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After graduating from veterinary school over twenty years ago, struggling to create balance, and failing to protect her mental health and emotional wellbeing, Dr. Cari Wise finally ditched all the rules and forged her own path forward. If you're a veterinary professional looking to up-level your life and your career, or maybe looking to go in an entirely new direction, then the topics we discuss on the Joyful DVM podcast is absolutely for you.
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Dvmox Podcast ha il compito di acculturare ulteriormente l'ascoltatore e magari fargli fare qualche risata durante l'ascolto. I temi trattati sono molteplici e ci impegniamo a renderli semplici e sempre molto interessanti.
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In this episode, Dr. Cari Wise discusses the importance of prioritizing oneself, particularly in the demanding profession of veterinary medicine. Dr. Wise emphasizes the significance of self-care for maintaining mental and emotional wellbeing, and challenges the notion that prioritizing oneself is selfish or irresponsible. She encourages listeners …
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In this episode, Dr. Cari Wise reflects on her 50th birthday, and encourages self-reflection. She poses the question, "What are you committed to?" and shares her own experiences of realizing commitments that did not align with her goals and dreams. She emphasize the importance of self-awareness and intentional decision-making, and shares the origin…
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In this episode Dr. Cari Wise discusses the concept of life purpose and its relationship to veterinary medicine. Dr. Wise emphasizes the importance of separating one's career in veterinary medicine from their true identity as a human being and offers resources to support personal and professional growth. She encourages veterinary professionals to d…
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In this episode, Dr. Cari Wise discusses the fear of negotiation when looking for a new job. She emphasizes the importance of approaching the job search and negotiation process with clarity and confidence. Job seekers are encouraged to dispel the myth that they have to accept any offer and instead approach interviews with curiosity and a clear unde…
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"Energy vampires" are individuals who drain our energy and affect our emotions. As a veterinary professional, Dr. Cari Wise understands the significant impact anxiety and stress can have on those around us. In this episode, she shares her personal experience as a practice owner and how it affected her interactions with her staff. It is crucial to r…
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In this episode, Dr. Cari Wise discusses the topic of getting fired as a veterinary professional. Dr. Wise emphasizes that getting fired does not mean that the individual is bad or not cut out for the job, and encourages individuals to approach the situation with curiosity and compassion, seeking to understand the experience and learn from it. The …
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In this episode Dr. Cari Wise shares about her experiences with unexpected events throughout the week. She discusses how unexpected events are a normal part of veterinary medicine and emphasizes the importance of recognizing that fear is often the root cause of the desire to control. Dr. Wise suggests focusing on emotional wellbeing and choosing ou…
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In this episode, Dr. Cari Wise discusses the importance of setting boundaries, particularly with oneself. This boundary pertains to where one allows their focus to rest when they are not at work. Dr. Wise explains that many veterinary professionals tend to obsessively think about cases and events from work, which can lead to negative emotions and a…
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In this episode, Dr. Cari Wise, discusses the importance of time blocking and intentional focus to increase productivity and reduce overwhelm. She emphasizes the need to evaluate and eliminate non-essential tasks from the to-do list, and shares her personal experience of using time blocking to complete a stack of 19 medical records efficiently. Dr.…
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In this episode, Dr. Cari Wise emphasizes the importance of continuing to make efforts even when we don't see immediate results, using a personal story about befriending a feral cat to illustrate the point. Dr. Wise encourages listeners to have faith that their efforts are accumulating beneath the surface and that eventually, their desired outcomes…
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In this episode Dr. Cari Wise shares about the concept of resistance and its impact on our ability to pursue activities that bring us joy and fulfillment. She defines resistance as the internal pushback we experience when we want to do something but struggle to take action and provides examples, such as wanting to spend more time on a hobby or beco…
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In this episode, Dr. Cari Wise discusses the issue of bullying in veterinary organizations. She defines bullying as adverse behavior exhibited by veterinary professionals towards their colleagues, such as being short-tempered, avoiding conversations, making backhanded comments, and setting others up for failure. Dr. Wise emphasizes that bullying is…
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In this episode, Dr. Cari Wise talks about the grounding force that birds provide in her life and encourages listeners to find their own grounding anchors. Dr. Wise explains how birds bring her back to what is real and help her navigate the chaos of the world. She encourages listeners to identify their own grounding items or activities and reminds …
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In the first episode of the Joyful DVM podcast in 2024, Dr. Cari Wise addresses the issue of client shaming by veterinary professionals on social media. She emphasizes that blaming clients for the stress of the veterinary profession is not productive. The habit of client shaming, particularly in relation to euthanasia, is discussed. Dr. Wise expres…
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In this episode, Dr. Wise shares the importance of prioritizing downtime in the veterinary profession. She explains that without regular downtime, individuals become stuck in a repetitive cycle, lacking the opportunity to create a different life experience. Downtime allows for the exploration of emotions and desires, which can lead to personal grow…
