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Podcast for Veterinary Professionals | Start living an empowered, joyful, balanced career as a Veterinarian, Vet Tech, Veterinary Practice Manager. You got through Vet school and thought that was the hard part. Now, you realized it was just the beginning.* Toxic work environment* Weekend shifts & on-call duty* Difficult clients & patients that don't get better* Imposter Syndrome & fear of being sued* Compassion Fatigue & burnout* Career Regret Dr. Cari Wise helps veterinary professionals cre ...
 
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Joy and Happiness are NOT the same things. Joy is more than an emotion... It is a way of being... It is most highly experienced when we develop truth for ourselves in nine key areas... the nine buckets of alignment as I like to call them. Our human experience, left unquestioned and absent of intention, cannot (and will not) fill these nine buckets.…
 
Our experience in veterinary medicine is determined by our thoughts about it. Habit thoughts... Thoughts we’ve been imprinted with from those around us (parents, teachers, colleagues, clients, media, etc.)... Thoughts we haven’t intentionally chosen for ourselves... So WHY? Why are some of us greatly influenced by others, and some of us are not? Wh…
 
The Covid-19 pandemic has been with us for a year now and will continue to linger for the indefinite future in some way, shape, or form. Veterinary Medicine, like many industries, has been forced to adjust and adapt. A year in, our colleagues in clinical practice are exhausted. Like much of the rest of the world, we’re dreaming of getting back to n…
 
I don't care whether or not you stay in veterinary practice, or totally leave every potential job related to a veterinary license behind. I really don't. I care about your personal well-being. I care about your future happiness. I care about your purpose (I KNOW you have one, even if you aren't so sure). I also care about the decision many of us ke…
 
What do you hate about Vet Med? I'm guessing creating that list would come pretty easily. I suspect justifying that list with your personal experiences would be effortless. I bet you could even round up a group of colleagues who would agree with you... ... who would share their similar experiences... ... who would create their own, very similar, li…
 
The most common response to discomfort is to take action that results in a change. Makes sense from a survival perspective... (especially if you are being pursued by predators.) BUT... this "habit of leaving" isn't doing us any favors in the pursuit of our best lives. Sure, there will be jobs, relationships, and other circumstances in our lives tha…
 
As a veterinary professional you are likely a very smart person. After all, it wasn't by accident that you were able to pass those board examinations to secure your licensure... But something happens to many of us once we get into practice... The real-world becomes overwhelming and confusing. Our logical and strategic left-brained thinking tries to…
 
What if you were never meant to work in Vet Med forever? What if the clinical practice was only supposed to be a tiny part of your journey? What if you were never supposed to "fit in" there? If these things are true, then did you make a mistake pursuing it in the first place? Many of us would believe Yes. Some of our friends, family members, and co…
 
You and I have at least one thing in common... We both pursued careers in Vet Med. Beyond that, there are similarities, and there are differences. Society and culture would have us believe our differences are problematic. This idea is so integrated that it leaves us comparing ourselves to others... Not measuring up... Concluding that the others hav…
 
"I just can't do this anymore." Most of us in the veterinary profession have said those words... at least to ourselves. Maybe the last time was after a particularly sad euthanasia. Or, maybe after an ugly encounter with a client. Or, perhaps, when leaving work hours after the scheduled end of your shift. There comes a point for all of us when we ar…
 
Veterinary medicine brings us the opportunity to feel all the feels. You might struggle with that part. I did. I still do, sometimes. If you're anything like me, you probably have a tendency toward perfectionism. Perhaps you beat yourself up from time to time. And, maybe, you use things like junk food, television, shopping, and even overworking to …
 
Our world is full of never-ending opportunities to be stimulated. Veterinary jobs reinforce this with overbooked schedules and chaotic days. The unpredictable nature of practicing medicine doesn't help. Many of us get through our days with a combination of adrenaline and caffeine. We then collapse in physical exhaustion when we get home... but the …
 
Are you experiencing the compounding effect of anxiety and stress? Does it seem like it's getting heavier than usual? You aren't alone! If you're like me, your mind drifts frequently to the "what if..." And, let's face it... with the pandemic, election-related activities, and our own personal and professional challenges... we have a lot of material…
 
We often experience an emotional rollercoaster in veterinary medicine. There are extreme moments of happiness, relief, and appreciation... And there are also extreme moments of grief, regret, and fear. However, the framework of our veterinary careers, and entire lives, actually creates no emotion for us at all. Life has two components: Framework Ex…
 
There are Four Root Causes of all Anxiety in Vet Med: Unexpected Outcomes Personal Inexperience Human Interactions Prior Decisions These causes have two things in common: None of them are within our control. All of them are anchored in Fear. Because they are anchored in fear, they feel extra terrible. They feel like something we need to fix, solve …
 
