VIN Foundation: Veterinary Pulse

The heartbeat of the veterinary profession. Join us as we talk with veterinary colleagues about critical topics from student debt to mental health. And share stories, stories connect us… as humans, as animals, as a veterinary community. Featuring Technology by VIN.

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Saturday May 07, 2022

Listen in as Executive Director Jordan benShea chats with student debt expert and Board Member Dr. Tony Bartels and the newest student debt team member Dr. Rebecca Mears in this next installment of our Student Debt Series.    In this episode we’re discussing the latest news about student loan forgiveness from the Department of Education. Is this a time machine for loan forgiveness? What should borrowers know now and if colleagues have been making payments can they get a refund? Find out what you need to do if you federally held loans versus commercially held loans and where to go for updates.    As always, we want to hear from YOU. Please share your thoughts by sending an email or joining the conversation.   GUEST BIO: Dr. Tony BartelsTony Bartels, DVM, MBA graduated in 2012 from the Colorado State University combined MBA/DVM program and is a VIN Foundation Board Member and Student Debt Expert, and an employee of the Veterinary Information Network (VIN). He and his wife, a small-animal internal medicine specialist practicing in Denver, have more than $400,000 in veterinary-school debt that they manage using federal income-driven repayment plans. By necessity (and now obsession), his professional activities include researching and speaking on veterinary-student debt, providing guidance to colleagues on loan-repayment strategies and contributing to VIN Foundation resources. Beyond debt, his professional interests include small- and exotic-animal practice. When he’s not staring holes into his colleagues’ student-loan data, Tony enjoys fly fishing, ice hockey, camping and exploring Colorado with his wife, Audra, and their two rescued canines, Addi and Maggie.   Dr. Rebecca Mears Rebecca Mears, DVM grew up in Delaware before moving to Lexington, KY, where she completed her BS at University of Kentucky. She is a graduate of University of Georgia’s College of Veterinary Medicine. While in vet school, she served as the National Business Certificate Director for the Veterinary Business Management Association (VBMA) and as a board member for Vets for Pets and People. During this time she took an active role in wellbeing awareness and access within the veterinary community. Rebecca then worked as an equine general practitioner and has been an active AAEP member. In her time away from veterinary medicine, she can be found hiking, baking, and hosting impromptu dance parties. She is passionate about giving back to the profession and improving the lives of veterinarians, pre-vet and vet students. She is incredibly grateful for the opportunity to do so as a member of the VIN Foundation student debt team and Rising Leaders Committee lead. LINKS AND INFORMATION: Department of Education press release: https://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/department-education-announces-actions-fix-longstanding-failures-student-loan-programs  StudentAid.gov https://studentaid.gov/announcements-events/idr-account-adjustment VIN Foundation Student Debt Center: https://vinfoundation.org/studentdebtcenter Check your current student loan servicers and other loan details -- VIN Foundation My Student Loans tool: http://www.vinfoundation.org/mystudentloans VIN Foundation WikiDebt: https://vinfoundation.org/wikidebt VIN Foundation Webinars: https://vinfoundation.org/resources/webinars/ VIN Foundation Blog post: https://vinfoundation.org/fedloan-servicing-quits/ FedLoan Servicing: https://myfedloan.org/  StudentAid.gov: https://studentaid.gov/ Federal Student Loan Servicers: https://studentaid.gov/manage-loans/repayment/servicers StudentAid PSLF: https://studentaid.gov/manage-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service New Grad Student Loan Playbook: https://vinfoundation.org/playbook New Grad Student Loan Playbook webinar: https://VIN.zoom.us/webinar/register/4016518582800/WN_panblGA3RlKA8yf3wCVOAA Student Loan Repayment Restart webinar recording: https://vinfoundation.org/climbing-mt-debt-student-loan-repayment-restart/ Stay up to date with VIN Foundation updates: https://vinfoundation.org/updates/ Personalized student loan assistance: https://vinfoundation.org/personalized-veterinary-student-loan-debt-help/ Email VIN Foundation: studentdebt@vinfoundation.org Get updates to stay tuned for the VIN Foundation webinars on student debt.  You may learn more about the VIN Foundation, on the website, or join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.   If you like this podcast, we would appreciate it if you follow and share. As always, we welcome feedback. If you have an idea for a podcast episode, we’d love to hear it!

Thursday May 05, 2022

Listen in as VIN Foundation Executive Director Jordan benShea has a conversation with Dr. Bree Montana and Dr. Jose Pla in the next episode of the podcast series, The Future’s So Bright, the ins and outs of selling a veterinary practice. Jose takes us through the important aspects of sharing the story of your practice. What financial documents do you need? Do you need your tax records? And how important is production? What are minority partnerships? He also does a deep dive into the below five big categories of what needs to be considered when you are getting ready to sell your practice:   Top 5 categories to have when considering selling your veterinary practice: Lease information Financial records, make sure they are clean Make sure that practice management software is able to print out financial reports Think about your exit plan, are you willing to work and for how many years? Pay to have a professional evaluator ahead of selling, ideally 2 years   Most importantly, we want to hear from YOU our listeners, to know what topics YOU want to hear about from experts. Please email us to share your thoughts: podcast@vinfoundation.org.   GUEST BIOS: Dr. Bree MontanaBree Montana, DVM, CCFP graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor of Science degree focused in the field of Biology followed by a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from The Ohio State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation from veterinary medical school, Dr. Montana worked exclusively in small animal outpatient and emergency hospitals while pursuing additional medical training in the latest technologies. Dr. Montana has advanced training in ultrasonography, echocardiography, chemotherapy, dentistry, emergency medicine and surgery, transfusion medicine, class IV laser therapy, pain management and rehabilitation. A past member of UC Davis’ College of Veterinary Medicine’s External Advisory and Admissions Boards, and a past Board member of the VIN Foundation, Dr. Montana is the Director of the VIN Foundation’s Vets4Vets® programs. When not practicing medicine, Dr. Montana will generally be found playing with her daughter Ember and their ponies, hiking with her huskies, and skiing or snowboarding with her husband.    Dr. Jose Pla Dr. Pla obtained his DVM degree from Cornell University in 1995 and his MBA from Rutgers University in 2018. As a practicing veterinarian he has a special interest in feline medicine, behavior, nutrition and gastrointestinal diseases. As a businessman he has been the owner or co-owner of five veterinary practices and a  founding partner of Companion Animal Practices North America. Since obtaining his MBA, Dr. Pla shifted his focus to entrepreneurial ventures, practice management education and private practice transition consulting. He is an avid sailor, scuba diver and wanna-be photographer. Activities he shares with his wife and two sons.    LINKS AND INFORMATION: Veterinary Pulse Podcast on VIN: https://vinfoundation.org/podcast_v VIN Foundation application access for VIN: https://vinfoundation.org/vinapp   You may learn more about the VIN Foundation, on the website, or join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.   If you like this podcast, we would appreciate it if you follow and share. As always, we welcome feedback. If you have an idea for a podcast episode, we’d love to hear it!

