This week we delve into the remarkable journey of a former Army Ranger and sniper who transitioned from the precision of the battlefield to the compassion of animal care, ultimately becoming the CEO of a thriving veterinary practice.
Join us as we explore the leadership lessons, the challenges overcome, and the dedication to service that propelled our host from the front lines to the forefront of veterinary medicine.
We discuss the extraordinary military working dogs and their job to find and detect explosives and keep service members safe. We also talk about other challenges facing veterinarians in private practice, including the rise of corporate veterinary medicine and the struggles when pet owners don't have pet insurance.
In this episode we take a deep dive into the strategies, mindset, and vision that can inspire anyone to aim for success, no matter their starting point. Follow the story of resilience, transformation, and triumph in the world of veterinary health and business leadership with Dr. Sean McPeck.
We hope you enjoy this episode! Please leave your questions and comments below!
01:11 Intro: Dr. Sean McPeck, DVM, Army Ranger Sniper, Special Forces (75th Ranger Regiment)
01:45 Tier 1 Veterinary Medical Centre in Palmer Alaska
03:00 Dr. McPeck's Journey, military veterinarian
05:37 Military Dogs used for bomb explosive detection and detaining
11:11 return to Alaska, corporate vet med
14:07 When pet owners don't have pet insurance and aren't aware of cost
26:39 mergers and corporate chains buying private practices
32:40 Thank you Dr. Sean McPeck!
Dr. McPeck's Bio from Tier 1 Veterinary Medical Centre:
A Graduate of Colorado State College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Dr. Sean McPeck developed his leadership as a Sniper Team Leader and Veterinarian with the US Army Special Operations, 75th Ranger Regiment. Dr. McPeck has multiple combat deployments, totalling almost 2 years in combat theaters of operation.
He is the recipient of the Combat Action Badge, and is Ranger, Sniper, and Airborne qualified. While serving as an officer in Special Operations, Dr. McPeck was repeatedly recognized for his Honor, Integrity, Courage and Selfless Service in the name of the United States. He was recognized with not one, but two, Meritorious Service Medals.
Under his leadership, Dr. McPeck worked with Working Dog handlers, and canine units, to detain and seize enemy combatants. The canines that Dr. McPeck worked with are credited with savings thousands of United States soldiers deployed in combat areas.
Dr. McPeck authored The RCAP, Ranger Canine Athletic Program, which was the 1st comprehensive Military canine conditioning program.
His specific training and certification classes for Dog handlers to be proficient in Canine Tactical- Combat Casualty Care, and knowledge of current medical equipment and procedures, which led to the successful life saving interventions by handlers in real world operations.
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1) DON'T WAIT TOO LONG TO GET HELP! If you wait too long, it could be too late. This is especially true for concerns such as laboured breathing, pale gums and weakness. You know your pet best, so if you are worried or concerned, "when in doubt, check it out!"
2) PREVENT THE PREVENTABLE. Learn as much as possible about dangers that face your pet, such as household poisons, seemingly harmless objects (such as toys, clothing, garbage and rocks), other animals, and vehicles. Pets are like toddlers and they need a responsible adult/babysitter to protect them from danger. Puppies and kittens need to start their vaccines at 8 WEEKS (and they need boosters too!) to protect them from deadly diseases.
3) BE PREPARED FOR THE WORST CASE SCENARIO. Have a plan in place, know your nearest emergency clinic, have the ASPCA phone number on speed dial. Know basic first aid training and CPR. But MOST IMPORTANTLY, BE FINANCIALLY PREPARED. The cost of medical treatment in an emergency, and the owners' ability to pay for it, is probably the most important factor that determines whether a pet will receive the medical care it needs. The best way to protect yourself is to have good medical insurance for your pet. Do your research.
4) (bonus) When seeking a second opinion, ALWAYS GO UP! Get a referral to a board-certified specialist in that department (cardiology, surgery, dermatology, oncology, etc.). Remember that medical advice from people in pet owner facebook groups usually comes from people with no medical background and who do not hold a legal license to give medical advice. I could give countless examples of harmful and deadly advice that clients found on the internet and in pet owner facebook pages, as well as from friends and family. Get your second opinion from someone who is a specialist.
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