A VeterinaryCareers.com.au interview of Kay Irvine, Vet Coach

If we were to promote her on a billboard it would read: Beloved Daughter, Cool Grandmother, Bomb Squad Disposal Operator, Strategy Queen, Cancer Warrior, Horse Girl, Veterinary Development Coach, and much more.

Kay & her beloved dad when she was a toddler

Our beautiful friend, Kay Irvine was born in Oxford in the United Kingdom, she has over 20 years’ experience in business coaching, marketing and promotion. And although her life has been a multi-faceted journey of adventure and success, it has not been without trauma, hardship and life lessons – lessons which Kay has been gracious enough to share with us.

Kay’s transition into the veterinary industry was a calling to help animals. She has done this through practice development and leadership coaching – equipping local veterinarians throughout the United Kingdom to simplify and systemise their practices. 

The inspiration of her veterinary coaching business has always been, ‘To help vets, is to help animals, but on a much larger scale.’ And although this still remains the driving force behind her love of veterinary coaching; Kay’s story is entwinned with the golden message of, ‘Knowing Your Value’ a message that in the veterinary industry can sometimes fade into the background.

DAY 16 of the stem cell transplant

Since being diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma (terminal blood cancer) in February 2016, Kay has endured over three years of chemotherapy which included a stem cell transplant, countless bouts of Sepsis and horrific side effects. 

Although the cancer shot from 5% to 98% in just four months in late 2018, she has survived and done it with angelic grace and the strength and courage of a warrior. 

The Native American Warrior photoshoot that Kay had, after the stem cell transplant to celebrate getting through it and being alive!

Kay told us as she reflected on one of the biggest turning points of her life. “I was going through chemotherapy, but I still worked full time, because I found my identity through my work. Outside of my job, I didn’t even know who I was. I was more devoted to my job than I was to looking after myself – and it nearly killed me.”

She now wants to share with the world her powerful revelation of knowing your value and the importance of living a life that is balanced and paced.

Gorgeous Kay, it is a pleasure to talk with you today…

Introduction Author: Tanya Middleton, Veterinary Careers Team

A VeterinaryCareers.com.au interview of Dr Júlia Pásztor

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Dr Júlia Pásztor was born in an Austrian UN refugee camp, her Hungarian parents barely escaping a crumbling society which, in the late 1980s, was in desperate need of political liberalization.

“My parents didn’t have things like bank accounts, they had to stand in line to get bread and soap. It was impossible for them to stay in the country. They were so young, but they had to leave.” Júlia told me as she shared her parents’ heroic story.

Following their acceptance into the USA, Júlia and her family have had to overcome the battle of racism and immigrant-hatred on the soil that they now call home. The soil of which, in 2015, Júlia P࣭ásztor graduated from Washington State University as a Veterinarian – yes, the girl who was born in a refugee camp, the Cinderella Vet, as we like to call her, graduated as Dr Júlia Pásztor. But more than that, it was on this soil that Júlia’s family founded a non-for-profit organisation known as, Farmer Frog. Farmer Frog is an initiative which supports low socioeconomic families, both practically and emotionally throughout the state of Washington.

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Coming from a family of such strong and humble people, it’s really no wonder that Dr Júlia, who is now a government veterinarian in New Zealand, working as a Systems Auditor for the Ministry for Primary Industries, radiates such grace, love and empathy for both animals and humanity.

But there is so much more to her story.

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Dr Júlia Pásztor is warrior who leads the charge in the battle of mental health preservation for veterinary professionals; someone who can speak with authority because she knows full-well the havoc that mental illness can cause. She is a Climate Change soldier, someone who loves to keep fit, and mostly, someone who understands the financial sacrifice of following your dream – even when the government changes the rules.

Dr Júlia Pásztor, thanks for talking with me today…

Introduction Author: Tanya Middleton, Veterinary Careers Team

Dr Caroline Murray – ‘The Wilderness Vet’ – An Inspirational Veterinary Career!

At Eagle Hunter family in remote Altai mountains, NW Mongolia. Eagles are used to hunt small prey in the winter.

“I have done lots of volunteer work, as I believe that it is our duty as humans, and veterinarians, to help those less fortunate than us.” Dr Caroline Murray told me, as she shared her story; a story of bravery, determination, adventure and thanksgiving.

Originally from the United Kingdom, Caroline graduated in Liverpool in 1997. She braved the dismally bad weather for a few years following graduation, working in small and mixed animal clinics throughout the UK; however, her gypsy heart yearned for more. Her eyes were set on the stunning shores of New Zealand. Caroline’s original plan was a working holiday but little did she know that life had a different direction for her. She spent 11 years working throughout the north and south islands of New Zealand, and also graduated from Murdoch University with a Masters in Wildlife and Conservation – a cause that is very close to the nomadic vet’s heart.

In 2014 tragedy struck when Caroline’s already unwell father became terminally ill and she chose to return to her homeland to care for her dad. Sadly, four years later, her dad passed away, and with his passing began a roller-coaster of grief that encapsulated, not only the grief of losing a parent, but also the loss of several close friends to suicide, as well.

Neutering stray cats and dogs that get dumped at pagodas and looked after by the monks – Siem Riep, Cambodia

However, there is courage in the strength of someone who has chosen to fight, and with the help of Vetlife and ARC, she overcame several hurdles in her life.

