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Radio Vet Nurse

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Cat Robinson, veterinary nurse and co-owner of Ready Vet, brings you Radio Vet Nurse. Each episode you’ll hear from a different vet nurse about their personal experiences in life and in vet nursing. Vet nursing is definitely not an easy job. It can be physically, mentally and emotionally demanding. And yet, for most of us, we absolutely love it. We’re passionate about what we do. So, when it comes to vet nurses, who are we? How do we achieve greatness in our work? What brings us together as a group, and what sets us apart from other people?Radio Vet Nurse is our way to start a dialogue around these questions and to create a space where we can tell our story.

Latest Episodes

Sophie - Shelter Medicine

In this episode I caught up with Sophie to talk about her experience working in shelter medicine. Sophie worked as head nurse at the RSPCA and was kind enough to share some eloquent and considered thoughts on the shelter environment, behaviour, and enrichment. The shelter environment is a crazy one and really different to general practice. Nurses and technicians working in this area have an extremely high volume of patients passing through their care, each needing extra love and TLC since they're not at that stage rehomed with a family. Despite this high-level care-giving, and Sophie's work with the RSPCA inspectors and exposure to cruelty cases, she paints a really positive picture of nursing within this niche. It was a pleasure catching up with Sophie and this episode is a must-listen for anyone who has ever wondered about working in the shelter environment. · Sophie's favourite podcast is No Such Thing as a Fish. · She is studying the Advanced Certificate in Feline Behaviour with the ISFM.

90 MIN2 w ago
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Sophie - Shelter Medicine

Gary - University Vet Tech

In this episode I caught up with super-motivated and wildlife-mad veterinary technician, Gary. What started as a childhood love of catching snakes and reptiles has been refined into Gary's niche as a small animal anaesthesia enthusiast with a special interest in wildlife and exotics. Gary is the Nurse Manager at the University of Queensland's Veterinary Medical Centre. In addition to leading the nursing team he also lectures students within the Vet Science and Vet Tech degrees, and teaches them on the floor at the hospital. As a speaker and presenter Gary is a regular on the Australian and international conference circuits and he's also been published in his interest areas of nursing snake and reptile patients. As a technician and a contributor to our industry Gary lives in that extra 20-30% where above and beyond happens. His work ethic shows how going above and beyond can result in amazing opportunities, and Gary definitely makes the most of all of them.

90 MIN2019 DEC 2
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Gary - University Vet Tech

Nicole LaForest - Badass Women

In this episode I caught up with Nicole LaForest who you might know on Insta as @veterinarytechnicians. Nicole has achieved an incredible amount in a short amount of time. She graduated high school early and in her junior and senior years was already studying college subjects. Not long after finishing high school Nicole had a degree in cognitive psychology, and has since obtained a degree in human healthcare management and associate degrees in veterinary technology and music. Nicole was a qualified veterinary technician managing an ER practice at 22, and at 27 now co-owns an ambulatory practice with her husband, and lectures and campaigns around the world. Nicole's practice is 100% surgery, almost all orthopaedic, with some really cool regenerative medicine and complex soft tissue cases too. If you're not already following her on Insta I highly recommend tuning in to see all the cutting edge surgeries, toys, and cases. Aside from her skills and knowledge Nicole is well known in our ...

95 MIN2019 NOV 4
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Nicole LaForest - Badass Women

Serena Dean - Behaviour Guru

In this episode I caught up with behaviour guru Serena Dean. Serena's career in the veterinary industry spans almost 20 years. She's worked in many different capacities including as a senior veterinary nurse in both emergency and general practice, education and training positions, and other leadership and management roles. Serena designed and implemented The Best Behaviour Program for Greencross and currently creates content as a speaker and guest lecturer for multiple industry groups. She is the Managing Director of Stress Free Pets; an animal handling education program for vets and vet nurses. Serena is a self-confessed continuing education and study addict armed with an MBA, a degree in veterinary technology, and certificates in veterinary nursing, and training and assessment. She is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to behaviour and also a great example of why we should dream big and make those dreams a reality. Serena has been listening to these podcasts: · Australian Birth ...

88 MIN2019 OCT 7
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Serena Dean - Behaviour Guru

Amy Newfield - Assuming Good Intention

In this episode I interviewed someone who I really admire. When I was at the VNCA conference in 2015 Amy Newfield was the international key note speaker. After her first lecture I was hooked, and went to all them. Her energy and knowledge really fueled the vet nurse in me and I was inspired to make a lot of positive changes back at Ready Vet. Amy is a Veterinary Technician Specialist in Emergency and Critical Care and a project manager for Blue Pearl. She's mainly focused on large scale training initiatives but also has some really interesting involvement with the social worker team there. My impression of Amy from 2015 was of a vet tech with incredible medical knowledge and practical skills. And that she definitely is. But, what I now know about Amy is that she is also really passionate about soft skills like how to be part of a healthy team, and ways to harness our compassion in the face of adversity. This other dimension of Amy was just another thing to love, and I'm now more of ...

