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.


NextPod is joined by Angela Ardolino, expert on pet CBD remedies and founder of CBD Dog Health to talk all about the use of cannabidiol in vet med

Featuring Angela Ardolino

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Angela Ardolino is the founder of Miami Children’s Theater and Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine. She has a background in broadcast journalism and appeared on television and radio shows, including nationally syndicated Daytime. Despite her healthy lifestyle and busy schedule, in 2013 Angela was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. Determined to find alternatives to the toxic medications she was offered, she turned to CBD. Once she identified a pure source for CBD in California, her life changed forever. In 2016, Angela earned a professional certification in Medical Cannabis biology and the therapeutic uses from the University of Vermont College of Medicine. That year, she hosted Canna Conference to educate doctors, veterinarians and patients about the positive effects of medical cannabis and how cannabis reacts in the endocannabinoid system. In June 2018, Angela launched CBD Dog Health and its line of full spectrum hemp extract CBD for dog products. The passage of the Farm Bill that same year legalized hemp-growing in all 50 states, ensuring that these products will be available to the people and animals who need them most. In 2019, Angela partnered with Cannabis Radio to launch her pet-centric podcast, It’s a Dog’s Life. Airing every Monday, It’s a Dog’s Life features interviews with the nation’s top veterinarians and pet experts.


This episode goes into everything new and aspiring vet students need to know about school with three of our #NextSquad members Juan Sebastian Orjuela, Lindsey Whitlock, and Marie Bucko

Featuring Juan Sebastian Orjuela, Lindsey Whitlock, Marie Bucko

Juan Sebastian Orjuela is a third-year veterinary student at the Ontario Veterinary College in Canada. He is the co-founder of the Latinx Veterinary Medical Association, the first association of its kind to represent Latinx veterinary professionals in North America. He was born in Bogota, Colombia and moved to St. Paul, Minnesota when he was 10 years old. He obtained a Bachelors Degree in biology and conservation environmental sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Juan, aka "@juancho.the.student.vet", has created social media platforms on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube that focus on diversity, health and wellness, and entrepreneurship in veterinary medicine. Juan has a passion for small animal medicine and is interested in rehabilitation, ophthalmology, and surgery. One day he hopes to become a multi-practice owner that celebrates diversity and inclusion in the veterinary profession.

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Lindsey Whitlock is a graduate of Michigan State University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Zoology in 2017. Currently, she studies veterinary medicine at Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine. She decided she wanted to pursue veterinary medicine at the young age of 8 years old. Lindsey\'s interests are in small animal general practice and she hopes to own a hospital(s) someday. During her off time, she loves to spend time with her loved ones, exercise, explore nature, photography, and discovering new recipes to make. To continue to follow her journey, connect with her through her social media platforms.

INSTAGRAM @marie_bucko

Marie Bucko currently serves as the President of the Student American Veterinary Medical Association and a fourth-year veterinary student at the University of Wisconsin. Before veterinary school, Marie served the US Food and Drug Administration's Foods and Veterinary Medicine (FVM) Program as a Science Policy Analyst, in Washington DC. She was the point person for the agency's Center for Veterinary Medicine helping to prepare and staff agency leadership for Congressional briefings, leading FVM's Congressional Appropriation's response efforts, coordinating industry meetings, & leading the National Antibiotic Resistance Monitoring System communications across USDA, CDC, and FDA. During this time she received her Master's of Science in Food Safety from Michigan State's College of Veterinary Medicine.
Marie, her husband Justin, Penelope (dog), and Hugo (cat) reside in Madison, Wisconsin, frequenting all the custard shops in town. Upon graduation, she plans to continue her passion of working for animal agriculture through practice ownership and policy development.


Take a listen to this month’s episode, which touches on vaccines and immunization with #NextBoard member Dr. Brennen McKenzie, a doctor who specializes in evidence-based medicine

Featuring Brennen McKenzie, MA, MSc, VMD


Dr. McKenzie has worked in small animal general practice since graduating from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. He also teaches senior veterinary students in his practice, writes a monthly column for Veterinary Practice News, manages the SkeptVet Blog and social media outlets, has served as president of the Evidencebased Veterinary Medicine Association, and has recently released a book: Placebos for Pets? The Truth about Alternative Medicine for Animals. In his sparse free time, he enjoys playing mandolin, reading, hiking, and watching the hummingbirds and woodpeckers outside his living-room window.


This month’s episode looks at social media, digital marketing, and telemedicine within the veterinary industry with Danielle Lambert, a former veterinary practice manager and founder of SnoutSchool.com 

Featuring Danielle Lambert


Danielle is a former veterinary practice manager turned total veterinary marketing mogul. In 2012, she founded SnoutSchool.com to give bold veterinary businesses & brands the tools they need to succeed in an increasingly noisy landscape. Over 20,000 veterinary professionals across the world have accessed her guides, courses, and webinars. As a female entrepreneur, Danielle is especially passionate about supporting and empowering women in veterinary medicine. Through Snout School's #SnoutSquad initiative, she works to bring vet med the "girl boss" energy it needs to push into the future.


Listen to this BONUS EPISODE of NextPod all about how to give back in vet med today with executive director of the Banfield Foundation, Kim Van Syoc 

Featuring Kim Van Syoc

Kim Van Syoc is executive director of the Banfield Foundation, the charitable arm of Banfield Pet Hospital, the largest general veterinary practice in the world. Under Kim’s leadership, since its launch in 2015, the Banfield Foundation has awarded nearly $10 million in grants and improved the health, safety and wellbeing of more than 4 million pets in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and Guam. Kim also helped launch, and currently serves as president of, the Better Together Fund, a separate public charity which empowers Banfield and BluePearl associates to support one another with critical financial assistance in the event of natural or manmade disasters. Kim joined Banfield Pet Hospital in 2009 after spending more than 12 years working in public relations. Prior to her role at the Banfield Foundation, Kim served as Banfield’s director of external communications, overseeing public relations, crisis communications, stakeholder engagement and Corporate Social Responsibility. She has also been instrumental in elevating the importance of pets when it comes to disaster relief and preparation, spearheading efforts with Banfield Pet Hospital and the Banfield Foundation to raise awareness and provide direct financial assistance to impacted communities and pets. Kim serves on the Board of Trustees for the Oregon Zoo Foundation. She lives in Lake Oswego, Oregon with her family which includes her two dogs—Lulu and Pippa.


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