The Hamster Wheel Blog

Est 2009
"Probably the world's best, occasionally
profane, veterinary business blog"

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. 

In order to submit a question to freewheelin' please record a video and following the format closely:


1. State who you are and where you are from.
2. Ask your question as concisely as possible, it must be under 30 seconds long.

3. Upload your video using this form.

 

We do not guarantee to answer all questions, especially ones that have been answered previously. 
 

August 29, 2019

Physical and mental pain are experienced commonly in staff working in veterinary hospitals across the world. While some of the causes lie outside our control, there’s a lot we can all do to reduce the amount of avoidable suffering in our lives. My latest blog post on t...

July 25, 2019

Do you want to start every day with insane energy levels and focus, so you get the important stuff done and start creating the life you always wanted? If so, here’s a simple four-step formula that I use.
 

1. Exercise for at least 15 minutes. It doesn’t matter what you...

June 6, 2019

This content is taken from some of the learning materials we offer in The VetX Graduate Community, and is targeting the younger generation of vets specifically. But I think there will be something of value to everyone.

I know this will help you to enjoy a happier less s...

June 7, 2018

Do you want to start every day with insane energy levels and focus, so you get the important stuff done and start creating the life you always wanted? If so, here’s a simple four-step formula that I use.
 

1. Exercise for at least 15 minutes. It doesn’t matter what you...

June 6, 2018

In part one I described how to avoid complaints. But what can you do to turn things around when something has gone wrong?
 

Now you have an upset or angry client, so how do you handle this like a boss? Here’s my proven formula that will get people back on track quickly.
...

May 30, 2018

It's been a while since I posted any written content, but I'm going to be dropping some serious content bombs for the younger generation over the next two weeks as they graduate vet school. Each day I’ll post a short article that will help improve your life in whatever...

April 26, 2018

On today's show, Dr Dave Nicol answers the question: "How Much Money Should I Ask For As a New Grad Vet?"

The question was submitted via the website.

Submit your question for Dr Dave on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. Submit to @drdavenicol on each and tag the question #...

September 7, 2017

It’s almost 20 years since I graduated from Glasgow University Veterinary School. A boozy lunch was followed by an eagerly chanted (if slightly slurred) Hippocratic oath. Then my band of brothers and sisters emerged from under the vast, gothic spires of Glasgow Univers...

August 17, 2017

Over the past six months, I’ve worked solidly on two projects. 
 

My new book for graduate vets called “So You’re A Vet…Now What?” which, after 20 years of thinking, two years of writing and goodness knows how many edits, has finally been published this week.
 

And VetX,...

August 10, 2017

Recruitment is a minefield where the wrong decision can be costly and damaging. With as many as 40% of new graduates reported to leave their job within the first 3 months (RCVS Survey of Recent Graduates 2013), it seems like something is going wrong in the matching pro...

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