86 MIN2019 SEP 2
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Amy Newfield - Assuming Good Intention

Ricki - Nursing with Hustle

EIn this episode I caught up with one of the most positive and energetic veterinary nurses, Ricki. Ricki started her nursing career in general practice in Albury before moving to the sunshine coast to work at Australia Zoo with the bird show team. Ricki was the head bird trainer at Australia Zoo and performed in the show daily. Eventually Ricki's love for connecting with people brought her back into general veterinary practice, and she now works in what has got to be one of the most beautiful beach-side locations in Australia. I was initially drawn to Ricki because of her experience at Australia Zoo, but as I learned more about her I realised that this was just tip of the iceberg. Ricki's vet nursing story is interesting because of the way she combines her nursing career with her side hustle. I'm all about the hustle. Her ability to balance these two great passions keeps her feeling enthusiastic about everything she does. It's worth serious consideration for anyone feeling like they ...

89 MIN2019 AUG 5
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Ricki - Nursing with Hustle

Julie - Finding Your Tribe

In this episode I caught up with - by popular demand - Julie Harris. With over 20 years of experience in the veterinary industry Julie is now the Chief People Officer for VetPartners. If you're a practice manager or a senior vet nurse working in a leadership position, or if this is something you aspire to, then this is the episode for you. In addition to her clinical background Julie also has an MBA and a tonne of experience helping people and developing processes. As well as leading her own team she helps vets and nurses in leadership and management roles at over 100 practices across Australia and New Zealand. Julie is full of insights on quality process improvement, workplace culture, the link between customer-centricity and great patient outcomes, and how finding our tribe is essential to our survival as vet nurses. I love Julie's spirit of collaboration and community. And even though it challenges me on some levels as a business owner, I think she's completely right. I really en...

90 MIN2019 JUL 1
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Julie - Finding Your Tribe

Angel - CVT, VTS (ECC), Friend

In this episode I caught up with Angel Rivera at the 2019 VNCA conference in Brisbane. Angel is a veterinary technician specialist (VTS) in the field of emergency and critical care (ECC). As an internationally recognised speaker he lectures to vets, veterinary nurses, veterinary technicians, and has been published in journals, text books and research abstracts. Angel has worked as a veterinary technician, Director of Nursing, Nursing Education Coordinator, Medical Director, Hospital Administrator, and currently works as a consultant advising on the training of emergency and critical care nursing concepts, protocols and procedures. In 2018 he was awarded a Steve Haskins Memorial Scholarship for his contribution to the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society. Angel has been extremely supportive of the development of veterinary nursing in Australia and has enjoyed a 25 year friendship with the Aussie nurses. It was extremely emotional having him open the conference on the offici...

77 MIN2019 JUN 3
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Angel - CVT, VTS (ECC), Friend

Carol - Surgical Nursing Trailblazer

In this episode I went to Melbourne and had the absolute pleasure of meeting Carol Bradley. From humble beginnings as a kennel maid in 1973 Carol worked all the way up to her current role teaching and training vet students at the University of Melbourne. Carol is a Tutor in small animal surgery, and the Veterinary Skills Centre Manager and Nurse Educator. When it comes to teaching vet students Carol is also responsible for lectures and practical class supervision in the surgical discipline with a focus on aseptic and operating room technique, instruments, biomaterials, suture technique, the sterilizing process, and approach to basic surgical procedures. In Carol's career she's been a bit of a trailblazer in raising standards in veterinary surgical nursing, including being the first vet nurse to gain her qualification in cleaning, disinfecting and sterilization at the human hospital standard. She was also the first vet nurse to be given an academic position in the Faculty of Veterina...

77 MIN2019 MAY 6
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Carol - Surgical Nursing Trailblazer

Lou - the Vet Nurse

In this episode I caught up with social media super nurse and all round lovely human, Lou the Vet Nurse. If you don't already follow Lou on Facebook or Insta, you should. Her social media content is full of vet nursing tips and positive inspo. You can find links to Lou's social media and everything else we discuss in the show notes on my website www.radiovetnurse.com. Lou is an RVN in the UK with a special interest in intensive nursing and anaesthesia. In addition to active nursing, Lou is the clinical nurse lead at her practice. She's responsible for monitoring and reviewing clinical standards and mentoring the nursing team in line with her additional qualifications. Lou has some great ideas about how to work at improving firstly our own skills and knowledge as individuals, and secondly the standards of care of the veterinary health care teams as a whole. She is also a huge advocate for vets and nurses working together and sharing ideas. Whether you're listening to Lou in this inte...

