Shelter Medicine, Animal News, Product of the Week

May 27, 2020
Hosted by Dr. Mondrian Contreras, with guest hosts Dr. Elaine McCarthy, Dr. Robbie Unsell, and Certified Veterinary Technician Tim Hayes

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In this episode, host Dr. Mondrian Contreras joins his colleagues, Dr. Elaine McCarthy, Dr. Robbie Unsell, and Vet Tech Tim Hayes, to break down the top animal-related news, including wet market debate, bats and COVID, COVID sniffing dogs, and COVID effects on environment. Dr. Contreras interviews Shelter Medicine veterinarian Dr. Natalie Isaza. Dr. Isaza is a renowned expert in the field of Shelter Medicine. Shelter Medicine has gone through a huge evolution in terms of how shelters are able to care for pets, how much they focus on behavior, and the amount of research being done; these have all helped to increase the standard of care and have increased the frequency of pets getting adopted into families. Dr. Isaza discusses this and some of the changes to come in Shelter Medicine. Dr. Contreras will finish up the episode with the Product of the Week.

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Healthy Tails is an entertainment and educational radio program focused on teaching people all about pets, the various roles they play in our lives, and their impact around the world. This show focuses on teaching pet lovers about veterinary medicine by breaking down medical cases and diseases in the most simplistic form. This is done to help people recognize when something is wrong with their pet and to better understand treatment plans. Pet owners have fun learning with the engaging format and personalities. The show uses a fun and interactive approach to informing listeners about the most recent animal-related news, introducing interesting medical cases, discussing new pet products, and answering questions people have about their pets. Healthy Tails is broadcast every Wednesday at 6 AM Pacific Time on the VoiceAmerica Variety Channel.

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Dr. Mondrian Contreras, with guest hosts Dr. Elaine McCarthy, Dr. Robbie Unsell, and Certified Veterinary Technician Tim Hayes

Dr. Mondrian Contreras, with guest hosts Dr. Elaine McCarthy, Dr. Robbie Unsell, and Certified Veterinary Technician Tim Hayes

Dr. Mondrian Contreras graduated from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 2010. He completed his internship at VCA Aurora / Berwyn Animal Hospital in 2011, after which he accepted an associate veterinarian position at Carol Stream Animal Hospital and became practice owner in 2015. Dr. Contreras has a passion for teaching and is a member of Junior Achievement and the CVMA, and he regularly gives lectures about his profession across Illinois and writes articles covering a variety of animal health related topics for Batavia Living Magazine. He writes children’s books and has created a video series to teach people how to best take care of their pets. Dr. Contreras is an extremely involved member of his community and hosts an annual Charity Dog Show event which helps raise money for people undergoing various hardships by providing some financial assistance for their pets’ medical needs. Dr. Contreras is the founder of VetBros Pet Education Charitable Fund which helps people and their pets through education and financial assistance for medical care. Having been a collegiate athlete at the University of Illinois for four years (Football), Dr. Contreras is a very active alumni and loves taking his wife Bridget, and their four children, Matisse, Thomas, Khalil, and Aurelia to Fighting Illini sporting events whenever possible.

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Episode Directory

May 2020

  • 5/27/2020: Shelter Medicine, Animal News, Product of the Week Listen Now
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