Veterinary Viewfinder Podcast show

Veterinary Viewfinder Podcast

Summary: Weekly podcast dedicated to tackling the toughest contemporary topics in veterinary medicine. Hosted by veterinarians Ernie Ward and Cyndie Courtney with registered veterinary technician Beckie Mossor. Candid, irreverent, provocative, educational, and occasionally funny conversations about issues that impact the veterinary profession.

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 Big Brother is Watching your Veterinary Clinic: Have Surveillance Cameras Gone Too Far? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:24:03

This week we explore the role of surveillance cameras in the veterinary workplace. Dr. Ernie Ward and Beckie Mossor, RVT ponder the ways surveillance cameras can be used for good and how their usage may go terribly wrong if we’re not careful. The Viewfinders cover how cameras can be used for staff training, protecting against false accusations from clients, increasing patient care and client service, adding services, and protection from theft. What are your thoughts on Big Brother watching YOU? Don’t forget to subscribe and leave us a review on iTunes! Thank you for listening!

 Follow your Dreams with Sailing Veterinarian Dr. Sheridan Lathe | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:34:32

How would you like to sail the Caribbean helping island animals? This week hosts Dr. Ernie Ward and Beckie Mossor, RVT are joined by an Australian veterinarian doing it! Dr. Sheridan Lathe is sailing her 37-foot boat, “Chuffed,” island-to-island helping dogs, cats, livestock, and exotic animals along the way. Her popular Youtube channel, Vet Tails’ Sailing Chuffed, chronicles her adventures. We talk with her about her childhood in Australia, practicing at wildlife sanctuaries, her travels in China working with Asiatic bears, and how she followed her dreams aboard a floating veterinary clinic in the Caribbean. Ernie asks her what impact U.S. veterinary student debt plays in pursuing dreams, and Beckie inquires about how to follow your dreams without the sailboat. This is an exciting and interesting glimpse into an alternative veterinary pathway! Dr. Lathe’s links: Youtube channel: Instagram: Website:

 Walmart Announces Online Pet Pharmacy and 100 Veterinary Clinics | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:32:11

This week Walmart announced it was launching an online pet pharmacy,, and plans to open 100 in-store veterinary clinics over the next 12 months. This week Dr. Ernie Ward and Beckie Mossor, RVT talk with Julie Legred, CVT about what this means for veterinarians and veterinary technicians, pet owners, and pet retailers. The trio offer insights on how independently-owned clinics can learn from Walmart, and why they see this as a win-win for the veterinary profession and U.S. pet owners. Dr. Ward speculates on the timing of this announcement from Walmart and how it may affect the impending IPO. To contact Julie or Beckie about this project and other career opportunities, email them at Don’t forget to subscribe and give us a review on iTunes!

 Life Advice for Veterinary Professionals with Dr. Amy Mohl | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:36:36

This is one of those episodes we wish EVERYONE could hear! Hosts Dr. Ernie Ward and Beckie Mossor, RVT are joined by their dear friend, Dr. Amy Mohl, as they discuss her story within the framework of following your passions, overcoming challenges, and finding happiness. This is an episode we hope you enjoy, find inspiration in, and share with your friends, regardless of whether or not they’re in the veterinary profession. This one goes in the time capsule for sure! Let us know what you think! If you like this episode or want to let your VetViewfinder Flag fly, give us a 5-star review over on iTunes!! C’mon, Viewfinders, we NEED YOU!!

 California Replaces State RVT Exam with VTNE - What does this mean for RVTs, DVMs, and More! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:26:30

This week hosts Dr. Ernie Ward and registered veterinary technician Beckie Mossor discuss the breaking news that California RVTs have abolished the previously-required California RVT exam in favor of the VTNE (Veterinary Technician National Exam). The team discusses what this means, why this (or potentially isn’t) a sign of professional progress, and what the implications for veterinarians and the veterinary profession may be. They also discuss license reciprocity, examination standards, and Dr. Ward shares a story he was recently told by a dentist who encountered a specific, and almost disastrous, hiring situation that reveals a shortcoming in the current licensing system. Thanks again for listening and please leave us a review on iTunes and share with your friends! We love talking to you every Wednesday!