80 MIN2019 APR 1
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Lou - the Vet Nurse

Latest Episodes

Sophie - Shelter Medicine

In this episode I caught up with Sophie to talk about her experience working in shelter medicine. Sophie worked as head nurse at the RSPCA and was kind enough to share some eloquent and considered thoughts on the shelter environment, behaviour, and enrichment. The shelter environment is a crazy one and really different to general practice. Nurses and technicians working in this area have an extremely high volume of patients passing through their care, each needing extra love and TLC since they're not at that stage rehomed with a family. Despite this high-level care-giving, and Sophie's work with the RSPCA inspectors and exposure to cruelty cases, she paints a really positive picture of nursing within this niche. It was a pleasure catching up with Sophie and this episode is a must-listen for anyone who has ever wondered about working in the shelter environment. · Sophie's favourite podcast is No Such Thing as a Fish. · She is studying the Advanced Certificate in Feline Behaviour with the ISFM.

90 MIN2 w ago
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Sophie - Shelter Medicine

Gary - University Vet Tech

In this episode I caught up with super-motivated and wildlife-mad veterinary technician, Gary. What started as a childhood love of catching snakes and reptiles has been refined into Gary's niche as a small animal anaesthesia enthusiast with a special interest in wildlife and exotics. Gary is the Nurse Manager at the University of Queensland's Veterinary Medical Centre. In addition to leading the nursing team he also lectures students within the Vet Science and Vet Tech degrees, and teaches them on the floor at the hospital. As a speaker and presenter Gary is a regular on the Australian and international conference circuits and he's also been published in his interest areas of nursing snake and reptile patients. As a technician and a contributor to our industry Gary lives in that extra 20-30% where above and beyond happens. His work ethic shows how going above and beyond can result in amazing opportunities, and Gary definitely makes the most of all of them.

90 MIN2019 DEC 2
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Gary - University Vet Tech

Nicole LaForest - Badass Women

In this episode I caught up with Nicole LaForest who you might know on Insta as @veterinarytechnicians. Nicole has achieved an incredible amount in a short amount of time. She graduated high school early and in her junior and senior years was already studying college subjects. Not long after finishing high school Nicole had a degree in cognitive psychology, and has since obtained a degree in human healthcare management and associate degrees in veterinary technology and music. Nicole was a qualified veterinary technician managing an ER practice at 22, and at 27 now co-owns an ambulatory practice with her husband, and lectures and campaigns around the world. Nicole's practice is 100% surgery, almost all orthopaedic, with some really cool regenerative medicine and complex soft tissue cases too. If you're not already following her on Insta I highly recommend tuning in to see all the cutting edge surgeries, toys, and cases. Aside from her skills and knowledge Nicole is well known in our ...

95 MIN2019 NOV 4
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Nicole LaForest - Badass Women

Serena Dean - Behaviour Guru

In this episode I caught up with behaviour guru Serena Dean. Serena's career in the veterinary industry spans almost 20 years. She's worked in many different capacities including as a senior veterinary nurse in both emergency and general practice, education and training positions, and other leadership and management roles. Serena designed and implemented The Best Behaviour Program for Greencross and currently creates content as a speaker and guest lecturer for multiple industry groups. She is the Managing Director of Stress Free Pets; an animal handling education program for vets and vet nurses. Serena is a self-confessed continuing education and study addict armed with an MBA, a degree in veterinary technology, and certificates in veterinary nursing, and training and assessment. She is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to behaviour and also a great example of why we should dream big and make those dreams a reality. Serena has been listening to these podcasts: · Australian Birth ...

88 MIN2019 OCT 7
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Serena Dean - Behaviour Guru

Amy Newfield - Assuming Good Intention

In this episode I interviewed someone who I really admire. When I was at the VNCA conference in 2015 Amy Newfield was the international key note speaker. After her first lecture I was hooked, and went to all them. Her energy and knowledge really fueled the vet nurse in me and I was inspired to make a lot of positive changes back at Ready Vet. Amy is a Veterinary Technician Specialist in Emergency and Critical Care and a project manager for Blue Pearl. She's mainly focused on large scale training initiatives but also has some really interesting involvement with the social worker team there. My impression of Amy from 2015 was of a vet tech with incredible medical knowledge and practical skills. And that she definitely is. But, what I now know about Amy is that she is also really passionate about soft skills like how to be part of a healthy team, and ways to harness our compassion in the face of adversity. This other dimension of Amy was just another thing to love, and I'm now more of ...

