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. 

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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.

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

July 12, 2019

Today Dr Dave talks about the role of the veterinarian and asks 'are we relevant, do we matter?'  

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July 4, 2019

It's graduation time, and with so many of you starting out on your career path I thought I would speak today about the 3 things to think about as you begin that journey.

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June 27, 2019

When anyone joins our VETX community we ask a range of questions to see how we can help and what the person struggles with the most, and the answer 70-80% of the time is "how to have a work-life balance?" So today I talk about this, and put my hand up to having this st...

June 21, 2019

On today’s show, I am joined by the multi-talented Jolle Kirpensteijn.

Jolle graduated from the Utrecht Veterinary School in Holland and promptly moved to the US where he completed his residency training in small animal surgery and Masters degree at Kansas State Univers...

June 13, 2019

Or how do I boost my confidence? How do I grow my confidence? These are questions I get asked over and over. There are two things that matter more than anything when answering those questions and today on Freewheelin' I discuss them both.

'With realization of one's own...

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...

May 30, 2019

We are heading towards that time of the year again (Congrats new grads!) and in the current environment of experienced vet scarcity, practices are increasingly turning to new graduates as the answer to the problem. But there are some deep rooted concerns foremost in th...

May 23, 2019

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On today’s show I super excited to be joined by one of my writing and business idols, Chris Brogan.


Chris is one of the original group of people who, in the late nineties, decided this new-fangled-interwebs thing might just be useful and went a...

May 16, 2019

We all know about the mental health concerns within the veterinary workplace mental health and, in particular, the darker side of this where suicide seems like a perfectly normal option for someone suffering. It's a dark place to end up.

So as part of the UK National me...

May 9, 2019

Today Dr Dave talks about the different aspects of hiring and job seeking, and not just looking at qualifications but asking the valuable question 'does the person/do I actually suit the practice?'

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