Tune in to NextPod’s June episode that discusses the impact and importance of the LGBTQ+ community within the veterinary industry featuring Dr. Dane Whitaker
Featuring Dane Whitaker, DVM, MPVM
Dr. Dane Whitaker has been practicing veterinary medicine in the San Francisco area for over 25 years. He completed his Masters in Preventive Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis in 2017, and is currently providing veterinary relief services for the marine Mammal Center in Sausalito CA. Although a Bay Area native, he grew up in Florida and graduated from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 1994. After graduation, he completed a small animal medicine and surgery internship at the Santa Cruz Veterinary Hospital. His veterinary interests include small animal medicine, clinical pathology, marine mammal medicine and One Health. Dr. Whitaker is the president of the Pride Veterinary Medical Community and takes an active role in promoting the ideas of inclusion and acceptance for all members of the community in the veterinary profession.
Listen to NextPod’s May episode that touches on sustainability and the environment in veterinary medicine today with Dr. Stephanie Stubbe
Featuring Steph Stubbe, BAppSc (Hons.), DVM
Dr Steph Stubbe is an RSPCA veterinarian and founder of AniPal, a social enterprise dedicated to helping the veterinary and animal communities transition to more sustainable practices, lowering their environmental footprint. Growing in rural Australia, Steph moved to Melbourne to study Science and The Doctor of Veterinary Medicine whilst working at an AgTech Accelerator. This fuelled her curiosity and led her to develop Business Association of Veterinary Students (BAVS) at Melbourne University, a group dedicated to fostering veterinary business understanding. Whilst working as a graduate at RSPCA, she created Anipal, which cleans the ocean and planet one dog and doctor at a time. Steph has spoken at numerous veterinary conferences and the United Nations on this topic and is dedicated to helping the veterinary and agricultural industries become more sustainable.
This month’s NextPod is all about mental health, wellness, and support within the veterinary industry, particularly through COVID-19 with Dr. Marie Holowaychuk
Featuring Marie Holowaychuk
Dr. Marie Holowaychuk is a board-certified specialist in small animal emergency and critical care and a passionate advocate for wellbeing in the veterinary profession. She lives in Calgary and travels worldwide as a speaker and locum. Dr. Holowaychuk has a diversity of experiences in veterinary medicine including time spent in general, specialty, and academic practice. One thing she feels is consistent no matter the veterinary setting is that all members of the profession are susceptible to experiencing moral stress, compassion fatigue, and burnout. As such, she facilitates wellness workshops and retreats and online wellbeing programs for veterinary care providers that include lectures, yoga, meditation practices, and one-on-one coaching. Dr. Holowaychuk is a certified yoga and meditation teacher and has completed a mindfulness-based stress reduction course for professionals. She also has Compassion Fatigue Training from the University of Tennessee School of Social Work, Mental Health First Aid Training from the Mental Health Commission of Canada, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training from the Centre for Suicide Prevention, and a Life Coaching certificate. Her favorite self-care activities include strength training, practicing yoga, rollerblading, watching movies, and hiking in the Rocky Mountains.
NextPod will touch on equality among veterinary professionals, particularly in leadership with Dr. Bridget Heilsberg of the WVLDI
Featuring Bridget Heilsberg, DVM
Dr. Bridget Heilsberg is the past-president of Women’s Veterinary Leadership Development Initiative. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science, with a focus on reproduction and genetics, at Cornell University in January 2003. Shortly after, she enlisted in the United States Naval Reserve and moved to California. In 2006, Bridget was activated with the Navy in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Dr. Heilsberg moved to Phoenix, Arizona upon returning home, and worked as a veterinary technician at Animal Medical and Surgical Center of Scottsdale as well as teaching at Kaplan College in the Veterinary Technician and Respiratory Technician programs. She moved to Fort Collins, Colorado in 2009 for veterinary school and is incredibly proud of her time spent as a Colorado State University Ram. After graduation, she completed an internship at JEH Equine Reproduction Services and Hospital, and was welcomed on as an associate once the internship concluded. In May 2016, Dr. Bridget left JEH Equine to start her own ambulatory practice in the North Texas and Texoma area. She continues her focus on overall wellness, therapeutic nutrition, and preventive sports medicine. She is incredibly grateful for the support of the community, and hopes to continue to give back to the local area by hosting client education seminars and continuing her work with NCTC’s Equine Program.
NextPod is celebrating Black History Month by discussing diversity within the vet industry with Dr. Lisa Greenhill of the AAVMC
Featuring Lisa Greenhill
Dr. Lisa M. Greenhill originally joined the AAVMC in 1996 and has worked for the association on three separate occasions. Most recently, she joined the AAVMC in 2004 as the Associate Executive Director for Institutional Research and Diversity before becoming Senior Director for Institutional Research and Diversity. Her work primarily focuses on the ongoing development and implementation of the DiVersity Matters initiative at the national and local levels as well as promoting the veterinary medical profession within communities of color. Lisa also directs the association’s national research agenda. She collects and analyzes data and produces reports related to academic veterinary medicine to include the applicant pool, enrollment, institutional economic impact and diversity. Lisa is the mother of teenage daughter and the owner of a fun-loving puppy. She also currently runs a blog and podcast about adoption in communities of color.
This month’s NextPod touches on the importance of mentorship and finding the right person within the veterinary industry with mentor, Dr. Tannetje’ Crocker
Featuring Tannetje' Crocker, DVM
Dr. Tannetje' Crocker is a 2009 graduate from the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine. Growing up Dr. Crocker was always passionate about horses and was inspired to become a veterinarian. Since graduation she has worked as an equine ambulatory vet, small animal general practitioner, and emergency veterinarian. She currently practices in Grapevine, Texas at Northwest Animal Hospital and the Animal Emergency Hospital of North Texas. She is passionate about mentorship and empowering both veterinary students and young veterinarians to embrace the profession and find joy and success. In her free time, Dr. Crocker can be found spending time with her family and friends riding horses and enjoying the outdoors. Follow her veterinary journey on social media.