 Banning Pugs & Brachycephalic Breeds: Where Should Breed Specific Legislation End? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:30:03

Should pugs be banned? What about French bulldogs, English (or British) Bulldogs, and Shih Tzus? This week host veterinarians Drs. Ernie Ward and Cyndie Courtney along with registered veterinary technician Beckie Mossor weigh in on the ongoing UK push to ban certain breeds. What are the reasons, who are the folks leading the conversation, and what are the proposed solutions? This is a lively review of the current state of breed restrictions along with some of the trio’s own potential solutions. This episode also marks Cyndie’s last podcast with the team after nearly 2.5 years! Cyndie’s family is growing and she needs to take more time to be with her (almost) new child. THANK YOU Cyndie for your enthusiasm and insight! We’ll miss you! And please take a few seconds to give us a review on iTunes! It means so much to hear from you and fuels our efforts here at the Viewfinder to continue tackling the toughest topics in veterinary medicine! See you every Wednesday morning!

 Veterinary Support Staff Unleashed Facebook Group & Transitioning into Management Roles | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:28:46

This week we're excited to sit down with the licensed veterinary technician, Jade Velasquez, who started the popular Facebook group, Veterinary Support Staff Unleashed. In addition to her work as an LVT and Facebook group administrator, Jade has recently transitioned into practice management. Host veterinarian Dr. Ernie Ward and registered veterinary technician Beckie Mossor explore the unique way Jade became a licensed veterinary technician, what her greatest challenges and biggest surprises were as she started managing a busy veterinary clinic, and what her goals are with Veterinary Support Staff Unleashed. This is an energetic conversation with loads of practical tips and tricks! Find out Jade, Beckie, and Dr. Ward's favorite time management tools, which personality test they prefer for staff (and themselves), and what the biggest support staff complaints and issues keep popping up on Jade's Facebook group. Don't forget to subscribe and please give us a review on iTunes!

 2+2 Vet School Programs Equal Lots of Questions | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:27:16

This week we discuss a little known, but rapidly expanding, veterinary medical school program called “2+2.” Host veterinarian Dr. Ernie Ward and registered veterinary technician Beckie Mossor try to make sense of the pro’s and con’s of a program that allows veterinary medical school; students who live in a state without a veterinary school to complete their first two years of veterinary school on their home college campus. Confused? We help untangle the taxpayer contributions, who gets to pay in-state tuition, student obligations, and what impact these sorts of programs may ultimately have on the veterinary profession. There are no easy answers, and our hosts quickly discover that “2+2” may not add up to everything they expected. Thanks Viewfinders for your continued support! If you haven’t yet, please leave us a quick review in iTunes. Talk to you again every Wednesday! Links: "2+2 programs add up - Veterinary colleges partner with other universities to educate more students across state lines" "SDSU, Minnesota working on collaborative program in rural veterinary medical education" "VETERINARY MEDICINE PROGRAM University of Alaska Fairbanks"

 Female Veterinary Entrepreneurs, Networking, and Wine? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:27:30

This week hosts Dr. Ernie Ward and Beckie Mossor, RVT are joined by one of the veterinary industry’s longtime female leaders and entrepreneurs, Brenda Andresen. Brenda shares her personal story, what she sees as some of the most pressing challenges faced by veterinary professionals today, and her latest project, The Bridge Club. Brenda also weighs in on the Veterinary Nurse Initiative (VNI), telemedicine, and how professional women can support, instead of competing against, each other. The Bridge Club website: Thanks, Viewfinders for your continued support! If you haven’t, please leave us a quick review in iTunes. Talk to you again every Wednesday!

 What the Furry Felines Is Going On in Feline Behavior? Tabitha Kucera RVT, CCBC, KPA-CTP | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:30:25

This week we are thrilled to share the mic with an exceptionally talented and experienced registered veterinary technician who is also an accredited expert in feline behavior. Tabitha Kucera RVT, CCBC, KPA-CTP is a pioneer for veterinary technicians in the area of feline behavior. On this week’s podcast, Tabitha shares her story of becoming an RVT, why she chose to specialize in feline behavior, and what she’s doing today to help make the veterinary world more feline-friendly. This is an entertaining and educational conversation that any veterinary professional will benefit from hearing. Be sure to listen to the entire podcast to find out why Tabitha thinks it’s an excellent idea for feline practitioners to consider enrolling in a Karen Pryor dog training course! Tabitha Kucera’s website: Cat-Friendly Practice / American Association of Feline Practitioners: Please take a few seconds to leave us a review on iTunes. Your review helps us grow and makes us feel good inside! Thank you for listening!

