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

INSTAGRAM @docjpetvet_    FACEBOOK @petshelptheheartheal    WEBSITE

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.


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    YOUTUBE    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.


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