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In this episode Dr. Cari Wise discusses five important questions to ask oneself before the start of a new year. These questions are meant to help individuals create something bigger and more expansive for themselves in 2024 or as they begin any new journey. The first question is about recognizing and acknowledging the successes from the previous ye…
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In this episode Dr. Cari Wise discusses the challenges that veterinary professionals face when diagnostic testing comes back negative or normal. She shares a recent personal experience of feeling shame and self-judgment when expensive diagnostic testing came back normal , and explains that this is a common reaction among veterinarians when tests do…
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In this episode, Dr. Cari Wise explores the concept of avoidance culture and how humans have a tendency to try to control and avoid uncomfortable emotions. This behavior is rooted in our evolutionary past, where avoiding discomfort was necessary for survival. However, in the modern world, there are very few truly dangerous things that we need to av…
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In this episode, Dr. Cari Wise discusses the process of building confidence. She reflects on her own experience of starting at a new veterinary hospital and emphasizes the importance of giving oneself time and opportunity to become confident in new situations. Dr. Wise encourages listeners to challenge negative narratives and "what ifs" that hold t…
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In this episode, Dr. Cari Wise discusses the impact of age in veterinary medicine. She explores how age can affect the perspectives and assumptions of both clients and veterinary professionals. Older clients may be assumed to have limited financial means or knowledge about veterinary care, while younger clients may be judged as irresponsible or unk…
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In this episode Dr. Wise emphasizes the importance of recognizing that every person involved in veterinary medicine, whether they are professionals or clients, has their own personal lives and experiences that can impact their interactions. She explains that it is easy to become offended or frustrated by the choices and behaviors of others, but it …
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In this episode Dr. Cari Wise explores the impact of our thoughts and words on our lives and careers, explaining that what we focus on, we create more of energetically. By shifting our mindset to one of abundance, we can attract more financial opportunities and success. This principle applies to other areas of our lives as well, such as weight loss…
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In this episode, Dr. Cari Wise talks about the importance of compassion in the veterinary experience, both for veterinary professionals and clients. She believes that by understanding each client's situation and allowing them to make decisions about their pet's care, veterinarians can create a judgment-free zone that fosters trust and improves the …
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Time for a gut check… Do you have the life you want? Are you totally satisfied with your life and career? If not… why not? List the reasons. Then, notice what you blamed… We are taught to believe our external circumstances create satisfaction… That it’s cause and effect…. Ideal circumstances cause the experience of satisfaction, peace, joy, etc (ef…
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What's standing in the way of you having the kind of life and vetmed career experience you want? If you're like most of us, you probably just made a list of external variables... things like work environment, schedule, finances, other people, clients, the job itself... And, if you're like most humans on the planet, you've probably been working real…
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Someone wants the job you have. They want those 3 letters behind their name. DVM, VMD, RVT, LVT, CVT, CPM... They hold close the dream of becoming exactly the veterinary professional you already are. Their vision of life working in VetMed brings them joy. They can't wait to get there... to help people... to help animals. Do you remember what that w…
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Trigger Warning... this week on the podcast I tackled some very sensitive topics. There are some hard truths in veterinary medicine about what we are doing as veterinary professionals that keeps us creating terrible experiences for ourselves. When those terrible experiences compound, terrible things often happen. I'm talking about end points like r…
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I'm wondering... what's the story you tell about your life as a veterinary professional? What I mean is, what are the first things that come to mind when you think about the work day ahead, or life in general as part of the veterinary profession? It may seem like a strange question, but the answer is life-altering... literally! See, we all live our…
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Do you want to experience job satisfaction, wellbeing and a sustainable work load? No matter what role you hold in Vet Med, it's very difficult for you to create that type of experience all on your own. Veterinary Medicine has changed drastically over the last 50 years. Our knowledge base has expanded. The types of services we can provide has grown…
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Our world is a whirlwind of busyness. In VetMed we race from appointment to appointment for hours each day. Other aspects of our lives often get pushed off as we run low on time and energy. This cycle continues as time continues to pass. From time to time we become aware of what we haven't accomplished, yet. Our goals and dreams seem so far away. A…
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The scope of veterinary practice is continuously expanding. We are always learning more about animals, their physiology, and their medical conditions. We are regularly developing new treatment modalities and skills. The days of a veterinarian being all things to all patients and treating all ailments are long gone. Embracing this reality, however, …
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When a client says, "I read online that..." many of us cringe. Dread and frustration often bubble up. We become defensive and impatient. But why? Today more than any time in history, information is easily available. Unfortunately, misinformation is easily available, too. However, it's not our job to police the internet. Our job is to help the clien…
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Internal conflict in veterinary hospitals is a very common occurrence. In addition to being super-uncomfortable to witness, it also has a very real and negative impact on client service and patient care. Everyone who is aware of the conflict plays a part in its perpetuation if they don't speak up. When we ignore the conflicts, or avoid them all tog…