The new year is coming. So, where do you land? In the camp of excited anticipation? Or in the camp of dread, doubt, uneasiness, and a little bit of fear? No doubt, 2020 threw us a hefty dose of the unexpected... But... ...not really more than any other year. Read that again... Not really more than any other year. What we can predict has remained un…
 
The decisions we make exclusively from our emotional experience often do not create the results we ultimately want. We make decisions this way because we want to feel better. And when we make these decisions rashly. It's simply evidenced that we want to feel better immediately. It works... for a while. When we change our circumstances we automatica…
 
Thinking about quitting Vet Med? You aren’t alone. Thoughts of leaving this sh*twshow behind are pretty common for a lot of us. Ya, Really! But, why? Here’s where it gets interesting... Why are you thinking about leaving your job? Why are you thinking about ditching the profession altogether? My guess: the VMVs... Blame directed at the Vet Med Vill…
 
We put a lot of pressure on happiness. We've turned it into the measure of the quality of our life and career. Of course, we want to be happy! But in pursuit of that, we've turned the absence of happiness into something that it is not. Absence of happiness does not mean something is going wrong. Absence of happiness does not mean something needs to…
 
Some of the hardest components of a veterinary career are amplified by four things: Stressful Client Interactions Unexpected Patient Death Board Complaints / Negative Performance Evaluations Negative Online Business Reviews We try our best to avoid these things... ... to keep them from happening. And then when they do, we turn inward... > we blame …
 
In veterinary medicine and life, happiness is never something to be found, it is only something to be created. Happiness is an emotion. Emotions are never created by the events of the world. This faulty conclusion we've drawn about the things that happen to be the cause of the way we feel is defeating. When we believe our happiness (and other emoti…
 
In an uncontrollable world, there is one thing you can control one hundred percent of the time... You. Unfortunately, many of us give away that control, which compounds the impact. The ways in which we give up our control are subtle. We don't recognize these three simple things have a massive negative impact on our lives, self-confidence, and our f…
 
The Vet Med journey is not predictable. Despite the shared experiences of those who’ve gone before, the journeys of others are not indicative of our own. We will forge our own paths. Left to chance, those paths look very similar. But, intentionally decided, they look very different. Vet Med is simply a catalyst. The ultimate question becomes this: …
 
In this week's episode, I pull back the curtain and share some exciting changes coming to Joyful DVM and Vet Life Academy. I also share how you can Reboot your Vet Life and career with the help of our brand new course: Vet Life Reboot. In just six weeks you can improve work-life balance and decrease stress. We'll be digging deep into the 5 Componen…
 
Veterinary Work-Life Balance is an interesting thing. In Vet Med we often lament about not having it ... and we identify it as a must-have when searching for new jobs. Many of us believe the perfect job can make work-life balance a reality for us. So, we actively seek work-life balance, as if it is something to be found... as if it's, something we'…
 
The veterinary environment can be rough. Mentally. Physically. Emotionally. We often blame the clients, and their behavior, for our experience. But, it doesn't start there. It starts closer to home. Many of us experience work environments where gossiping and back-stabbing are the norm... ... where "us against them" is common... ... where nobody see…
 
Remember the Bluebirds I talked about back in Episode 11? They taught me a great lesson, which I shared on the podcast, about how to overcome obstacles. (If you haven't listened to Episode 11, consider checking it out.) Turns out, they had more wisdom to share. Perseverance: The ability to keep doing something despite how hard it is and how long it…
 
Uncertainty creates fear. Veterinary Medicine is full of uncertainty. It's no wonder many of us feel stressed, anxious, and worried a lot of the time. Under all of those emotions is fear. We've tried our best to eliminate the uncertainty. We've become control freaks & perfectionists. (okay, okay... so maybe those aren't new traits... but they are m…
 
Fear is a powerful motivator. It makes perfect since when we remember the original purpose of this emotion... Self Preservation. Fear is part of our built-in alert system. Super useful when our ancestors were being hunted by predators, not so much today. The alert system still exists... and it’s really good at sending off false alarms. Fear is so i…
 
Feeling angry with your veterinary clients because they just don't get it? Tired of the complaining about scheduling appointments, curbside service, and the inability to get in same-day? Wishing they'd just chill out and understand what you're going through? You aren't alone. But it's not just veterinary clinics experiencing this Extra from clients…
 
How's your mood? Think back over the last several days, weeks, or even months... How have you been feeling? These may seem like random questions, but the answers explain Everything about the progress you've been making (or not making) toward creating the life you want. Your mood is a direct reflection of your Net Emotional State. So, if you're spen…
 
How are you choosing your clients? Are you intentionally cultivating the clientele you serve? Or, are you just accepting every potential client who seeks your services? Did you even realize you had a choice? You Do! What about your compensation... Are you paying yourself adequately as a practice owner? Do you understand how you can increase your co…
 
