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The Balance of Mentorship | Resources for Vet Students | PAWCast Episode 48 | Veterinary Podcast

The Balance of Mentorship | Resources for Vet Students | PAWCast Episode 48 | Veterinary Podcast

February 11, 2021

Mentorship has become a standard expectation for graduation DVM students in their first years in practice. There is a lot of power in mentorship in accelerating careers towards success and improving patient care. However, as the term has been used more and more, we have forgotten a simple question, what is mentorship?

This question is one that needs definition and constant refinement as it varies person to person, mentee to mentee and mentor to mentor. We are all likely to have different expectations as mentees and mentors, so why are we leaving the success of that relationship up to chance? Why are some of us expecting the other party to contribute their entire selves while the other contributes little to nothing?

In this episode of the PAWCast, we are blessed to have Dr. Katie Niksich join us in the studio as we discuss the balance of mentorship and how to best set the bounds of the relationship that has the greatest potential to propel a young veterinary professional's career forward. We discuss the utilization of values as defining characteristics of the relationship and getting expectations in writing just as clear as any contract for employment.

Mentoring can be a great asset when implemented well. It can be a major detriment to everyone when it is out of balance.

What are you seeking in a mentor? Do you believe in using a mentorship agreement prior to job offer acceptance? Let us know in the comments!

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The PAWCast is a semi-weekly veterinary podcast devoted to sharing the ideas of how to be a force of change in the veterinary profession. Those who will find this content helpful will be those who appreciate and wish to implement change for the better in their professional lives. These skills and techniques can be applied at any level of experience or influence, and are the things that have led PAW Health Network to over 250% growth in 3 years. Our industry needs help, and you are the force of change. Let us show you how.

Struggling With Insecurity | Resources for Vet Students | PAWCast Episode 47 | Veterinary Podcast

Struggling With Insecurity | Resources for Vet Students | PAWCast Episode 47 | Veterinary Podcast

February 9, 2021

"Will I be good enough in the clinic? I struggle with comparing myself to my classmates as I have very little experience in clinics and am not as experienced as them."

This question is one that lives in the heads of almost every veterinary student we have the opportunity to interact with. It seems like no matter what the situation, they believe they are completely behind their peers. In reality, the arduous process of simply getting into vet school is one that proves that you are a massive distance in front of the crowd. There might be 100 people near you, but there are thousands behind you. Hold your head high. You've earned it.

In this episode of the PAWCast, we are blessed to have our now new FULL TIME veterinarian Dr. Caroline Rauschendorfer join us in the studio as we discuss the struggle of insecurity as a vet student and in practice. We discuss how the education system has shifted away from one that is purpose driven to one that is power driven, how to take as much control as you can given a less than ideal circumstance, training your mind and body on how to handle struggle and suffering and maintaining your patience while you learn and grow.

Primarily though, if you're worried about comparing yourself to others in vet school, f*** em. Focus on improving yourself a little bit from who you were yesterday and over time, you will be far better than if you concern yourself with catching your 'competition.'

How do you compare yourself to others? Do you find it helpful? What do you do to control your expectations of yourself? Let us know in the comments!

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The PAWCast is a semi-weekly veterinary podcast devoted to sharing the ideas of how to be a force of change in the veterinary profession. Those who will find this content helpful will be those who appreciate and wish to implement change for the better in their professional lives. These skills and techniques can be applied at any level of experience or influence, and are the things that have led PAW Health Network to over 250% growth in 3 years. Our industry needs help, and you are the force of change. Let us show you how.

Be A Star Mentor | PAWCast Episode 46 | Veterinary Podcast

Be A Star Mentor | PAWCast Episode 46 | Veterinary Podcast

January 19, 2021

A star mentor is the person or people who is ready, willing and able to help improve your confidence so that you are more able to improve your competence. These people are typically your best trainers, but not always viewed as the highest producers. Their tendency to lead from behind allows them to be taken for granted, even though they are the glue that holds the entire team together. Star mentors are an ideal combination of confidence and competence. They can perform their job duties well and will both actively and passively guide others to success. They will often become the standard to which others aspire to be.

But what about when confidence or competence are lacking? What is the result of role or cultural risks? Are we creating imposter syndrome without knowing it?

In this episode of the PAWCast, we explore the details of the confidence/competence grid and what it means to be a star mentor, as well as how to setup a veterinary clinic to use this information to collaborate, problem solve and implement solutions.

This is the third of a three part series on the star chart.

Do you struggle with confidence even though you know you can do what you have to do? Like,

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The PAWCast is a semi-weekly veterinary podcast devoted to sharing the ideas of how to be a force of change in the veterinary profession. Those who will find this content helpful will be those who appreciate and wish to implement change for the better in their professional lives. These skills and techniques can be applied at any level of experience or influence, and are the things that have led PAW Health Network to over 250% growth in 3 years. Our industry needs help, and you are the force of change. Let us show you how.

How To Be A Star Leader | PAWCast Episode 45 | Veterinary Podcast

How To Be A Star Leader | PAWCast Episode 45 | Veterinary Podcast

January 12, 2021

A star leader is the individual(s) on your team that is exceptionally clear in what they need to do, why is matters, and then executes their tasks consistently. These people are typically your highest producers, but not always the best mentors. They're ready to run out in front of the pack, to be the trailblazer and the pace setter, but are not always great at showing other people the ideal path.

Star leaders are an ideal combination of consistency and clarity. Pair that with high performance and high potential, you have an absolute all star on your hands.

But what about when consistency and clarity are lacking? Who's job is it to fix the problem? Who implements the plan? How to we avoid global risks?]

In this episode of the PAWCast, we explore the details of the consistency/clarity grid and what it means to be a star leader, as well as how to setup a veterinary clinic to use this information to collaborate, problem solve and implement solutions.