Wednesday Apr 20, 2022

Listen in as Executive Director Jordan benShea chats with student debt expert and Board Member Dr. Tony Bartels in this next installment of our Student Debt Series. In this episode we’re discussing the latest changes to student loans, including the latest student loan pause extension through August 31, 2022. Tony covers everything from should you file your taxes separately if your married, to how to do a physical exam of your student loans.    *Episode note* As always this is a fast changing landscape and since we recorded this episode additional student loan information has been in the news, check the links below for more information. GUEST BIO: Dr. Tony BartelsTony Bartels, DVM, MBA graduated in 2012 from the Colorado State University combined MBA/DVM program and is a VIN Foundation Board Member and Student Debt Expert, and an employee of the Veterinary Information Network (VIN). He and his wife, a small-animal internal medicine specialist practicing in Denver, have more than $400,000 in veterinary-school debt that they manage using federal income-driven repayment plans. By necessity (and now obsession), his professional activities include researching and speaking on veterinary-student debt, providing guidance to colleagues on loan-repayment strategies and contributing to VIN Foundation resources. Beyond debt, his professional interests include small- and exotic-animal practice. When he’s not staring holes into his colleagues’ student-loan data, Tony enjoys fly fishing, ice hockey, camping and exploring Colorado with his wife, Audra, and their two rescued canines, Addi and Maggie. LINKS AND INFORMATION: *New info!* As we were recording this podcast new information came out about student loans: https://www.npr.org/2022/04/19/1093310151/student-loans-income-based-repayment VIN Foundation Student Debt Center: https://vinfoundation.org/studentdebtcenter Check your current student loan servicers and other loan details -- VIN Foundation My Student Loans tool: http://www.vinfoundation.org/mystudentloans VIN Foundation WikiDebt: https://vinfoundation.org/wikidebt VIN Foundation Webinars: https://vinfoundation.org/resources/webinars/ VIN Foundation Blog post: https://vinfoundation.org/fedloan-servicing-quits/ FedLoan Servicing: https://myfedloan.org/  StudentAid.gov: https://studentaid.gov/ Federal Student Loan Servicers: https://studentaid.gov/manage-loans/repayment/servicers StudentAid PSLF: https://studentaid.gov/manage-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service New Graduate Student Loan Playbook: https://vinfoundation.org/resources/veterinary-new-grad-student-loan-repayment-playbook/ Stay up to date with VIN Foundation updates: https://vinfoundation.org/updates/ Personalized assistance is available via the special Student Debt Message Board areas. If you do not have an active VIN username and password, you may gain access through the VIN Foundation access application: https://www.vin.com/apputil/project/defaultadv1.aspx?id=9593830 Email VIN Foundation: studentdebt@vinfoundation.org Get updates to stay tuned for the VIN Foundation webinars on student debt.    You may learn more about the VIN Foundation, on the website, or join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.   If you like this podcast, we would appreciate it if you follow and share. As always, we welcome feedback. If you have an idea for a podcast episode, we’d love to hear it!

Wednesday Apr 20, 2022

Listen in as VIN Foundation Executive Director Jordan benShea has a conversation with Dr. Casara Andre about her first-hand boots-on-the-ground experience as the volunteer branch director of the Front Range Veterinary Medical Reserve Corps (FRvMRC) and how her heart cat brought her to the veterinary profession. Join us as we learn about her story from a forensics anthropologist passion to volunteer work and her successful experience as an entrepreneur. With helpful life lessons and fascinating stories, this episode offers a wonderful opportunity to explore a different veterinary career path full of passion.    *Episode note… this episode was originally recorded in February 2022 but due to some technical issues was published on April 20, 2022.”   GUEST BIO: Dr. Casara AndreCasara Andre, DVM, is a Healer consistently motivated by her desire to help all mammals of all species (human and veterinary) repair and sustain their health and wellbeing. A veterinarian by education and training, Dr. Andre’s day-to-day mission is creating a safe-haven and incubator-for-ideas opportunities within medical communities.  By leveraging the power of cooperation, creating a supportive community, and encouraging creative solutions, she works to support entrepreneurship among Healers that have a vision for positive change in the world. Dr. Andre currently serves the geographic regions east of the Continental Divide as the volunteer branch director of the Front Range Veterinary Medical Reserve Corps (FRvMRC).  The FRvMRC is a group of medical and non-medical volunteers working to support a disaster prepared and resilient veterinary community and provide animal-related expertise to non-veterinary disaster response organizations.   LINKS AND INFORMATION: Front Range Veterinary Medical Reserve Corps (FRVMRC): https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/front-range-vmrc Get in touch with FRvMRC: https://forms.gle/wLkmMzdw1aQgcVH67 Massey Veterinary School: https://www.massey.ac.nz/about/colleges-schools-and-institutes/college-of-sciences/school-of-veterinary-science/ Virginia-Maryland Veterinary School: https://vetmed.vt.edu/ Veterinary Cannabis: https://www.veterinarycannabis.org/ Cultivate Wellbeing: https://www.cultivatewellbeing.health/   You may learn more about the VIN Foundation, on the website, or join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

Tuesday Feb 22, 2022

Listen in as VIN Foundation Executive Director Jordan benShea has a conversation with Dr. Bree Montana and Dr. Susan Cohen in the 3rd installment of the podcast series The Future’s So Bright, the ins and outs of selling a veterinary practice. This episode we’re diving into the mental and emotional aspect of making the choice to sell a veterinary practice.    From exploring how identity can be tied up with owning a practice, to how to deal with a shift in life priorities. Bree shares her personal experience, Susan offers tips on how to assess when the right time to sell might be based on a colleague's individual life circumstance, and we discuss how colleagues can set themselves up for mental success.   Most importantly, we want to hear from YOU our listeners, please weigh in on the discussion, and we want to know what topics YOU want to hear about from experts. Please email us to share your thoughts: podcast@vinfoundation.org.   GUEST BIOS: Dr. Bree MontanaBree Montana, DVM, CCFP graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor of Science degree focused in the field of Biology followed by a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from The Ohio State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation from veterinary medical school, Dr. Montana worked exclusively in small animal outpatient and emergency hospitals while pursuing additional medical training in the latest technologies. Dr. Montana has advanced training in ultrasonography, echocardiography, chemotherapy, dentistry, emergency medicine and surgery, transfusion medicine, class IV laser therapy, pain management and rehabilitation. A past member of UC Davis’ College of Veterinary Medicine’s External Advisory and Admissions Boards, and a past Board member of the VIN Foundation, Dr. Montana is the Director of the VIN Foundation’s Vets4Vets® programs. When not practicing medicine, Dr. Montana will generally be found playing with her daughter Ember and their ponies, hiking with her huskies, and skiing or snowboarding with her husband.    Dr. Susan CohenDr. Susan P. Cohen has been called a pioneer in the fields of pet loss, human-animal interaction, and the human side of veterinary practice. Since 1982 Dr. Cohen has helped pet lovers make decisions about the illness of their pets. She developed the first-ever Pet Loss Support Group and began an animal assisted activity program that took the then-unusual form of having volunteers work with their own pets. She originated many training programs for workers in the veterinary and social service fields, and she has been a field instructor for several schools of social work. She has written several book chapters and scholarly articles on social work, veterinary practice, and the human-animal bond. Her most recent book chapter, “Loss, Grief, and Bereavement in the Context of Human-Animal Relationships” (Susan Cohen, DSW; and Adam Clark, LSW, AASW) was published in 2019. She is currently working on a chapter on pet loss for Routledge's International Handbook on Human-Animal Interaction. These days she consults with veterinary groups on client and professional communication, compassion fatigue, and how to make practice fun again. She facilitates online support groups for veterinarians, animal welfare workers, managers, and those grieving the loss of a pet. She teaches online workshops and lectures widely to veterinary colleges and conferences, colleges of social work, veterinary technician programs, and human health groups on communication, pet loss and bereavement, human-animal interaction, client relations, compassion fatigue, and career development.  She is Vice Chairperson of SWAHAB (Social Workers Advancing the Human-Animal Bond), the first such committee of the National Association of Social Workers. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, and Smithsonian Magazine. In addition, she has made numerous television and radio addresses nationwide, including “The Today Show,” "20-20," and "The Oprah Winfrey Show."   LINKS AND INFORMATION: VIN Foundation Vets4Vets®: https://vinfoundation.org/v4v Book appt with Vets4Vets®: https://vinfoundation.org/v4vappt Veterinary Pulse Podcast on VIN: https://vinfoundation.org/podcast_v VIN Foundation application access for VIN: https://vinfoundation.org/vinapp   You may learn more about the VIN Foundation, on the website, or join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.   If you like this podcast, we would appreciate it if you follow and share. As always, we welcome feedback. If you have an idea for a podcast episode, we’d love to hear it!

