Animal Academy Podcast

Animal Academy Podcast


Latest Episodes

Life Lessons We Can Learn from Animals
April 08, 2021

Several years ago, Allison White went to a retreat center called The Equine Experience. There, she learned about and experienced the power and intelligence of horses. What she learned intrigued her, so she began reading more about horses and equine therap

Pet Loss and the Grief Process with Angie Arora
March 25, 2021

I had the pleasure of speaking with today’s guest, Angie Arora, and her colleague several months ago about the research done on the challenges of pet loss and bereavement. They shared so much information during that discussion that I asked Angie to return

Compassion Fatigue and Burnout in Veterinary Professionals
March 11, 2021

I was bothered when I heard about the high rate of depression and suicide among veterinary professionals. When speaking to others about that devastating fact, they have sometimes asked me why that happens because those people are working with animals. The

Scarlett's Story: The Inspiration for an Animal Rescue Program
February 25, 2021

While watching TV one morning, an interview caught my attention. The story was about a little girl called Scarlett, her family, and how their love for animals led to the development of a special program to rescue animals. Scarlett had cancer, and she spok

Coming Together as a Community for Animal Welfare with Emily Gelb
February 11, 2021

Today, I am happy to be speaking to Emily Gelb, who works at the Ashville Humane Society. Emily has helped expand community-based programs that aim to increase access to pet services in under-served communities. That includes helping people in crisis and

Animal Assisted Interventions in the Practice of Veterinary Social Work
January 28, 2021

Today, I am excited to speak with our guest, Jeannine Moga. Jeannine is a licensed clinical social worker with specialties in veterinary social work, stress reduction, pet loss, and bereavement. She is also a veterinary social worker, and she has been an

Animal-Assisted Interventions to Help People Heal with Bethanie Poe
December 10, 2020

Today, we continue our discussion with another professional in the field of Veterinary Social Work. Veterinary Social Work is a field that keeps on growing as more and more people recognize the important role that animals play in the healing process. Toda

Ending Compassion Fatigue & Strengthening Compassion Resilience with Kirsti Clarida & Angie Arora
November 26, 2020

Today, I am happy to have the privilege of talking to Angie Arora and Kirsti Clarida, two professionals who I got introduced to through the Veterinary Social Work Program. Angie is a registered social worker from Toronto, Canada. She gears much of her pra

Providing Emotional Support for Our Military Through the USO with Kelly Brownfield
November 13, 2020

Life often takes us places we never could have anticipated. Even military brat Kelly Brownfield can attest to this. Kelly grew up in Germany and returned to her home state, South Carolina, after graduation. Despite her constant moves, life surprised her w

Support Services for Veterinary Professionals & Pet Owners
October 22, 2020

I’ve had the privilege to have known many veterinary professionals, from veterinarians, veterinary nurses and veterinary technicians over the years who have provided quality care to my pets. These professionals have challenges that most people are u