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Money... It's an inevitable component of the practice of veterinary medicine, and a potential source of anxiety for everyone involved. As veterinary professionals, many of us get a little nervous talking about prices and going over estimates with our clients. We brace ourselves for the "you're only in it for the money" statement we've heard so many…
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When it comes down to it, creating balance in your life is simply math. We all have the same number of hours in a week... so how do some people seem to get more done with the time they have? How do they have time for hobbies, travel, self-care, families, relationships... It's all about focus. Two types of INTENTIONAL focus play key roles in creatin…
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Who are you fighting against? Where is the need to be "right" popping up in your world? In what ways do you sit in judgment over others' choices and actions? When we stop to consider these questions, many of us can find a list of examples of this type of behavior in our own lives. It's become an accepted way of being... a survival mechanism many of…
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"I just don't have time." When was the last time you said that? How often do you use it to justify a decision? Are you blaming it for the condition of your wellbeing? Many of us are, and we don't even realize it. A culture of busyness is common in the world. It keeps us in frenzied action. It has us believing that doing more, and being faster are b…
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Most of us don't enjoy being around negative people... ... but we don't recognize we're one of them ourselves. We want to embrace a positive perspective... ... and then we argue against its existence. We want the future to be better than what we are experiencing right now... ... but we resist the very simple things that will make it so. The cultura…
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When we are unhappy or discontent in veterinary medicine, or any area of our lives, we begin searching for the cause. We then draw conclusions about our circumstances and determine the way to be happier is to get away from the "bad" circumstances we've identified. In VetMed these "bad" circumstances are typically jobs, fellow veterinary professiona…
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Hopping from job to job is a common coping mechanism in Vet Med. When we hit the breaking point of discomfort in our current jobs, we start looking for a new position. We justify it with a list of all things that are "bad" or "wrong" in our current job, and set out to find an alternative. When we find it, we feel excited, relieved, and even validat…
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Did you know that reacting and responding are actually two different things? Not only that, our emotional experience of any situation depends on which path we choose. When we react, we engage without deliberate choice. In doing so, it is easy to believe we are at the mercy of our circumstances and what is happening around us. When we respond, we en…
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Corporate veterinary practice is a common villain of choice for veterinary professionals... especially those who have had a bad experience working for a corporation. The commiseration around bad corporate experiences is wide-spread, often showing up as attacks on the organizations themselves, and the veterinary professionals who elect to work there…
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In Veterinary Medicine, our client interactions often end up in "us against them"... especially when the interaction is emotionally charged or perceived as negative or aggressive. Given the state of our world these days, it's not surprising. We are seeing this type of fear-based division everywhere. In our heightened states of emotional reaction, t…
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"It's not about you." That phrase rings true and is very helpful to remember when we are interacting with people or experiencing circumstances that are uncomfortable. It's a short reminder we can offer ourselves and others to fast-track calm and peace. However, what isn't talked about is the other side of the foundational concept. In this episode, …
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When you take a bunch of smart people, enroll them in a professional program, and then tell them that their chosen career puts them at an increased risk for suicide... they believe you. It's a dangerous perspective to share, it offers no solutions, and it's not actually true. In this episode I share why the way we talk about historical data points …
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The decisions we make exclusively from our emotional experience often do not create the results we ultimately want. We make decisions this way because we want to feel better. And when we make these decisions rashly. It’s simply evidenced that we want to feel better immediately. It works… for a while. When we change our circumstances we automaticall…
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Thinking about quitting Vet Med? You aren’t alone. Thoughts of leaving this sh*twshow behind are pretty common for a lot of us. Ya, Really! But, why? Here’s where it gets interesting… Why are you thinking about leaving your job? Why are you thinking about ditching the profession altogether? My guess: the VMVs… Blame directed at the Vet Med Villains…
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The veterinary environment can be rough. Mentally. Physically. Emotionally. We often blame the clients, and their behavior, for our experience. But, it doesn’t start there. It starts closer to home. Many of us experience work environments where gossiping and back-stabbing are the norm… … where “us against them” is common… … where nobody seems happy…
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How’s your mood? Think back over the last several days, weeks, or even months… How have you been feeling? These may seem like random questions, but the answers explain Everything about the progress you’ve been making (or not making) toward creating the life you want. Your mood is a direct reflection of your Net Emotional State. So, if you’re spendi…
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How are you choosing your clients? Are you intentionally cultivating the clientele you serve? Or, are you just accepting every potential client who seeks your services? Did you even realize you had a choice? You Do! What about your compensation… Are you paying yourself adequately as a practice owner? Do you understand how you can increase your comp…
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