Thursday Feb 10, 2022

Listen in as VIN Foundation Executive Director Jordan benShea has a conversation with Dr. Bree Montana and Dr. Lance Roasa in the next episode of the podcast series, The Future’s So Bright, the ins and outs of selling a veterinary practice. In this episode, we’re drilling down on the different types of veterinary practice sale options. Lance breaks it down into four main buckets of sale options, with an additional fifth bonus bucket for a more alternative approach.    Are you wanting to sell all of your practice? Maybe you want to stop working? Or perhaps you want to continue working but are curious about the financial options to improve your work/life balance. Listen in to find out how Bree did on her homework assignment and the pros and cons of each sale option.    Most importantly, we want to hear from YOU our listeners, to know what topics YOU want to hear about from experts. Please email us to share your thoughts: podcast@vinfoundation.org. GUEST BIOS: Dr. Bree MontanaBree Montana, DVM, CCFP graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor of Science degree focused in the field of Biology followed by a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from The Ohio State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation from veterinary medical school, Dr. Montana worked exclusively in small animal outpatient and emergency hospitals while pursuing additional medical training in the latest technologies. Dr. Montana has advanced training in ultrasonography, echocardiography, chemotherapy, dentistry, emergency medicine and surgery, transfusion medicine, class IV laser therapy, pain management and rehabilitation. A past member of UC Davis’ College of Veterinary Medicine’s External Advisory and Admissions Boards, and a past Board member of the VIN Foundation, Dr. Montana is the Director of the VIN Foundation’s Vets4Vets® programs. When not practicing medicine, Dr. Montana will generally be found playing with her daughter Ember and their ponies, hiking with her huskies, and skiing or snowboarding with her husband.    Dr. Lance Roasa Lance Roasa, DVM, MS, JD is a 2008 graduate of Texas A&M where he was the first student to undertake a 4th year business-track, spending the majority of his clinical training in veterinary business and industry. In 2016 He completed a law degree from the University of Nebraska and his training was centered on the law of small business, taxation and the law of veterinary medicine.    LINKS AND INFORMATION: Veterinary Pulse The Future’s So Bright on VIN: https://vinfoundation.org/podcast/fsbv VIN Foundation access on VIN: https://vinfoundation.org/vinapp Veterinary Pulse Message Board on VIN: https://vinfoundation.org/podcast_vmb VIN Foundation Vets4Vets® support group: https://vinfoundation.org/v4v Podcast email: podcast@vinfoundation.org   You may learn more about the VIN Foundation, on the website, or join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.   If you like this podcast, we would appreciate it if you follow and share. As always, we welcome feedback. If you have an idea for a podcast episode, we’d love to hear it!

Wednesday Dec 22, 2021

Listen in as Executive Director Jordan benShea chats with student debt expert and Board Member Dr. Tony Bartels in this next installment of our Student Debt Series. In this episode we’re discussing the latest news announced today by President Biden extending the pause on federal student loan repayments for an additional 90 days — through May 1, 2022, and what borrowers need to know, and do now.  GUEST BIO: Dr. Tony BartelsTony Bartels, DVM, MBA graduated in 2012 from the Colorado State University combined MBA/DVM program and is a VIN Foundation Board Member and Student Debt Expert, and an employee of the Veterinary Information Network (VIN). He and his wife, a small-animal internal medicine specialist practicing in Denver, have more than $400,000 in veterinary-school debt that they manage using federal income-driven repayment plans. By necessity (and now obsession), his professional activities include researching and speaking on veterinary-student debt, providing guidance to colleagues on loan-repayment strategies, and contributing to VIN Foundation resources. Beyond debt, his professional interests include small- and exotic-animal practice. When he’s not staring holes into his colleagues’ student-loan data, Tony enjoys fly fishing, ice hockey, camping, and exploring Colorado with his wife, Audra, and their two rescued canines, Addi and Maggie. LINKS AND INFORMATION: White House Statement: https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2021/12/22/statement-by-president-joe-biden-extending-the-pause-on-student-loan-repayment-an-additional-90-days/ VIN Foundation Student Debt Center: https://vinfoundation.org/studentdebtcenter Check your current student loan servicers and other loan details -- VIN Foundation My Student Loans tool: http://www.vinfoundation.org/mystudentloans VIN Foundation WikiDebt: https://vinfoundation.org/wikidebt VIN Foundation Webinars: https://vinfoundation.org/resources/webinars/ VIN Foundation Blog post: https://vinfoundation.org/fedloan-servicing-quits/ FedLoan Servicing: https://myfedloan.org/  StudentAid.gov: https://studentaid.gov/ Federal Student Loan Servicers: https://studentaid.gov/manage-loans/repayment/servicers StudentAid PSLF: https://studentaid.gov/manage-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service New Graduate Student Loan Playbook: https://vinfoundation.org/resources/veterinary-new-grad-student-loan-repayment-playbook/ Stay up to date with VIN Foundation updates: https://vinfoundation.org/updates/ Personalized assistance is available via the special Student Debt Message Board areas. If you do not have an active VIN username and password, you may gain access through the VIN Foundation access application: https://www.vin.com/apputil/project/defaultadv1.aspx?id=9593830 Email VIN Foundation: studentdebt@vinfoundation.org Get updates to stay tuned for the VIN Foundation webinars on student debt.    You may learn more about the VIN Foundation, on the website, or join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.   If you like this podcast, we would appreciate it if you follow and share. As always, we welcome feedback. If you have an idea for a podcast episode, we’d love to hear it!

Friday Dec 10, 2021

Listen in as VIN Foundation Executive Director Jordan benShea has a conversation with Dr. Bree Montana and Dr. Lance Roasa to kick off the new podcast series, The Future’s So Bright, the ins and outs of selling a veterinary practice. In this episode we discuss our goals for the series, topics we plan on covering, including - various financial aspects of selling a practice, different types of sale options, tips on how to figure out if an associate might be a good buyer, where real estate comes into play, and the impact of mental health. Those interested in this path also get a homework assignment to get started.    Most importantly, we want to hear from YOU our listeners, to know what topics YOU want to hear about from experts. Please email us to share your thoughts: podcast@vinfoundation.org.   GUEST BIOS: Dr. Bree MontanaBree Montana, DVM, CCFP graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor of Science degree focused in the field of Biology followed by a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from The Ohio State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation from veterinary medical school, Dr. Montana worked exclusively in small animal outpatient and emergency hospitals while pursuing additional medical training in the latest technologies. Dr. Montana has advanced training in ultrasonography, echocardiography, chemotherapy, dentistry, emergency medicine and surgery, transfusion medicine, class IV laser therapy, pain management and rehabilitation. A past member of UC Davis’ College of Veterinary Medicine’s External Advisory and Admissions Boards, and a past Board member of the VIN Foundation, Dr. Montana is the Director of the VIN Foundation’s Vets4Vets® programs. When not practicing medicine, Dr. Montana will generally be found playing with her daughter Ember and their ponies, hiking with her huskies, and skiing or snowboarding with her husband.    Dr. Lance Roasa Lance Roasa, DVM, MS, JD is a 2008 graduate of Texas A&M where he was the first student to undertake a 4th year business-track, spending the majority of his clinical training in veterinary business and industry. In 2016 He completed a law degree from the University of Nebraska and his training was centered on the law of small business, taxation and the law of veterinary medicine.    LINKS AND INFORMATION: VIN Foundation Vets4Vets: https://vinfoundation.org/v4v Drip.vet: https://drip.vet/ VBMA: https://vbma.biz/ EBITDA: https://www.investopedia.com/terms/e/ebitda.asp You may learn more about the VIN Foundation, on the website, or join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.   If you like this podcast, we would appreciate it if you follow and share. As always, we welcome feedback. If you have an idea for a podcast episode, we’d love to hear it!