 Should Human Doctors, Dentists, and Others Be Allowed to Treat Animals? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:30:02

Recent news stories have featured human surgeons performing procedures on dogs, human dentists treating animal’s teeth, and other human medical professional treating animals. This week we explore how we, as veterinary professionals, feel about this touchy topic. Where are the professional boundaries? Why aren’t these physicians and dentists being questioned by veterinary medical boards? How would you feel if a veterinarian performed surgery on you? This is an extremely interesting conversation on a topic that rarely gets discussed! Find out what made Dr. Ernie Ward say: “Are we onto something big that’s beginning as a drip-drip that turns into a deluge of change?” We would love to hear what you think about this issue! And, please, leave us an iTunes review if you enjoy conversations like this. Thank you!

 Veterinary Nurse Initiative Opposition Leader Liz Hughston, RVT | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:38:32

One of the most controversial topics in the veterinary profession during the past few years has been the Veterinary Nurse Initiative (VNI). What should veterinary technicians be called? What should their credentials be? And what responsibilities should they have? This week we’re pleased to sit down with one the VNI’s most vocal, and articulate, critics, Liz Hughston, RVT, VTS (SAIM, ECC). Liz has been a guest before, and this time she shares her disagreements with Mark Cushing, JD, the lead attorney for the VNI. Liz is an outstanding guest, and listen to find out why Dr. Ward said “every neural connection on this topic was blown” after listening to Liz’s cogent arguments. This is an AMAZING episode. PLEASE forgive us for Dr. Ward’s audio… he was traveling and wound up stuck in a very echo corner of a random office for this recording! Thank you again, LIZ! If you don’t mind, please leave us a review on iTunes. That’s all we ask of you in exchange for producing this podcast each week. Your review means the world to us and helps us reach more veterinary professionals.

 Superpower Your Team! Veterinary team Empowerment with Tracy Dowdy, CVPM | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:30:54

Empowering your veterinary team to do their best and finding their personal superpowers isn’t a myth. This week hosts Dr. Ernie Ward and registered veterinary technician Beckie Mossor meet with Tracy Dowdy, CVPM to discuss team empowerment. Strategies to better utilize your team members, what a relationship-centered business looks like, and what independent veterinary practices can learn about empowering staff from corporate practices. Don’t forget to subscribe and please leave us a review on iTunes if you like this podcast!!

 Veterinary Cyberscams and Cybernightmares | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:26:45

Veterinary clinics and veterinary professionals are increasingly falling prey to online hacks and internet scams. From spearfishing to catfishing to drug diversion, veterinarians and veterinary technicians are vulnerable to schemes targeting their social media profiles, personal data, and professional licenses. This week we tackle this frightening topic that affects us all. This is an important conversation you should have with your team (and family) today!

 Diagnosing a Dog's Itching with Veterinary Dermatologist Candace Sousa | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:33:14

We're back with another dermatological dilemma we confront (nearly) every day: the itching dog! Atopy, insect bite, and food allergies fill our schedules, challenge our teams, and frustrate everyone (especially the poor pet suffering from incessant itching)! This week we're joined by veterinary dermatologist Dr. Candace Sousa. She shares her insights and advice on diagnosing and treating itchy dogs, as well as the latest trends and tips in testing and treatment. Host veterinarians Ernie Ward and Cyndie Courtney have a wide-ranging conversation that will help any veterinary practice more confidently help itching patients. This special podcast episode was brought to you by our friends at Zoetis, makers of Apoquel and Cytopoint. Product information for APOQUEL is available at: Zoetis is dedicated to changing the way we approach canine pruritus to protect the bonds that matter most. Visit for more. Do not use APOQUEL in dogs less than 12 months of age or those with serious infections. APOQUEL may increase the chances of developing serious infections, and may cause existing parasitic skin infestations or pre-existing cancers to get worse.


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