking care of yourself first. Everything from the importance of becoming...


044: Starting At The Bottom Can Lead To The Top w/ Ryan Dunning

Even if the grass is green on the other side, we often lose sight of the green grass under our own feet. After vet school, Ryan Dunning recognized his passion for his native state of Arizona and the versatility that being a small animal practitioner allowed him, and has been thriving on his own green grass ever since. Having experience working in every aspect of the field from tech assistant to the receptionist, he is now the Medical Director at his childhood veterinary clinic. Another...


043: How To Conquer The Mental Challenges In School & Beyond w/ Luke Bass

A self-proclaimed ‘dude with a truck’, Dr. Luke Bass takes his passion for horses and love of helping people and animals everywhere he goes. After admittedly spending more time at the party than the library in his first years of schooling, Luke learned from his mistakes and pulled up his bootstraps to pave his way to an impressive resume and thriving career in the equine field. Nowadays, he spends his time training equine veterinary students in the field and has a seat on the CSU admission...


042: Why Your Expectations Might Be Harming Your Fulfillment w/ Dr. Meghann Berglund

I have long been a fan of Dr. Meghann Berglund and I am thrilled to have her spread her wisdom and incredibly powerful words with all of us today. From shelter medicine to private practice and relief work, Dr. Berglund has seen a lot. And with two daughters on top of that, she has a wide range of stories and life advice to share. We are discussing everything from the staggering 40,000 animals she has spayed or neutered over her career, to imposter syndrome and postpartum depression. She is...


041: What To Do About The Wage Gap w/ Dr. Nate Daughenbaugh

No matter what type of veterinary professional you are, there are some issues that affect pretty much all of us. We are digging into some of the deep questions with Dr. Nate Daughenbaugh today and tackling topics such as the wage gap, gender inequality, and dealing with anxiety and depression. Dr. Daughenbaugh is a native of one of the most beautiful places in the world, Steamboat Springs, Colorado, and has had quite the journey to bring him back home. Born and raised on a cattle ranch, a...


041: The Exotic Life Of A Zoo Veterinary Technician w/ DeeAnn Wilfong

Imagine living perched above an alligator swamp, with a flock of peacocks as your guard animals and a snow leopard as your neighbor. This is reality for today's guest DeeAnn Wilfong, certified veterinary technician and part of the veterinary team at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Today we are recording from inside the zoo as DeeAnn takes us through her interesting journey to zoo medicine. Every animal at the zoo has a unique personality and requires individualized treatment. From drawing blood from...


040: An Inside Look At Reproductive Veterinary Medicine w/ Jennifer Hatzel

Today we are joined by the first ever theriogenologist to grace the Podcast A Vet airwaves, Dr. Jennifer Hatzel. Jennifer is a board-certified theriogenologist at Colorado State Equine Reproduction Laboratory and is here to share her passion on her specification. Feeling lost after graduation, Jennifer bounced through different equine internships and residencies until realizing her true passion for reproductive health. She is sharing with us the different aspects of equine reproduction,...


039: How To Land Your Dream Job (Or Vet School) w/ Chase Weldon

You might know where you want to end up in your career, but even if you're 100% clear on the destination, you probably have some questions about how you're going to get there. Chase Weldon shares his insights on getting into vet school, landing your dream job, and more. Chase is the career education manager at the College of Vet Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. From current students first entering the workforce to alumni who are looking for a change or new direction, Chase uses his...


038: Processing A Career-Ending Tragedy & Identity Crisis w/ Kristin Gablehouse

We all know that things don’t always go according to plan. Sometimes life’s curveballs result in unexpected opportunities, and sometimes devastating consequences. How can we plan for these unexpected challenges and setbacks, and how can we move forward after them? Kristin Gablehouse shares her amazing story of how she lives life to the fullest after an accident that changed everything. Kristin wasn’t always sure she wanted to be a veterinarian. But she decided to get into it when her mother...


037: How Veterinarians Can Help Save The Bees w/ Christina Geldert

Did you know that bees pollinate 1/3 of everything you eat? I am joined by Christina Geldert, 2nd-year vet student and president and founder of the Honey Bee Veterinary Medicine Club at CSU. This club is the first of its kind and works to highlight the role of veterinarian medicine in bees. Christina is all-in for bees and is helping bridge the gap between veterinary medicine, agriculture, and honey bee sustainability. By figuring out how veterinarians can help bees and bee health,...