Tuesday Dec 07, 2021

*TRIGGER WARNING* Some of the content in this episode may include triggers on anxiety. As a reminder, if you are a veterinary student or veterinarian, the VIN Foundation’s confidential peer-to-peer support group vets4vets® is here for you, at no cost, please know, you are not alone. Call (530) 794-8094 or visit the website to schedule a session: https://vinfoundation.org/resources/vets4vets/   Listen in as VIN Foundation Executive Director Jordan benShea has a conversation with Dr. Christy Corp-Minamiji, a veterinarian with a love for words. Christy shares her non-traditional journey in the veterinary profession, how improving someone’s day is part of her job, and what she sees as the path for mental health, diversity and inclusion amongst colleagues.   GUEST BIOS: Dr. Christy Corp-Minamiji Christy Corp-Minamiji, DVM is a 1996 graduate of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.  She has worked as a small animal practitioner, in the biologics industry as a field researcher and technical services veterinarian/marketing director (it was a small company), and for a decade as a large animal practitioner.  In 2011, she changed career tracks when the large animal practice was closed due to the recession.  Since that time she has worked in communications for the Veterinary Information Network where she learns new job skills every day.  She lives in Davis, CA with a rotating array of almost adult and adult offspring.  Though she currently has no pets of her own she makes use of friends and family by loving on their furry and/or feathery companions whenever possible.   LINKS AND INFORMATION: VetzInsight: https://www.vin.com/vetzinsight/ VIN: https://www/vin.com VIN Foundation Vets4Vets®: https://vinfoundation.org/v4v Imposture syndrome article by Dr. Michele Gaspar: https://vinfoundation.org/feeling-like-a-fraud-youre-not-alone/ Salon - Putting Down the Vet Clinic I Loved: https://www.salon.com/2011/01/25/closing_down_vet_clinic/ The Horse - Under the Blue Tarps: https://thehorse.com/135727/under-the-blue-tarps/ Multi Culture Vet Med Association: https://mcvma.org/ Veterinary as One Inclusive Community for Empowerment (VOICE): https://vetvoicenational.org/ PRIDE VMC: https://pridevmc.org/ VOICE President, Indya Woods podcast episode: https://vinfoundation.org/veterinary-pulse-podcast-with-indya-woods/   You may learn more about the VIN Foundation, on the website, or join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.   If you like this podcast, we would appreciate it if you follow and share. As always, we welcome feedback. If you have an idea for a podcast episode, we’d love to hear it!

Thursday Oct 21, 2021

*TRIGGER WARNING* Some of the content in this episode may include triggers for topics including animal abuse and interpersonal violence. As a reminder, if you are a veterinary student or veterinarian, the VIN Foundation’s confidential peer-to-peer support group vets4vets® is here for you, at no cost, please know, you are not alone. Call (530) 794-8094 or visit the website to schedule a confidential Vets4Vets® session https://vinfoundation.org/resources/vets4vets/.   Listen in as VIN Foundation Executive Director Jordan benShea has a conversation with Dr. Jennifer Woolf about the current veterinary forensics landscape. Do you know your state’s animal abuse reporting laws? Does the story fit the clinical signs? Do veterinarians need to have experience in veterinary forensics to report animal abuse? In this episode Jennifer covers how animal abuse is currently handled in the veterinary profession, where she sees areas for improvement and the link between animal abuse and interpersonal abuse.    GUEST BIOS: Dr. Jennifer WoolfDr. Woolf received her D.V.M. and M.S. (concentration: Veterinary Forensic Sciences) from the University of Florida (UF). Over the years, she has worked in private practices and animal welfare organizations, including relief work at over 50 locations in the Boston, MA and San Francisco, CA areas. In 2014 she founded Woolf Veterinary Forensics Consulting where she lectures internationally on animal abuse, the Link, and veterinary forensics, as well as investigating and consulting on individual cases. She also works for Veterinary Information Network (VIN), behind the scenes and upfront writing articles and developing materials on animal abuse and veterinary forensics for VIN members and the general public. Additionally, Dr. Woolf is an instructor in the UF Veterinary Forensic Sciences Online Graduate Programs, has published numerous articles and a book chapter on animal cruelty topics, and was a 2018-2019 Don Low-CVMA Practitioner Fellow at the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine in the Anatomic Pathology Department. Dr. Woolf is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the International Veterinary Forensic Sciences Association (IVFSA), and a founding member of the Alameda County Animal Cruelty Task Force. Previously she has served on the boards of the IVFSA and the Contra Costa County Veterinary Medical Association. LINKS AND INFORMATION: Animal Legal and Historical Center: https://www.animallaw.info/ National Link Coalition: https://nationallinkcoalition.org/ Animal Abuse and Veterinary Forensics Center on the Veterinary Information Network (VIN), VIN membership is required to view: https://www.vin.com/members/cms/project/defaultadv1.aspx?id=10129371&pid=27494& International Veterinary Forensics Society: https://www.ivfsa.org/ Veterinary Forensics Sciences Online Graduate Program at University of Florida: (https://vetforensics.med.ufl.edu/)faculty mentioned: Adam Stern, DVM, ACVP: forensic veterinary pathologist; co-instructor in the UF program Julie Brinker, DVM, MS: shelter veterinarian at Humane Society of Missouri; co-instructor in the UF program National Fish and Wildlife Forensic Laboratory https://www.fws.gov/lab/ specifically pathologists Tabitha Viner, DVM, ACVP and Rebecca Kagan, DVM, ACVP Dr. Jennifer Woolf Veterinary Forensics Consulting: https://www.wvfcinc.com/   You may learn more about the VIN Foundation, on the website https://vinfoundation.org, or join the conversation on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/VinFoundation, Instagram https://www.instagram.com/vinfoundation, or Twitter https://twitter.com/vinfoundation.   If you like this podcast, we would appreciate it if you follow and share. As always, we welcome feedback. If you have an idea for a podcast episode, we’d love to hear it!

