Recently I started listening to podcasts, and I am so bummed I didn't discover them sooner! I recommend them for anyone involved or who wants to become involved in the veterinary community, from pre-vets to vet students to professionals. They are an awesome way to make use of "wasted" time, such as the time you spend driving to the grocery store or folding laundry, and I've learned so much from them. Click "read more" below to see my two favorite podcast channels and a description of each!
This podcast is hosted by Dr. Justine Lee, DVM, DACVECC, DABT. These letters mean that Dr. Lee is a double-boarded veterinarian in Emergency & Critical Care and Toxicology. She covers a variety of topics from practice ownership to novel treatments to the cure and management of diseases. One of my favorite themes on her channel is her reviews of recent publications in the veterinary medical and scientific literature, in which she’ll often interview the primary author. VETgirl podcasts range from 5 minutes to about an hour, which is suitable for any time frame— I listen to VETgirl during the 3 minutes it takes to wash some dishes, on 30-minute runs, and on 3-hour drives to the mountains. Without VETgirl, I would never have learned so early in my career about pyothorax and intravenous lipid emulsion! Listening to VETgirl will certainly put you ahead of the game. Note: Just because it's called "VETgirl" doesn't mean it excludes the male members of the veterinary community! Learn more at vetgirlontherun.com
The Uncommon Veterinarian
This podcast is hosted by Captain Dr. Elliot Garber, DVM. He is an Army Active Duty veterinarian, or as we call them in the Army, a VCO (Veterinary Corps Officer). His podcasts feature interviews with "uncommon veterinarians", that is, veterinarians who pursue careers other than the typical companion animal or equine track. Some examples are public health veterinarians, wildlife veterinarians, and food safety veterinarians. It is a great way to learn about the infinite and diverse array of opportunities there are in veterinary medicine. I have learned about several interesting opportunities through his podcast, such as the Smith-Kilborne program. Learn more about Dr. Garber at www.elliotgarber.com
Articles in this blog are oriented to readers interested in going to veterinary school.