Caroline now prioritises work-life balance and mental health preservation, both of herself and her colleagues and friends.  She enjoys running, dancing and most admirably, she loves to give back to disadvantaged and disaster-stricken communities during her worldwide travels.  Recent volunteer work has included involvement in search and rescue following the 2011 Christchurch earthquake, and an independently organised stray animal desexing trip to Cambodia.  But now her sights are set on the North Pole, yes, you read that right, the North Pole! In June 2019 Caroline will be running BOTH the Tromso Midnight Sun Half Marathon and the Mourne Mountain Half Marathon in Ireland, to raise money for ARC and Vetlife respectively, and also to honour her Norwegian and Irish friends who have tragically lost their lives to suicide.

If you would like to sponsor Caroline in her very worthwhile and heartfelt cause, please see the following  links on Justgiving.com – TheWildernessVet and the TheWildernessVet2.

At Iditarod sled dog race in Alaskan wilderness. Looking after a couple of injured dogs at one of the checkpoints.

By donating to these causes you will be helping these much-needed organisations to continue helping many others through what can literally be a matter of life or death.

But now, let’s talk to the woman whose strength in overcoming adversity and desire to give back is something to truly be admired.

Dr Caroline Murray, thank you for talking with me today…

Lancefield Equine Clinic – Dedicated Equine Veterinarians Take Note!, Lancefield Victoria, Australia

Please note this positions has now been filled.

The Opportunity:

Lancefield Equine Clinic is a boutique 100% Equine Clinic, with purpose-built hospital facilities and a small team dedicated to enjoying work while being committed to providing the highest standard in equine veterinary care and outstanding customer service. We are a practice that specialises in building long-term client relationships.

This role is ambulatory based, and we also have a purpose built fully equipped hospital, with digital x-ray, ultrasound, blood work machine and endoscopy to support you in the ambulatory work. On offer is also the ability to be involved with the in-house equine reproduction services, this work during the season includes thoroughbreds and sport horses, chilled and frozen AI, semen collection and neonatal medicine.

After hours practice on call is quiet and is shared equally, leaving plenty of time to enjoy a work life balance that we believe to be important. After hours work is shared equally between veterinarians, usually a 1:3 rota. We work as a team to make sure that our staff get weekends off and create a roster ahead of time that works for all team members.

Equine practitioners who are team players, largely self-sufficient and who are interested in settling into a growing business and beautiful area for the long term are encouraged to apply.

The Location:

The clinic is based in the gorgeous Macedon Ranges Shire, which is less than 70 kilometres from Melbourne, in Victoria.  The area is rich in horticulture, vineyards, hobby farms and horse sports. Enjoy life in picturesque surrounds, working in an equine paradise with clientele consisting of performance horses from a diverse range of equestrian sport, from racing, show jumping, dressage, eventing, reining, camp drafting to pleasure and trail. If you are a horse enthusiast yourself, this area is perfect to live and keep horses with an array of acreages, agistment properties and riding trails locally so you can continue to follow your equestrian pursuits.

For accommodation, there are rental properties to choose from – rent is from $195/week for a unit, around $330/week for a 3 bedroom home and if you want some space currently there is an acreage listed for 3 bedroom home on acreage that is $550/wk  which is also very convenient to the clinic! To get you started, we can also offer short term accommodation.

Lancefield is a small town and enjoys country-Australian hospitality and the benefit of getting to know the locals. Many leisure time opportunities exist including wineries, cafés, restaurants, farmers markets, sporting facilities, as well as several well regarded private and public schools. For the sporty there are local competitions in netball, football, cricket, golf, every equestrian you can think of, volley ball etc

The location is excellent in that you can attend the many veterinary continuing professional development (CPD) events on offer at Oaklands – only a 30-minute drive to keep current and catch up with colleagues. Plus it is only 50 minutes to Melbourne to get your fill of shopping and with easy access to the airport you can spend your weekends away as you choose to!

Who are you?

You are a team player who provides excellence in service and care to equine clients. You are a good communicator who asks for assistance when required and who can discuss difficult cases openly. You have confidence, enthusiasm and a sense of humour.  You are looking for a practice where you can settle in and enjoy life as a veterinarian for the long term. You are open to investing in the role and seeing it likewise invest in you. There is the opportunity for business partnership.

What is on Offer?

An attractive package commensurate with experience including a practice car, phone, assistance with accommodation, 4 weeks accrued annual leave (+ 1-week paid study leave) will be offered.  We look very much forward to hearing from you so don’t hesitate to contact us and learn more about this fantastic opportunity.

Apply via Veterinarycareers.com.au

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A VeterinaryCareers.com.au interview of Dr Kimberley Khodakhah, New York City & Vetopia Inc.

Dr Khodakhah is an accomplished small animal veterinarian based in New York City and the surrounding suburbs – where she has been based for 17 years. Kimberley has practiced in several states across the US in several leadership positions including Associate Veterinarian, Medical director and Hospital Director. She has always had a passion for collaborating with and mentoring veterinary technicians/nurses as well as veterinary associates.

As a Certified Professional Coach she combines her love for animals and her desire to support the veterinary community. Dr Khodakhah founded Vetopia Inc. with this mission in mind and provides several Mentoring and Career Transformation Programs for members of the veterinary field. A particularly strong focus of hers is providing tools and strategies to new Veterinary Graduates to not only survive but thrive their first years following graduation. The ultimate aim of her coaching is to help veterinary colleagues create a happy, successful, sustainable career. Dr Khodakhah continues to practice medicine part time as well as volunteers with the Wolf Conservation Society and the SPCA in Fiji.

We hope that you enjoy the interview!

Emma & The Veterinary Careers Team