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Each week I publish the Freewheelin' video Q&A show and each month an episode of Blunt Dissection Podcast. I also publish articles randomly from time to time. 

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July 3, 2020

Behind every successful veterinarian is often a great mentor. How can you find the best mentor for you? Do you have clear goals? How can you make the most out of the mentoring experience? Dr Dave shares his top 5 tips when it comes to choosing a mentor, getting valuabl...

June 25, 2020

On today’s show, I’m joined by Dr Lisa Radosta. Dr Radosta graduated in 2000 from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. After completing an

June 19, 2020

Talking to clients about money can be awkward especially when you have the fear of negative comments about the price or even guilt-tripping you into lowering the price. This should not be the case. You should be an advocate for your service, not an apologist for your p...

June 13, 2020

A lot of new grads face the difficult decision on which path they want to take in veterinary medicine. It can be a super stressful time and you may feel hesitant to choose because of the perceived risks. Check out this episode of Freewheelin' to hear Dr Dave's thoughts...

June 4, 2020

2020 continues to be a year of upheaval and, in many ways, horror at times. From bushfires and Brexit to Coronavirus and now, once again, the ugly spectre of racism rears its head.

The death in the United States of George Floyd while in police custody is shocking and...

May 28, 2020

With both our teams and clients feeling the pressures and uncertainties due to COVID-19, frustration can quickly lead to anger. Some veterinarians may have been on the receiving end of some pretty angry clients and may be left feeling hurt. But it's important to rememb...

May 22, 2020

On today’s show, I’m joined by Dr Sara Pizano.

Sara is a Cornell Graduate and leading light in shelter medicine who has brought about enormous positive change to shelters across America.

After university, she completed an internship at the Animal Medical Center in New Yo...

May 14, 2020

Social media is a powerful tool for creating your brand and showing the world how good you are at what you do. So a question I get asked a lot is "could social media be used to improve my vet career?" and "how could I expand my social media presence?".

As someone who s...

May 7, 2020

A lot of student veterinarians aren't in class right now due to the lockdown and feel that they are missing out on some crucial learning that can't be delivered well in online classes. 

They may be thinking about pausing their degree and pursuing something else such as...

April 30, 2020

Right now, I'm seeing and feeling the toxic effects of social media interactions more than ever.

At this time when our human needs of certainly and connection have been shredded, there is a tsunami of ignorance, fear, and anxiety out there on social media. It is so easy...

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