Friday Oct 08, 2021

*TRIGGER WARNING* some of the content in this episode may include triggers for topics including: Adverse Childhood Events also known as ACEs, animal abuse, and interpersonal violence, including child abuse and domestic violence. As a reminder, if you are a veterinary student or veterinarian, the VIN Foundation’s confidential peer-to-peer support group vets4vets® is here for you, at no cost, please know, you are not alone. Call (530) 794-8094 or visit the website to schedule a session: https://vinfoundation.org/resources/vets4vets/   Listen in as VIN Foundation Executive Director Jordan benShea has a conversation with Vets4Vets® team member Dr. Susan Cohen about suicide risks in the veterinary profession, how adverse childhood events play a role, and the impact of perfectionism. This episode kicks off the Veterinary Pulse’s Inhale, Exhale Series on mental wellness in the veterinary profession. Learn the warning signs of mental distress, what to do if you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide, and where to go for help.   GUEST BIOS: Dr. Susan P. CohenSusan has been called a pioneer in the fields of pet loss, human-animal interaction, and the human side of veterinary practice. Since 1982 Dr. Cohen has helped pet lovers make decisions about the illness of their pets. She developed the first-ever Pet Loss Support Group and began an animal assisted activity program that took the then-unusual form of having volunteers work with their own pets. She originated many training programs for workers in the veterinary and social service fields, and she has been a field instructor for several schools of social work. She has written several book chapters and scholarly articles on social work, veterinary practice, and the human-animal bond. Her most recent book chapter, “Loss, Grief, and Bereavement in the Context of Human-Animal Relationships” (Susan Cohen, DSW; and Adam Clark, LSW, AASW) was published in 2019. She is currently working on a chapter on pet loss for Routledge's International Handbook on Human-Animal Interaction. These days she consults with veterinary groups on client and professional communication, compassion fatigue, and how to make practice fun again. She facilitates online support groups for veterinarians, animal welfare workers, managers, and those grieving the loss of a pet. She teaches online workshops and lectures widely to veterinary colleges and conferences, colleges of social work, veterinary technician programs, and human health groups on communication, pet loss and bereavement, human-animal interaction, client relations, compassion fatigue, and career development. She is Vice Chairperson of SWAHAB (Social Workers Advancing the Human-Animal Bond), the first such committee of the National Association of Social Workers. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, and Smithsonian Magazine. In addition, she has made numerous television and radio addresses nationwide, including “The Today Show,” "20-20," and "The Oprah Winfrey Show."   LINKS AND INFORMATION: Suicide Prevention Hotline: 800-273-8255 https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/how-we-can-all-prevent-suicide/ VIN Foundation Vets4Vets® and Support4Support:: https://vinfoundation.org/resources/vets4vets/ Book a session with Vets4Vets®: https://vinfoundation.org/resources/vets4vets-appointments/ Dr. Susan Cohen Veterinary Pulse Episode 104: https://vinfoundation.org/are-you-caring-too-much-red-shoe-syndrome-susan-cohen/ Adverse Childhood Events: https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/aces/index.html Borderline personality disorder: https://www.borderlinepersonalitydisorder.org   You may learn more about the VIN Foundation, on the website, or join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.   If you like this podcast, we would appreciate it if you follow and share. As always, we welcome feedback. If you have an idea for a podcast episode, we’d love to hear it!

Thursday Sep 23, 2021

Join VIN Foundation Board Members Dr. Matt Holland and Dr. Tony Bartels in a discussion with new veterinary graduate and practicing veterinarian Dr. Shiloh Landskov about strategies in paying off student loan debt. Is it best to pay it off as fast as possible? Is there value in choosing an income-driven repayment plan? Is a budget really necessary? How does student loan debt compare to credit card debt when it comes to repayment? Listen in to learn about veterinary student loans from three different perspectives, and advice on best strategies based on your situation.    GUEST BIOS: Dr. Tony BartelsTony Bartels, DVM, MBA graduated in 2012 from the Colorado State University combined MBA/DVM program and is a VIN Foundation Board Member and Student Debt Expert, and an employee of the Veterinary Information Network (VIN). He and his wife, a small-animal internal medicine specialist practicing in Denver, have more than $400,000 in veterinary-school debt that they manage using federal income-driven repayment plans. By necessity (and now obsession), his professional activities include researching and speaking on veterinary-student debt, providing guidance to colleagues on loan-repayment strategies and contributing to VIN Foundation resources. Beyond debt, his professional interests include small- and exotic-animal practice. When he’s not staring holes into his colleagues’ student-loan data, Tony enjoys fly fishing, ice hockey, camping and exploring Colorado with his wife, Audra, and their two rescued canines, Addi and Maggie.   Dr. Shiloh Landskov  Dr. Shiloh Landskov is a new graduate of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, Class of 2020. She is a Minnesota native, and currently works in general practice and emergency medicine. Her interests include emergency medicine, surgery, and leadership within veterinary medicine. She currently lives with her husband and 6 pets in central Minnesota.   LINKS AND INFORMATION: VIN Foundation Student Debt Center: https://vinfoundation.org/studentdebtcenter VIN Foundation WikiDebt: https://vinfoundation.org/wikidebt VIN Foundation Webinars: https://vinfoundation.org/resources/webinars/ Student Aid: https://studentaid.gov/ Stay up to date with VIN Foundation updates: https://vinfoundation.org/updates/ Personalized Assistance available via the special Student Debt Message Board areas: VIN member (including veterinary students) Non-VIN member (veterinarians and pre-veterinary students)   Email VIN Foundation: studentdebt@vinfoundation.org   Get updates to stay tuned for the VIN Foundation webinars on student debt.    You may learn more about the VIN Foundation, on the website, or join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.   If you like this podcast, we would appreciate it if you follow and share. As always, we welcome feedback. If you have an idea for a podcast episode, we’d love to hear it!

Saturday Sep 18, 2021

Listen in as Executive Director Jordan Benshea chats with VIN News Director Edie Lau about life as a veterinary journalist and her hope for the profession.    GUEST BIO: Edie is the VIN News Service director and has been reporting and editing for VIN News since 2008. Before that, she covered science, energy, the environment, education and whatever else needed doing at newspapers in Sacramento, California; Portland, Maine; Binghamton, New York; and Stockton, California. Edie has a bachelor's degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley. She lives near Seattle with her husband, daughter and two canine associates.   LINKS AND INFORMATION: VIN News VIN News email signup One Health VIN Foundation Student Debt Center   You may learn more about the VIN Foundation, on the website, or join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.   If you like this podcast, we would appreciate it if you follow and share. As always, we welcome feedback. If you have an idea for a podcast episode, we’d love to hear it!

Wednesday Sep 01, 2021

Join VIN Foundation Executive Director Jordan Benshea as she chats with 4th year Auburn veterinary student Indya Woods about the importance of not listening on defense, coming to a conversation with an open heart, and the willingness to be vulnerable to connect with colleagues.    GUEST BIO: Indya Woods Indya Woods is currently a 4th year veterinary student at Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. Indya grew up in Mobile, AL, and knew she loved animals from a very young age. Indya began pursuing her dream of becoming a veterinarian while in college at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. During her time at UAB, Indya completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. While in college, Indya also developed a love for servant leadership, mentorship, and community service- which influenced her extracurricular involvement in veterinary school. At Auburn, Indya currently serves as Vice President of the Class of 2022. Indya has also served as 2019-2020 National Vice President of Veterinarians as One Inclusive Community for Empowerment (VOICE) and 2020-2021 National Co-President of VOICE. Indya’s time with VOICE showed her that she has a true commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity within the veterinary profession, and hopes to continue to use her career to educate her peers on DEI within vet med. After graduating in May 2022, Indya hopes to move to South Florida to become a small animal and exotics veterinarian. She also hopes to volunteer in aquatic animal rescue and rehabilitation.    LINKS AND INFORMATION: Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine: https://www.vetmed.auburn.edu/ VOICE: https://vetvoicenational.org/ VIN Foundation Vets4Vets®: https://vinfoundation.org/resources/vets4vets/   You may learn more about the VIN Foundation, on the website, or join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.   If you like this podcast, we would appreciate it if you follow and share. As always, we welcome feedback. If you have an idea for a podcast episode, we’d love to hear it!

