This month we interviewed Elli Verrocchi a second-year veterinary student at The Royal Veterinary College in England, who is originally from Australia, about her online experience

Featuring Elli Verrocchi

INSTAGRAM @dogtor_elli    

Elli Verrocchi is a second-year veterinary student at The Royal Veterinary College in London, England. She is originally from Melbourne, Australia, where she completed her BSc in Zoology at Monash University (2018). She has worked and volunteered within the veterinary/animal-shelter sector for more than five years as a veterinary nurse/assistant. It is there she discovered she wanted to become a vet. Verrocchi has a passion for all things wildlife, ECC, and small animal/shelter medicine. She is keeping her options open for a variety of specialties upon graduating. Outside of studying, you will find her playing soccer (or football, depending where you are from) with her RVCWFC team, drawing a Disney cartoon for a friend, or travelling across the world to spend time with her family down-under.


Experienced specialist, Dr. Millie Rosales joined us to talk about what veterinary dermatology is all about

Featuring Millie Rosales, DVM, DACVD

INSTAGRAM @gotitchypet    TWITTER @miamivetderm    FACEBOOK @gotitchypet    WEBSITE

Dr. Millie Rosales graduated with a Bachelors of Biology and high honors from Florida International University. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000. Following graduation, she worked as a general practitioner in Miami for a non-profit small animal clinic. In 2003, Dr. Rosales returned to the University of Florida and completed a two year residency in the specialization of veterinary dermatology. Dr. Rosales is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology (ACVD), a distinction given only to practitioners who have achieved board certification in this specialty. She has also authored several articles and lectured at local and state veterinary associations. Dr. Rosales holds a primary interest in allergic and immune mediated skin conditions in dogs and cats; and chronic (recurrent) ear infections in dogs. A native Miamian, Dr. Rosales values her roots and is fluent in English and Spanish enabling her to serve the Spanish speaking clients of the South Florida area. Away from the office, Dr. Rosales enjoys running, spending time with her family and daughter, and doing art activities.


This show with Dr. Moriah McCauley (a 2020 grad) touches on the transition from being a vet student to working as a doctor

Featuring Moriah McCauley

INSTAGRAM @thatvetlifepodcast    FACEBOOK @ThatVetLifePodcast    WEBSITE

Dr. Moriah McCauley is a practicing small animal veterinarian and host of That Vet Life Podcast. As a 2020 graduate of Edinburgh’s Royal (dick) School of Veterinary Medicine Dr. McCauley began her career at the COVID-19 pandemic. While this presented learning curves and opportunities for growth that no one could have predicted, it also provided new direction for That Vet Life Podcast. Created during Dr. McCauley’s time studying in Scotland, That Vet Life Podcast focuses on the role of storytelling within veterinary medicine. Each episode takes its listeners around the world to hear from inspiring veterinarians as they faced exciting and challenging situations in their jobs and teaches veterinary students and veterinarians how to become confident and engaging storytellers. Recent guests have included Dr. Dave Nicol, Dr. Jessica Vogelsang, Dr. Tannetje Crocker and so many more.


Starting off 2021 with an episode on the ins and outs of practice ownership and management featuring Dr. Jeff Rothstein

Featuring Jeff Rothstein, MBA

Dr. Jeff Rothstein, MBA, is the Founder and Co-president of Mission Veterinary Partners (MVP). He bought his first veterinary practice within one year of graduating veterinary school and from that built it into a multi-hospital network, The Progressive Pet Animal Hospitals (PPAH) which he merged into MVP in 2017. Dr. Rothstein has been a long-time contributing author to a number of practice management journals. He has served on the Advisory Boards of Veterinary Economics and Veterinary Practice News. He currently is on the Board of Directors of Mission Veterinary Partners and the Professional Animal Wellness Group (PAW). He lives with his family (including 2 dogs and 4 cats), in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he has resided since graduating from Colorado State University, where he received a joint DVM/ MBA degree. On a personal note, he is a long-term avid runner who frequently competes in both running and triathlon events. In addition, he is a big Michigan Wolverines fan, making him unpopular with most of his local veterinary colleagues, who attended Michigan State’s veterinary college


NextPod ends the year off with an episode on what it’s like working as a veterinarian in the army with a holistic veterinarian who served her country in the Army Veterinary Corps, Dr. Turnera Croom

Featuring Turnera Croom

INSTAGRAM @drcroomarmyvet    LINKEDIN    FACEBOOK @DrCroomArmyVet    WEBSITE

Dr. Turnera Croom is a Holistic Veterinarian who served her country in the Army Veterinary Corps and retired as a Major. After working with the US Department of Agriculture, she decided to start her own company, Steadfast International LLC and opened Dr. Croom Mobile Veterinary Service, which allows her to provide professional, holistic veterinary care right inside people’s homes. From its inception, Steadfast International has been committed not only to excellent veterinary care, but to the education of youth about potential careers in vet med. In 2016, Dr. Croom created her unique Future Veterinarian Program, where young students who are interested in animals and their care, meet with her in various pet supply stores to learn directly from a veterinarian what it takes in this exciting field. She is also working on expanding her new Ride-Along Program, which allows high school students to join her on actual house call veterinary appointments to learn what it really takes to deal with patients and their sometimes nervous owners. In addition, Dr. Croom has created her own brand of CBD pet products that she markets to her veterinary clients in person and on her website. She also serves in various capacities for organizations such as: Buddy 2 Buddy Veteran Volunteer Program, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), and is a member of the Kalamazoo County Animal Services and Enforcement Advisory board.


This month’s episode is focused on the world of veterinary technicians with #NextBoard member and CVT with over 45 years experience, Valarie Adams

Featuring Valarie Adams, CVT

Valarie Adams is a CVT with over 45 years working in veterinary medicine. Her 1973 graduation from the Medical Institute of Minnesota puts her in the "aged-but-still-useful" category of alums. Valarie's career has included large and small animal general practice and 17 years in emergency/critical care. In May 2008, she created the Healing Heart Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit that supported programs honoring the spirit of the Human Animal Bond. Healing Heart Pet Hospice program delivered hospice and palliative care to pet families, as well as programs for grief support and financial support for hardship cases. Valarie has lectured nationally and internationally and written and co-written for textbooks and online publications. She fills her heart by volunteering veterinary care to the dogs on a Native American reservation and feeds her soul and tends her spirituality with her horses, nature and singing blues/blues rock. Her blog Confides In Animals has launched at confidesinanimals.com.


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