036: How Cannabis Oil Is Being Applied To Veterinary Medicine w/ Dr. Stephanie McGrath

As you’re probably aware, there is a constant stream of new research, technology, and information available to us in the veterinary profession that helps both make our jobs easier, and deliver better care to our patients. Today we’re diving into the veterinary applications of cannabis oil with one of the leaders in the field Dr. Stephanie McGrath. Dr. McGrath is a board-certified neurologist and assistant professor at Colorado State University Veterinary Hospital. She is here to talk...


035: The Importance Of Continuing To Evolve In Your Career w/ Ame Moon

As veterinary professionals - not to mention humans - it’s important to keep learning, growing, and evolving as we move through our careers and lives. Not only will we be happier, but this mindset is essential to staying engaged in our work, avoid mistakes, and building a sustainable career. I’m still riding the high of the past week at the AVMA Conference by catching up with my friend and former teacher, Ame Moon. Ame is a CVT and a VTS in Emergency and Critical Care. Today we are tackling...


034: Making The World Less Mean w/ Dr. Cyndie Courtney

It’s easy to look at the news every day and feel like the world is quickly becoming a meaner, more dangerous place. Whether it’s clients, co-workers, bosses, or other people in our lives, it often feels like we’re surrounded by jerks, and are powerless to change things. However, as Dr. Cyndie Courtney shares today, we have incredible power to reshape our view of the world and to make our practices, communities, and the world, friendlier, and more inspiring places. Dr. Courtney practices at...


033: How To Overcome Imposter Syndrome & Own Your Talent w/ Dr. Cherie Buisson

You’re probably already aware that your mindset determines a lot of what you experience in life, including your career in vet med. But how you create and nurture that positive mindset? So many of us struggle with issues like impostor syndrome, guilt, general negativity and so much more that affect our relationships, careers, and lives, and today, Dr. Cherie Buisson walks us through how to break out of a mental rut and craft an attitude that will pay dividends in all aspects of your life. At...


032: From Cage-Cleaner To Director Of Anesthesiology w/ Dr. Jon Congdon

If you want to get to the top of any niche in the veterinary world, you probably know it's going to be a tough slog at times. You might not realize, however, the impact of our career pursuits on other areas of our lives. Dr. Jon Congdon shares his insight into how to navigate your way to the top of a specialized field while maintaining your relationships, and sanity. Dr. Congdon started from the bottom cleaning cages and worked his way up to being Director of Anesthesiology at one of the...


031: Do You Crave Variety? Shelter Medicine Might Be For You w/ Dr. Louisa Poon

For many of us, the thought of a specialized career path is equivalent to a boring one. Dr. Louisa Poon joins us today to share her experience of finding variety working as a jill-of-all-trades veterinarian at an animal shelter in Denver. A woman of many hats, Dr. Poon joins us at our mobile studio, reporting to you on the move from the AVMA Conference in Denver, Colorado! She gives us a breakdown of the variety and excitement she sees on a daily basis as the Denver Animal Protection...


030: What If Vet School Isn't For Me? A Vet Tech's Journey w/ Elizabeth Downing

For many of us, we know we want a career working with animals, but vet school isn’t always a fit. Today, Elizabeth Downing shares her story of finding an alternative path into the industry as a veterinary technician rather than attending vet school. Elizabeth is a certified vet tech, has worked at varying levels of the industry including at the University level, private practice and the ER. After deciding vet school wasn't the right choice for her, she enrolled in veterinary technician...


029: How To Stand Out With Your Vet School Application w/ Gretchen Delcambre

Two of the most common holdups potential students have before applying to vet school are how to make sure your application stands out, and whether or not vet school is the right path for you in the first place. Today, Gretchen Delcambre, director of vet school admissions to Colorado State answers everything you need to know before you submit your application to vet school. Gretchen describes the application process, how to set your application apart from the crowd, and why grades aren’t...


028: How To Be Intentional About The Culture Of Your Clinic w/ Dr. Tim Holt

A city boy from Denver who found his calling dealing with livestock in Gunnison, CO, Dr. Tim Holt has been challenging the status quo in the veterinary world for years. Having never touched a horse or a cow until veterinary school in 1984, Dr. Holt spent the beginning of his career treating livestock while researching Pulmonary Hypertension in bulls and cattle. Since 2004 Dr. Holt has been working with large animal livestock at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital at CSU, and mentoring his...


027: An Inside Look At The Life Of A Relief Veterinarian w/ Sara Sheltren

As you probably know, getting into vet school is no easy task. After years of struggling to find a school, Dr. Sara Sheltren made the alternative choice to accept a spot at ROSS Veterinary School on the island of St. Kitts. The next 3 years were filling with the realities of working in clinics that are not guided by American conveniences. This one of a kind experience led to Sara and her classmates gaining resilience, knowledge, and perseverance that would be hard to come by through...