This is the second of a three part series on the star chart, so like and subscribe for the next episode on star leaders.

Do you have a story about being promoted into a role you couldn't succeed in, even though you were great at the job you had?

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How to Be a Star Player | PAWCast Episode 44 | Veterinary Podcast

How to Be a Star Player | PAWCast Episode 44 | Veterinary Podcast

January 8, 2021

Veterinary teams need high performers, so everyone is looking for a silver bullet employee or doctor either on their team or as an outside hire. But, before we can even get close to that, we have to know what a star player is, as well as what it isn't.

Star players are an ideal combination of high potential and high performance. They can do a lot, and they do it well. They integrate into and engage with process well. They align with the team's shared purpose and core values.

But not everyone will be a star player. Some of us are backbones. Some of us are problem children. Some of us are...Icebergs.

In this episode of the PAWCast, we explore the details of the performance/potential grid and what it means to be a star player, as well as how to setup a veterinary clinic to have the processes necessary to CREATE star players.

This is the first of a three part series on the star chart, so like and subscribe for the next episode on star leaders.

What are you doing to be a star player or to become one? Like, Share and Subscribe!

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PAWCast Episode 43: Engage Collaboration To Improve The Veterinary Team

PAWCast Episode 43: Engage Collaboration To Improve The Veterinary Team

December 24, 2020

Engaging tough communication and conflict is not an easy thing to do, but it is a necessary thing to do. That means that it is worth doing well. The first step though, is agreeing on WHY you want to do it. Who or what are you going to go through that struggle for. If you share that with your team, nothing can stop you.

Then its all about try, fall, adapt and improve. There is nothing wrong with trying and falling. That is one of the best ways to learn. But when you fall, you have to collaborate. You have to work with your team in establishing a shared reality, owning your mistakes, giving and accepting forgiveness and then developing inclusive and well rounded solutions and plans.

This episode of the PAWCast is all about the process of collaborating with your veterinary team to understand your problems and communicating your way into great solutions.

You can do this. Your patients need you too.

What are you doing to improve collaboration and communication on your team? Share your story in the comments!

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PAWCast Episode 42: How To Beat Imposter Syndrome

PAWCast Episode 42: How To Beat Imposter Syndrome

December 21, 2020

Imposter Syndrome is a mindset that has penetrated the veterinary industry more than we realize. It seems like every new graduate is talking about it before they even have a chance to prove they AREN'T an imposter in the workplace.

We would argue that there isn't a problem with imposter syndrome, rather, that there is a problem in perspective. We are simply looking around more than we are at ourselves.

Developing a system that allows you to have a goal, but to focus on the process of achieving that goal sets the stage for you to make incremental, consistent improvements. Comparing yourself to the person you were yesterday is a fair judgement.

So stop comparing yourself to those that are around you.

How do you do that? You make a plan. Set your goals in stone and your plans in sand. Learn how to be adaptive and adjust as you move forward. Read resources on improving your perspective and your skill sets. Get a mentor that will help you shorten the learning curve.

Don't focus on the last step. Focus on the next step.

What are you doing to limit imposter syndrome? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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PAWCast Episode 41:COVID-19 Has Changed the Game.

PAWCast Episode 41:COVID-19 Has Changed the Game.

December 9, 2020

COVID-19 has had a significant negative impact on millions of people. It is not something anyone wanted to have happen and it's negative effects should not be minimized.

However, there has been an interesting shift in the mindset and buying behavior of our clients since the inception of the pandemic. Folks that are typically not accepting of ideas that are new and different are being forced into welcoming change in everything they do. 

With that change in mindset, we see that as an opportunity to adopt change into your clinic, especially in two specific ways.

One is going to be adoption of a triage based model in your practice. COVID has created a necessity for people to limit any and all barriers to income generation. This makes the 'schedule' based harder to implement for the sake of the patient. Clinics around us are books two to four weeks out, which has swelled our same day case load significantly. If clinics are able to increase availability, clients are almost certainly sure to be grateful and more willing to provide care for their patients.

Two is the implementation of a standard patient separation protocol. First, if you elect a triage based system, this is a protocol that is necessary to ensure proper medical monitoring. However, the necessity of curbside care has opened the door to the idea of speaking with clients without them holding their patients and simply not paying attention. We integrated patient separation years ago and have seen that consultations are more effective and treatment plan compliance is significantly higher. It is also more effective for the learning of new staff, and less stressful for the overwhelming majority of patients that receive care are our clinic.

Do you see yourself realizing this opportunity for change, or are you excited to get back to the way things were? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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PAWCast Episode 40: Relentless

PAWCast Episode 40: Relentless

December 7, 2020

Over the last couple of weeks, I have had a word stuck in my head. Relentless.

I've been on a mission to figure out what it takes to thrive in the emergency veterinary setting. All of the reading and contemplation I have done seems to have led me to this word. To have a purpose that you believe in so strongly that you are RELENTLESS in the fulfillment of that mission. So many companies, teams and individuals have mastered this art, but it seems to be something that is missing pretty significantly in the veterinary world, even though we have one of the most tangible purposes of any industry. It's simple. Serve the Patient. Be relentless in your pursuit. The rest will follow.

Do you agree that this is the difference maker for us in the veterinary industry? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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PAWCast Episode 39: Dr. Janessa Thompson

PAWCast Episode 39: Dr. Janessa Thompson

November 25, 2020

In light of her recent promotion here at PAW Health Network, Dr. Janessa Thompson joins the PAWCast to share a bit of her story, how she got into veterinary medicine, her path to PAW, and her path to becoming Medical Generalist.

Have you had similar experiences in practicing vet medicine? Share your story in the comments.

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