Vet Med is an interesting career. Often a Love / Hate relationship. Spectacularly rewarding, and crushingly devastating all at the same time. The events that occur in veterinary medicine are just part of the job. The way that we respond to the events, is optional. OPTIONAL. That's really hard to see when a client is blasting us on social media, or …
 
Are you your own advocate? Or are you passing the responsibility of your emotional well-being to things outside of yourself... ... things you probably can't control? So many of us in veterinary medicine do just that. We conclude that it is challenging, or even impossible, to create joyful and peaceful lives while also working in the veterinary prof…
 
Scenario: You're asked a yes-or-no question. How do you respond? Yes, without hesitating? Awesome! No, without regret? Excellent! No, with remorse because you really want to say yes? Uh-oh... trouble ahead... Yes, with bitterness and anger because you really want to say no? Welcome to the People Pleasers Club... your future is at risk. Not Joking. …
 
Therapy or Coaching? It's a question I'm asked frequently by my veterinary colleagues. It's yet another example of binary thinking... either/or... For some of us, both might be the best choice. Mostly it just comes down to our ultimate goals. If we want to heal the past and put it to rest, therapy is great for this. If we want to move beyond the pa…
 
How do you think your life should be? For that matter, how do you believe the world should be? We all have our opinions... ... and when it comes to our own lives, the gap between what we believe it should be like and what it actually is, creates emotional turmoil. This is true in our vet med jobs, our relationships with others, and even our evaluat…
 
Our circumstances don't stop us from pursuing our goals and dreams... ... our thought patterns do. Our minds are complex, to say the least. Our thought patterns are layered, and very influential... but not always in a good way. It's so easy to believe that our circumstances are the problem... ... that our circumstances are the reason why we aren't …
 
You know what they say about assumptions... It holds true in Vet Med as well. There is a collection of broad-sweeping beliefs that many of us have about our lives as veterinary professionals. The most influential beliefs are about the impact of our career choice on our time and income potential. Through the normal course of our veterinary careers, …
 
No doubt, 2020 thus far has been quite a ride... and we're only halfway through. True end of the world? Maybe. Getting back to normal soon? Not even an option. As I looked back at just some of the things 2020 has brought us and considered the way we humans have reacted, I see the silver lining. Do you see it? Many of us are missing it because of ou…
 
The noise and action of the world can drown out what is real. In this short and sweet episode, I offer truth and encouragement to veterinary professionals, and every person, who might need a gentle reminder that they are enough. Your worth is infinite. Your value is priceless. Your potential is limitless. Your purpose is real. Your dreams and goals…
 
The quality of veterinary clinic culture is directly related to the gap between expectation and reality. The 5 components of culture in veterinary organizations include: Leverage Schedule Pay Policies Leadership At the time of employment and onboarding, expectations in all of these areas are created. What we experience, then, either aligns with exp…
 
Have you ever been talking to a client and you see them zone out so you switch gears to try to deliver your message a different way, all the while watching for any signs of comprehension or consent? Or have you been delivering unexpected news and find yourself in an explanation loop... rationalizing, justifying, convincing... all while that little …
 
It's no surprise we try to measure our success in Vet Med. We are constantly looking for indications that we are doing it right, or doing it wrong. Unfortunately, success in Vet Med can't be measured by tangible things. So, in the absence of tangible measures of success, we create our own: Clients who are happy and patients who get better mean we'r…
 
What's the hardest part of veterinary medicine? Most of us wouldn't identify getting bitten, being pooped on, learning to take well-positioned radiographs, or figuring out how to draw blood on fractious cats as the hard parts of our jobs. The hard part is feeling stressed out all the time, and we believe that stress comes from things like cranky cl…
 
Many of us don't speak out or take action in our lives not because we don't agree that change is needed, but because we are afraid of doing it wrong. The fear keeps us living small and accepting the status quo. Our human brains rationalize those choices. It seems very logical... But we forget, the best part of our human brain provides the capacity …
 
Our purpose as part of a veterinary hospital, whether we are veterinarians or veterinary technicians, or veterinary practice managers, is to serve clients and treat patients. That is all. That is why veterinary hospitals exist. Unfortunately, most of us spend an abundant amount of time focused on things that do not fall into the purpose of our role…
 
In this episode, I take a look at the UP SIDE of Imposter Syndrome in VetMed. Imposter Syndrome is really a state of believing that you're a fraud and that your accomplishments were more likely accidental than the intentional result of your performance. I dig deep into the phenomenon, share why it’s both very common, and very normal, in the Veterin…
 
Welcome to the inaugural episode of The Joyful DVM Podcast! Joyful DVM is a personal development organization created to support veterinary professionals and teach the life skills traditional veterinary education is lacking. The Joyful DVM vision is to empower veterinary professionals and change the belief that relentless stress, anxiety, depressio…
 
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