Saturday Aug 28, 2021

Listen in as Executive Director Jordan benShea chats with Board Member and student debt expert Dr. Tony Bartels in this next installment of our Student Debt Series. In this episode, we’re discussing the latest news about the latest Student Loan Repayment Extension, who it impacts, advice for what to do with this forbearance time, and how to prepare for restarting your loan payments when the extension ends.  GUEST BIO:Dr. Tony BartelsTony Bartels, DVM, MBA graduated in 2012 from the Colorado State University combined MBA/DVM program and is a VIN Foundation Board Member and Student Debt Expert, and an employee of the Veterinary Information Network (VIN). He and his wife, a small-animal internal medicine specialist practicing in Denver, have more than $400,000 in veterinary-school debt that they manage using federal income-driven repayment plans. By necessity (and now obsession), his professional activities include researching and speaking on veterinary-student debt, providing guidance to colleagues on loan-repayment strategies and contributing to VIN Foundation resources. Beyond debt, his professional interests include small- and exotic-animal practice. When he’s not staring holes into his colleagues’ student-loan data, Tony enjoys fly fishing, ice hockey, camping and exploring Colorado with his wife, Audra, and their two rescued canines, Addi and Maggie. LINKS AND INFORMATION: VIN Foundation Student Debt Center: https://vinfoundation.org/studentdebtcenter Check your current student loan servicers and other loan details -- VIN Foundation My Student Loans tool: http://www.vinfoundation.org/mystudentloans VIN Foundation WikiDebt: https://vinfoundation.org/wikidebt VIN Foundation Webinars: https://vinfoundation.org/resources/webinars/ VIN Foundation Blog post: https://vinfoundation.org/fedloan-servicing-quits/ FedLoan Servicing: https://myfedloan.org/  StudentAid.gov: https://studentaid.gov/ Federal Student Loan Servicers: https://studentaid.gov/manage-loans/repayment/servicers StudentAid PSLF: https://studentaid.gov/manage-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service New Graduate Student Loan Playbook: https://vinfoundation.org/resources/veterinary-new-grad-student-loan-repayment-playbook/ Stay up to date with VIN Foundation updates: https://vinfoundation.org/updates/ Personalized assistance is available via the special Student Debt Message Board areas. If you do not have an active VIN username and password, you may gain access through the VIN Foundation access application: https://www.vin.com/apputil/project/defaultadv1.aspx?id=9593830 Email VIN Foundation: studentdebt@vinfoundation.org Get updates to stay tuned for the VIN Foundation webinars on student debt.    You may learn more about the VIN Foundation, on the website, or join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.   If you like this podcast, we would appreciate it if you follow and share. As always, we welcome feedback. If you have an idea for a podcast episode, we’d love to hear it!

Friday Aug 27, 2021

Listen in as Executive Director Jordan Benshea chats with Dr. Rachel Mar about the importance of having compassion for yourself, her path to creating Vitality Vet, and how Batman (yes Batman!) plays a role in her life.   GUEST BIO: Dr. Rachel Mar Dr. Rachel Mar completed her bachelor’s degree in Animal Science with a minor in photography at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. She worked in high school ministry for one year then moved to Dublin, Ireland to obtain her degree in Veterinary Medicine from University College Dublin. Now she is an integrative veterinarian working in Santa Barbara, California. She is a Fear Free certified veterinarian and will complete her Certification in Veterinary Acupuncture (CVA) through Chi University at the end of Summer 2021. Dr. Mar is currently enrolled in the Certified Canine Rehabilitation Professional (CCRP) course through the University of Tennessee. She has a blog dedicated to improving the wellbeing of both pet parents and their pets, and also offers virtual veterinary teleadvice consults via her website www.thevitalityvet.com. Dr. Mar can also be found on Facebook and Instagram (@thevitalityvet).   LINKS AND INFORMATION: Cal Poly: https://www.calpoly.edu/ Veterinary Medicine at University College Dublin: https://www.ucd.ie/vetmed/ Vitality Vet on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thevitalityvet/ Vitality Vet on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thevitalityvet/?hl=en VIN Foundation Vets4Vets®: https://vinfoundation.org/v4v   You may learn more about the VIN Foundation, on the website, or join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.   If you like this podcast, we would appreciate it if you follow and share. As always, we welcome feedback. If you have an idea for a podcast episode, we’d love to hear it!

Tuesday Jul 20, 2021

Listen in as VIN Foundation Executive Director Jordan Benshea chats with Dr. Andrew Moffatt about his veterinary career journey from his early dreams of being a fish doctor to the CEO of VetnCare. Andrew shares lessons learned on his path and how his motivation is driven by a passion to help future colleagues be their best selves.    GUEST BIO: Dr. Andrew Moffatt Born and raised in Melbourne, Australia, Andrew Moffatt, DVM, MBA, at the age of five, told his mother, with a firm commitment, that he wanted to be an "animal doctor". Some 20 years later Dr. Moffatt graduated with a degree in Veterinary Science from Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand in 2006.   He started his veterinary career at Cliffe Veterinary Group in East Sussex, England, then made the move to London and took on the role of Clinical Director at Chadwell Heath Veterinary Practice. Dr. Moffatt then joined The Village Veterinary Group (CVS) as Clinical Director, managing four busy hospitals and 55 staff. Whilst living in London, he completed an Executive MBA at Cass Business School.   In between these permanent positions Dr. Moffatt worked in another 20 hospitals for varying lengths of time, and made the move to California in the fall of 2011 and lives in San Francisco with his black and white cat Monstey. In his spare time he enjoys traveling, fly-fishing, cycling, and diving.   Dr. Moffatt tries to offer his clients and their pets health care advice that is honest, ethical, and compassionate. His has advanced skills in surgery (both soft tissue and orthopedics), imaging (ultrasound, radiology, and endoscopy), dentistry, oncology, and exotic patient care, enjoys seeing species such as rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs, birds, reptiles, pigs, goats, and even fish! He is obtaining his certification as a Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner (CVPP) with the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management and is Fear Free Certified.   Dr. Moffatt is the Founder and current CEO of VetnCare, Inc, a growing group of veterinary hospitals in the San Francisco Bay Area. These days his main foci are New Graduate mentorship, Veterinarian recruitment, and clinical leadership and operations.   In 2017 Dr. Moffatt was awarded the California Veterinary Medical Association's "RVT's Outstanding DVM of the Year". This award recognizes Dr. Moffatt's hard work and dedication to his patients, clients and staff alike and rewards his focus on education, training and progressive medicine. He is an active member of the CVMA's PAC (Political Action Committee) and the Certified Veterinary Assistant Committee. He is also a past Vice President and Board Member of the Alameda County Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Moffatt is an Expert Witness for the  Veterinary Medical Board providing consultation to the board as part of Disciplinary Investigations. He speaks at numerous AVMA accredited schools around the world, covering various business topics including professional happiness, debt management, veterinary business finance, entrepreneurialism, and veterinary business ownership.    LINKS AND INFORMATION: VetnCare: https://vetncare.com/ VetnCare on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/vetncare/ VIN Foundation Vets4Vets®: https://vinfoundation.org/resources/vets4vets/ VIN Foundation Thrive in Five Toolkit: https://vinfoundation.org/resources/thrive-in-five-new-veterinary-graduate-toolkit/ VIN Foundation Student Debt Center: https://vinfoundation.org/studentdebtcenter Maslach Burnout: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maslach_Burnout_Inventory Contact Dr. Andrew Moffatt: amoffatt@vetncare.com   You may learn more about the VIN Foundation, on the website, or join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. If you like this podcast, we would appreciate it if you follow and share. As always, we welcome feedback. If you have an idea for a podcast episode, we’d love to hear it!

