Cornell veterinary student Chloe Pham and experienced technician and #NextBoard member Valarie Adams ask expert Dr. Alice Villalobos questions about how young professionals can approach ethics in practice

Featuring Chloe Pham, Valarie Adams and Alice Villalobos


Chloe Pham is a second-year veterinary student at Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine and a DVM candidate of the Class of 2024. Before going to Cornell, Chloe obtained a BA in Religious Studies and a BA in Cognitive Science from the University of Virginia in 2016. Her post-baccalaureate education was done at Hunter College. Chloe has a strong interest in pursuing small animal medicine and incorporating animal and veterinary ethics into her future practice.

Valarie Adams is a CVT with over 40 years working in veterinary medicine. Graduating from the Medical Institute of Minnesota in 1973 puts her in the “aged but still useful” class. Her background in veterinary medicine has taken her from working large and small animal, ECC, and delivering in home veterinary hospice and palliative care. Valarie has lectured and written on death and dying and the human animal bond. She believes the future of veterinary medicine should include compassionate mentoring programs. She fills her soul with her horses, volunteering veterinary care on a Native American reservation, and gathering with groups of wise women.

Dr. Alice Villalobos is 2005-06 President of the American Association of Human Animal Bond Veterinarians (AAHABV). She is a well known pioneer in the field of cancer care for companion animals and a founding member of the Veterinary Cancer Society. A 1972 graduate of UC Davis, she completed Dr. Gordon Theilen’s first mock residency program in oncology and has served the profession by consulting, writing and lecturing in the rapidly growing field of veterinary oncology and end of life care. She was awarded the UC Davis Alumni Achievement Award in 1994, and the Leo Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year Award in 1999. She is Editor-in-Chief of the AAHABV Newsletter, Secretary of the Animal Health Foundation of the SCVMA and Founder of the Peter Zippi Memorial Fund for Animals, with over 10,000 rescued and placed pets. Dr. Villalobos is serving as President of the Society for Veterinary Medical Ethics (SVME) for 2010-2011. She will raise discussions about the ethical obligation that veterinarians have to communicate compassionately yet frankly with clients regarding options for pets with cancer and other terminal diseases.


#NextBoard member and expert in animal infectious diseases Dr. Jen Chatfield speaks with us for this month’s episode

Featuring Jenifer Chatfield, DVM, DACZM, DACVPM

Dr. Jenifer Chatfield is the board-certified Staff Veterinarian at 4J Conservation Center. She is a diplomate of both the American College of Zoological Medicine (ACZM) and the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine (ACVPM). Dr. Chatfield is a national thought-leader in infectious disease and conservation medicine. She’s been a practice owner, a relief vet, worked in public health, serves as a member of the National Veterinary Response Team, and is a Medical Reserve Corps member. She serves on the advisory boards for DVM360, PetVet Magazine, and VPNextGen and as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine. Along with her twin brother, Dr. Jason Chatfield, she co-hosts the incredibly popular podcast, “Chats with the Chatfields.” Previously, the dynamic hosts were recognized for their show on PetLife Radio, “In other news…” when it became the #1 veterinary podcast and was the first veterinary show ever recognized by the People’s Choice Podcast Awards as a finalist in the Science and Medicine category. Dr. Jen and the entire Chatfield family were recently profiled by Pet Vet magazine.

Lifelong learning is a passion of hers and led Dr. Chatfield to create a YouTube channel dedicated to helping animal lovers provide better care through improved communication with veterinary professionals. Through her popular show, “Is this a thing? Veterinary translations for pet owners,” she teaches animal lovers all about preventive medicine, behavior challenges, infectious diseases, and more! Dr. Chatfield’s peer-reviewed publications range from pharmacokinetics to wild animal behavior to infectious disease and assisted reproduction in endangered species. She is an instructor for FEMA/DHS courses and was a Regional Leader for the National Disaster Medicine System Team for several years.

Dr. Chatfield developed the "Veterinary Support to Zoological Animals in a Disaster" for the National Veterinary Response Team’s (NVRT) training curriculum. She has chaired the Florida Veterinary Medical Association's (FVMA) One Health Committee and co-chaired FVMA's Disaster Response Committee. Dr. Chatfield has a particular interest in infectious diseases and biosecurity and her work for the Dept. of Homeland Security’s (DHS) courses has been focused on topics such as foreign animal diseases, quarantine and isolation, and malicious introduction of pathogens. Dr. Chatfield served on the curriculum redevelopment team for the nationally renowned DHS course, “Emergency Response to a Domestic Biological Incident.” Her extensive experience in public health includes developing a jurisdiction’s plan for response to bioterrorism in a large metropolitan area. She was an original founder of the Pasco Hernando Veterinary Medical Association (PHVMA) and served as its President since 2008. Dr. Chatfield completed a Congressional Fellowship working in the US House of Representatives from 2016-2018. Dr. Chatfield is one of the most popular speakers at the largest veterinary conferences and has been quoted in national magazines including Better Homes & Gardens. She was selected as a Future Leader by the AVMA and has been awarded 2 Gold Stars for contributions to veterinary medicine by the FVMA.