86 MIN2019 SEP 2
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Amy Newfield - Assuming Good Intention

Ricki - Nursing with Hustle

EIn this episode I caught up with one of the most positive and energetic veterinary nurses, Ricki. Ricki started her nursing career in general practice in Albury before moving to the sunshine coast to work at Australia Zoo with the bird show team. Ricki was the head bird trainer at Australia Zoo and performed in the show daily. Eventually Ricki's love for connecting with people brought her back into general veterinary practice, and she now works in what has got to be one of the most beautiful beach-side locations in Australia. I was initially drawn to Ricki because of her experience at Australia Zoo, but as I learned more about her I realised that this was just tip of the iceberg. Ricki's vet nursing story is interesting because of the way she combines her nursing career with her side hustle. I'm all about the hustle. Her ability to balance these two great passions keeps her feeling enthusiastic about everything she does. It's worth serious consideration for anyone feeling like they ...

89 MIN2019 AUG 5
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Ricki - Nursing with Hustle

Julie - Finding Your Tribe

In this episode I caught up with - by popular demand - Julie Harris. With over 20 years of experience in the veterinary industry Julie is now the Chief People Officer for VetPartners. If you're a practice manager or a senior vet nurse working in a leadership position, or if this is something you aspire to, then this is the episode for you. In addition to her clinical background Julie also has an MBA and a tonne of experience helping people and developing processes. As well as leading her own team she helps vets and nurses in leadership and management roles at over 100 practices across Australia and New Zealand. Julie is full of insights on quality process improvement, workplace culture, the link between customer-centricity and great patient outcomes, and how finding our tribe is essential to our survival as vet nurses. I love Julie's spirit of collaboration and community. And even though it challenges me on some levels as a business owner, I think she's completely right. I really en...

90 MIN2019 JUL 1
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Julie - Finding Your Tribe

Angel - CVT, VTS (ECC), Friend

In this episode I caught up with Angel Rivera at the 2019 VNCA conference in Brisbane. Angel is a veterinary technician specialist (VTS) in the field of emergency and critical care (ECC). As an internationally recognised speaker he lectures to vets, veterinary nurses, veterinary technicians, and has been published in journals, text books and research abstracts. Angel has worked as a veterinary technician, Director of Nursing, Nursing Education Coordinator, Medical Director, Hospital Administrator, and currently works as a consultant advising on the training of emergency and critical care nursing concepts, protocols and procedures. In 2018 he was awarded a Steve Haskins Memorial Scholarship for his contribution to the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society. Angel has been extremely supportive of the development of veterinary nursing in Australia and has enjoyed a 25 year friendship with the Aussie nurses. It was extremely emotional having him open the conference on the offici...

77 MIN2019 JUN 3
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Angel - CVT, VTS (ECC), Friend

Carol - Surgical Nursing Trailblazer

In this episode I went to Melbourne and had the absolute pleasure of meeting Carol Bradley. From humble beginnings as a kennel maid in 1973 Carol worked all the way up to her current role teaching and training vet students at the University of Melbourne. Carol is a Tutor in small animal surgery, and the Veterinary Skills Centre Manager and Nurse Educator. When it comes to teaching vet students Carol is also responsible for lectures and practical class supervision in the surgical discipline with a focus on aseptic and operating room technique, instruments, biomaterials, suture technique, the sterilizing process, and approach to basic surgical procedures. In Carol's career she's been a bit of a trailblazer in raising standards in veterinary surgical nursing, including being the first vet nurse to gain her qualification in cleaning, disinfecting and sterilization at the human hospital standard. She was also the first vet nurse to be given an academic position in the Faculty of Veterina...

77 MIN2019 MAY 6
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Carol - Surgical Nursing Trailblazer

Lou - the Vet Nurse

In this episode I caught up with social media super nurse and all round lovely human, Lou the Vet Nurse. If you don't already follow Lou on Facebook or Insta, you should. Her social media content is full of vet nursing tips and positive inspo. You can find links to Lou's social media and everything else we discuss in the show notes on my website www.radiovetnurse.com. Lou is an RVN in the UK with a special interest in intensive nursing and anaesthesia. In addition to active nursing, Lou is the clinical nurse lead at her practice. She's responsible for monitoring and reviewing clinical standards and mentoring the nursing team in line with her additional qualifications. Lou has some great ideas about how to work at improving firstly our own skills and knowledge as individuals, and secondly the standards of care of the veterinary health care teams as a whole. She is also a huge advocate for vets and nurses working together and sharing ideas. Whether you're listening to Lou in this inte...

80 MIN2019 APR 1
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Lou - the Vet Nurse
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