Tuesday Jul 13, 2021

Listen in as VIN Foundation Executive Director Jordan Benshea has a conversation with VIN Foundation Board Member and Student Debt expert Dr. Tony Bartels on the latest news about FedLoan Servicing and how it impacts student loans.    GUEST BIO: Dr. Tony BartelsTony Bartels, DVM, MBA graduated in 2012 from the Colorado State University combined MBA/DVM program and is a VIN Foundation Board Member and Student Debt Expert, and an employee of the Veterinary Information Network (VIN). He and his wife, a small-animal internal medicine specialist practicing in Denver, have more than $400,000 in veterinary-school debt that they manage using federal income-driven repayment plans. By necessity (and now obsession), his professional activities include researching and speaking on veterinary-student debt, providing guidance to colleagues on loan-repayment strategies and contributing to VIN Foundation resources. Beyond debt, his professional interests include small- and exotic-animal practice. When he’s not staring holes into his colleagues’ student-loan data, Tony enjoys fly fishing, ice hockey, camping and exploring Colorado with his wife, Audra, and their two rescued canines, Addi and Maggie.   LINKS AND INFORMATION: VIN Foundation Blog post: https://vinfoundation.org/fedloan-servicing-quits/ FedLoan Servicing: https://myfedloan.org/  StudentAid.gov: https://studentaid.gov/ Federal Student Loan Servicers: https://studentaid.gov/manage-loans/repayment/servicers StudentAid PSLF: https://studentaid.gov/manage-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service VIN Foundation Student Debt Center: https://vinfoundation.org/studentdebtcenter Check your current student loan servicers and other loan details -- VIN Foundation My Student Loans tool: http://www.vinfoundation.org/mystudentloans VIN Foundation WikiDebt: https://vinfoundation.org/wikidebt VIN Foundation Webinars: https://vinfoundation.org/resources/webinars/ Stay up to date with VIN Foundation updates: https://vinfoundation.org/updates/ Personalized Assistance available via the special Student Debt Message Board areas: VIN member (including veterinary students) Non-VIN member (veterinarians and pre-veterinary students) Email VIN Foundation: studentdebt@vinfoundation.org Get updates to stay tuned for the VIN Foundation webinars on student debt.    Recent Reports on FedLoan Servicing Exit: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/student-loan-giant-that-manages-public-service-loan-forgiveness-will-stop-servicing-federal-loans-11625779955?siteid=yhoof2   https://www.businessinsider.com/public-service-student-loan-forgiveness-pheaa-elizabeth-warren-2021-7?amp   https://finance.yahoo.com/news/student-loan-servicer-pheaa-drops-out-of-federal-student-loan-program-172217542.html   https://www.forbes.com/sites/adamminsky/2021/07/08/huge-student-loan-servicing-shakeup-this-major-loan-servicer-is-ending-its-contract/?sh=6d73b4fd7b23   https://www.cnbc.com/2021/07/09/the-agency-managing-your-federal-student-loans-could-soon-change.html                                                                        https://www.cnn.com/2021/07/08/politics/federal-student-loan-servicing-contract-pheaa/index.html   You may learn more about the VIN Foundation, on the website, or join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. If you like this podcast, we would appreciate it if you follow and share. As always, we welcome feedback. If you have an idea for a podcast episode, we’d love to hear it!

Tuesday Jul 06, 2021

Listen in as Dr. Matt Holland has a conversation with Ohio Veterinary School student Daniella Guzman, and Dr. Tony Bartels about financing veterinary school, and how the school decision has lasting impacts on a veterinary career. They discuss the intersectionality of mental health and money, and how creating your own path in the midst of expectations    GUEST BIOS: Dr. Tony Bartels Tony Bartels graduated in 2012 from the Colorado State University combined MBA/DVM program and is an employee of the Veterinary Information Network (VIN) and a VIN Foundation Board Member. He and his wife, a small-animal internal medicine specialist practicing in Denver, have more than $400,000 in veterinary-school debt that they manage using federal income-driven repayment plans. By necessity (and now obsession), his professional activities include researching and speaking on veterinary-student debt, providing guidance to colleagues on loan-repayment strategies and contributing to VIN Foundation resources as a board member. Beyond debt, his professional interests include small- and exotic-animal practice. When he’s not staring holes into his colleagues’ student-loan data, Tony enjoys fly fishing, ice hockey, camping and exploring Colorado with his wife, Audra, and their two rescued canines, Addi and Maggie.   Daniella Guzman Daniella is an economist and fourth-year veterinary student at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine and is pursuing a career in zoological medicine and is exploring an interest in veterinary public policy. Highly active in organized veterinary medicine, she is currently the AAZV Student Programs and Services Student Representative, the WDA Wildlife Veterinary Section Student Representative, President of the OSU chapter of VOICE and WVLDI, and holds various other leadership roles. In her spare time, Daniella likes to take her cat on nature walks and paint pet portraits for her friends and family.    LINKS AND INFORMATION: VIN Foundation Student Debt Center: https://vinfoundation.org/studentdebtcenter VIN Foundation Apply Smarter: https://vetschoolbound.org/applysmarter/ VIN Foundation Vets4Vets®: https://vinfoundation.org/resources/vets4vets/ Veterinarians as One Inclusive Community for Empowerment (VOICE): https://vetvoicenational.org/ OSU VOICE: https://www.facebook.com/OSU-CVM-VOICE-100142705121696 OSU: https://vet.osu.edu/ AAZV Education Committee: https://www.facebook.com/AAZVEducation AAZV Student Programs and Services: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2280591488658071 WVLDI: https://wvldi.org/ OSU WVLDI: https://www.facebook.com/osuwvldi YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s43eQ_xa51c&t=1s   You may learn more about the VIN Foundation, on the website, or join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.   If you like this podcast, we would appreciate it if you follow and share. As always, we welcome feedback. If you have an idea for a podcast episode, we’d love to hear it!

Wednesday Jun 30, 2021

Join VIN Foundation Executive Director Jordan Benshea as she chats with VSPN Director Charlotte Waack about her journey to veterinary medicine, how a back injury set her on an unexpected course, and why the medicine continues to elicit excitement. Charlotte shares an inside look at the veterinary support field, the areas she sees as stressors with room for improvement, and how Support4Support is helping colleagues feel not alone.    GUEST BIO: Charlotte Waack, AA, AAS, BS, CVT, RVT  Charlotte started working in the field of veterinary medicine in 1990, as a veterinary assistant. She ended up loving the field and pursued the education to become a credentialed veterinary technician. Charlotte graduated from St. Petersburg Distance Learning Veterinary Technology program in 2004, and in 2006 started working for Veterinary Information Network (VIN), assisting with Continued Education (CE) courses for VSPN (Veterinary Support Personnel Network). Charlotte currently serves as the Director of VSPN and VSPN CE. In addition to driving all content to the VSPN website, she is also in charge of hiring instructors and coordinating the CE courses offered to technicians and support staff, is the co-founder and Team Lead of the VIN Foundation peer support group Support4Support, and is a vital member of the VIN Conference team, working at conferences in the US, Canada, and Europe, and has recently started to host interview type vlogs for VSPN, called #lovevspn. Charlotte served on the National Veterinary Technician Association executive board from 2012-2014, Missouri Veterinary Technicians Association board from 2008-2012; Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association board from 2014-2017. She coordinated three CE conferences for Missouri Veterinary Technicians Association and has served on the CVT and CE committees for ISVMA since 2015 and co-chair of the ISVMA yearly convention since 2017-2019, as well as the technician program chair for Chicagoland Veterinary Conference. Charlotte’s speaking engagements have included the Wild West Veterinary Conference, Association of Veterinary Technician Educators Symposium, presented webinars for VSPN, Illinois Veterinary Medical Association, and has given presentations to Illinois veterinary technology programs. She has also been published in NAVTA Journal, ISVMA Epitome and Veterinary Technicians Magazine. As an educator, Charlotte has taught CE courses for VSPN CE, a veterinary assistant course at John Wood Community College in Quincy, IL, and was an adjunct instructor for San Juan College Veterinary Technology Distance Learning program. She also serves on the curriculum advisory committees for San Juan College Veterinary Technology Program and Pima Medical Institute (Las Vegas) Veterinary Technology Program.   LINKS AND INFORMATION: VSPN: https://www.vin.com/vspn VSPN CE: https://www.vin.com/CE Support4Support: support4support@vinfoundation.org VSPN on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vspn_community/ VSPN on Twitter: https://twitter.com/vspnorg VSPN on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/vspn-veterinary-support-personnel-network   Learn more about the VIN Foundation Veterinary Pulse podcast, or explore the VIN Foundation and join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.   If you like this podcast, we would appreciate it if you follow and share. As always, we welcome feedback. If you have an idea for a podcast episode, we’d love to hear it!