Dr. Chatfield loves French bulldogs, Himalayan cats, the dirtiest of vodka martinis and basking on Caribbean beaches.



Bond Vet’s Dr. Simone McLaughlin shares her experiences with leadership in the clinic and the importance of maintaining positive team culture

Featuring Simone McLaughlin

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Since the age of 7, Dr. McLaughlin knew she wanted to work in the vet space. She’s now a veterinarian and mom, to two adorable boys *and* a Rottweiler Collie mix. When she has time to herself, she enjoys yoga, swimming, and binge-watching some quality movies. On her Spotify playlist, you can find a mix of indie tunes, pop, classic rock, and some showtunes thrown in. Dr. McLaughlin has been working in general practice since graduating from the Royal Veterinary College in London UK in 2012. Over her career, she’s performed surgery, dentistry, and even cared for a few exotic animal cases. Dr. McLaughlin enjoys being in a field where she is constantly learning, whether it be personally or medically. She hopes to continue her growth with the Bond Vet family!


Featuring co-founders of Florida Veterinary Advisor and co-hosts of the Smarter Vet Podcast, Tom Seeko and CJ Burnett, this episode aims to help #NextSquad listeners gain tips for financial planning during their careers in vet med

Featuring Tom Seeko, CJ Burnett

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Tom Seeko graduated from the University of South Florida with a finance degree and is a fully licensed financial advisor with his Certified Exit Planning designation (CExP). Tom has worked with veterinarians since 2014 on all different financial matters including income protection, debt repayment, business planning, estate planning, taxation, etc. Tom is the co-founder of Florida Veterinary Advisors and the co-host of the Smarter Vet Podcast. He is an approved RACE provider since 2018. Tom is involved within several associations in the state of Florida, VetPartners, and the Veterinary Business Management Association. Tom has spoken at several national conferences including the Western Vet Conference, IVECCS and DVM 360.

CJ Burnett has been learning about the investment world from the young age of 16. He graduated with a finance degree from the University of South Florida and is a fully licensed financial advisor with his Certified Exit Planning designation (CExP). CJ has worked with veterinarians and business owners since 2014 on structuring a financial plan that gives them the most amount of control over the results that they are after. CJ is the co-founder of Florida Veterinary Advisors and the co-host of the Smarter Vet Podcast. He is involved within several associations in the state of Florida, VetPartners, and the Veterinary Business Management Association. CJ has spoken at several national conferences including the Western Vet Conference, IVECCS and DVM 360.


In this episode, we discuss leptospirosis with the senior professional services veterinarian for Merck Animal Health’s U.S. Companion Animal business, Dr. Taylor Tillery

Featuring Taylor Tillery, DVM

Dr. Taylor Tillery is a Sr. Professional Services Veterinarian for Merck Animal Health’s US Companion Animal business, where he provides technical information to veterinary health care teams. He has extensive knowledge of small animal medicine and has aided in certifi ed veterinarian technician and veterinary assistant training programs. Dr. Tillery’s vast experience extends beyond general practice in Texas: he has also worked in emergency room and critical care as well as provided surgical support for the local shelter that he continues to support on weekends. He actively participates in the Power of 10 leadership group with the TVMA to help maintain, improve, and lead the veterinary profession into the future.



We spoke to founder of Pets Help the Heart Heal, Inc. Dr. Stephanie Jones about the importance of the human-animal bond in veterinary medicine 

Featuring Stephanie Jones

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Dr. Stephanie Jones is co-owner of the Animal Hospital of Ft. Lauderdale. A native of Arkansas, she received her bachelor’s degree in animal science from Texas A&M in 1994 and her doctorate in veterinary medicine from the University of Florida in 1999. Dr. Jones moved to Ft. Lauderdale after graduation and joined the Animal Hospital of Ft. Lauderdale team in 2000. Known at that time for its reproduction services, Dr. Jones developed a special interest in reproductive medicine and soft tissue surgery. Her passion for surgery, innovative medicine, and optimal patient care allowed for the Animal Hospital of Fort Lauderdale to be one of few hospitals in South Florida to offer stem cell therapy. In addition to being a practice co-owner and veterinarian, Dr. Jones also serves as President on the executive board of the Broward County Veterinary Medical Association. In 2019, Dr. Jones became the CEO and Founder of Pets Help the Heart Heal, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the social, physical, and emotional health of youth through the human animal bond. The organization incorporates veterinary medicine, veterinary care, animal industry career exploration, and the human animal bond through events and activities provided to underserved and underprivileged youth. As part of this organization, Dr. Jones is a mentor to teens, conducts career day presentations to elementary schools, and oversees a shadow program at the hospital, which she created, for high school students interested in a veterinary career. She hopes that her love for animals and passion for her career sparks interest in animals and helps motivate today’s youth to reach for their dreams.


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