Tuesday Jun 29, 2021

Dr. Matt Holland has a conversation with NC State College of Veterinary Medicine's 2nd-year student Nia Powell. Nia shares her journey to veterinary medicine, her experience with racism, and how a quarter-life crisis led her to good things. With a commitment to encouraging others, Nia shares the one area she wishes she focused on more prior to entering veterinary school, and how her role as a veterinary technician provided helpful experience. Quote mentioned by Nia Powell during the episode: “Never let the fear of striking out, keep you from playing the game.” - Babe Ruth   GUEST BIO: Nia Powell Nia Powell is a 2nd-year student at the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine. After growing up in Chicago, Nia attended the University of Missouri where she earned a B.S in Psychology and Spanish. Currently, Nia is interested in small animal and equine medicine. She also enjoys cardiology and internal medicine. Outside of vet med, Nia likes to travel and spend time with her family, friends, and dogs Zoe (a pomeranian mix) and Peyton (a lab mix).   LINKS AND INFORMATION: Nia Powell on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/becomingdoctornia/ NC State College of Veterinary Medicine: https://cvm.ncsu.edu/ VIN Foundation Cost of Education Map: https://vetschoolbound.org/how-much-will-my-veterinary-education-cost/ VIN Foundation Apply Smarter: https://vetschoolbound.org/applysmarter/ 3D Anatomy on VIN: https://www.vin.com/3dlearning You will need a VIN membership to view the 3D Learning, you may sign up for a free VIN Student membership: https://www.vin.com/students/default.aspx VIN Foundation Student Debt Center: https://vinfoundation.org/studentdebtcenter   You may learn more about the VIN Foundation, on the website, or join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.   If you like this podcast, we would appreciate it if you follow and share. As always, we welcome feedback. If you have an idea for a podcast episode, we’d love to hear it!

Friday May 14, 2021

Tune in as VIN Foundation Executive Director Jordan Benshea chats with student debt educator Dr. Tony Bartels about the latest student loan tax forgiveness. Taking the “hope for the best and plan for the worst” approach, Dr. Bartels will take you through the details of this confusing situation. Did you know if you were making payments toward your student loans during the Cares Act forbearance time you can get a refund? Listen in to learn this and additional helpful information.   GUEST BIO: Tony Bartels, DVM, MBATony Bartels graduated in 2012 from the Colorado State University combined MBA/DVM program and is an employee of the Veterinary Information Network (VIN). He and his wife, a small-animal internal medicine specialist practicing in Denver, have more than $400,000 in veterinary-school debt that they manage using federal income-driven repayment plans. By necessity (and now obsession), his professional activities include researching and speaking on veterinary-student debt, providing guidance to colleagues on loan-repayment strategies and contributing to VIN Foundation resources as a VIN Foundation board member. Beyond debt, his professional interests include small- and exotic-animal practice. When he’s not staring holes into his colleagues’ student-loan data, Tony enjoys fly fishing, ice hockey, camping and exploring Colorado with his wife, Audra, and their two rescued canines, Addi and Maggie. LINKS AND INFORMATION: American Rescue Plan Act of 2021: https://www.congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/house-bill/1319/text?format=txt Federal Student Aid: https://studentaid.gov Federal Student Aid COVID FAQ: https://studentaid.gov/announcements-events/coronavirus Sizing up the Student Loan Tax Forgiveness blog post: https://vinfoundation.org/sizing-up-student-loan-forgiveness-tax-exemption/ VIN Foundation Student Debt Center: https://vinfoundation.org/studentdebtcenter VIN Foundation My Student Loans tool: http://www.vinfoundation.org/mystudentloans VIN Foundation WikiDebt: https://vinfoundation.org/wikidebt VIN Foundation Webinars: https://vinfoundation.org/resources/webinars/ Stay up to date with VIN Foundation webinars: https://vinfoundation.org/updates/   Personalized Assistance available via the special VIN and VIN Foundation Student Debt Message Board areas: VIN member Non-VIN member Email VIN Foundation: studentdebt@vinfoundation.org   You may learn more about the VIN Foundation, on the website, or join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. If you like this podcast, we would appreciate it if you follow and share. As always, we welcome feedback. If you have an idea for a podcast episode, we’d love to hear it!

Thursday May 13, 2021

Join VIN Foundation board member, Dr. Matt Holland, as he has a conversation with Dr. Andrew Lee about the importance of leadership by example, his journey to veterinary medicine, and his first-hand experience in changing jobs as a new grad.    GUEST BIO: Dr. Andrew Lee Dr. Andrew Lee is a graduate of the University of Illinois-Champaign-Urbana where he received his doctorate in veterinary medicine (2017)  as well as receiving his BS in Biochemistry from the University of Illinois-Chicago. Dr. Lee is passionate about forming life-long relationships with clients through education, compassion, trust, and works with owners to be active participants in the healthcare of their pets. In his free time, Dr. Lee likes to spend time with friends and family, travel, exercise (but hates running), work with his hands, fancying a new whiskey, watches movies, loves to try new cuisine, and also appreciates a lazy Sunday afternoon. He lives with Scout (a sweet mixed breed dog), Sawyer (an energetic Schnauzer) and Lego (a mischievous siamese cat).   LINKS AND INFORMATION: Model Employment Contract: https://vinfoundation.org/resources/model-employment-contract/   Learn more about the VIN Foundation Veterinary Pulse podcast, or explore the VIN Foundation and join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.   If you like this podcast, we would appreciate it if you follow and share. As always, we welcome feedback. If you have an idea for a podcast episode, we’d love to hear it!

Friday Apr 30, 2021

Listen in as VIN Foundation Executive Director Jordan Benshea has a conversation with Drip.vet Co-Founders Dr. Lance Roasa and Dr. Drew Olsen about their scientifically proven passion project, and why veterinarians are the canary in the coal mine. Driven by their motivation to help colleagues get a sense of empowerment through habits and improve mental health, these two veterinary powerhouses are a wealth of knowledge. Covering topics ranging from the importance of a budget to their secret talents, this episode has a good shot at being one of your favorites.    GUEST BIOS: Lance Roasa, DVM, MS, JD Dr. Lance Roasa is a 2008 graduate of Texas A&M where he was the first student to undertake a 4th year business-track, spending the majority of his clinical training in veterinary business and industry. In 2016 He completed a law degree from the University of Nebraska and his training was centered on the law of small business, taxation, and the law of veterinary medicine.    Drew Olson, DVM A 2012 Iowa State Veterinary College graduate, Dr. Drew Olson has practiced in small and large animal clinics and has considerable experience in the veterinary compounding medicine industry.  An Omaha native, he is regarded as one of the nation’s leading veterinarians in compounding specialized veterinary medications. Be sure and ask Dr. Olson about his experience with retired circus elephants or his participation as a veterinary student in Frontier Vets, a documentary filmed in the remote region of Kruger Park in South Africa.  Drew resides in Omaha with his wife, Karin, and their daughter Olive.  They enjoy spending time with friends, family, and their rescue dog, Faith.   LINKS AND INFORMATION: Drip.vet: https://drip.vet/ FREE Personal Financial Course: https://drip.vet/vin/ VIN Foundation Vets4Vets®: https://vinfoundation.org/v4v VIN Foundation Student Debt Center: https://vinfoundation.org/studentdebtcenter   You may learn more about the VIN Foundation, on the website, or join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. If you like this podcast, we would appreciate it if you follow and share. As always, we welcome feedback. If you have an idea for a podcast episode, we’d love to hear it!

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