I recorded this interview with Jazz in August 2019 just before starting maternity leave. At the time we discussed how a lot could happen in 7 months, but we couldn't have imagined the state the world would be in. Life as we know it has been turned on its head as we try to navigate the COVID-19 global pandemic.

In this episode Jazz and I discuss the 26th VNCA conference to be held in Melbourne this month. Like veterinary conferences the world over, it's now been postponed. Follow the VNCA FB page for news of alternative plans and future dates.

I talk a lot on the show about my previous life as a lawyer, but my first degree was in International Studies at RMIT's school of globalization. The whole premise of our degree, and my subsequent career in corporate social responsibility, was that we live in an age of globalization. So watching COVID-19 close national borders and halt global flows of trade and people has blown my mind. It leaves me with little doubt that it is now crucial to maintain the global flow of ideas, knowledge, and our support for one another. Stay connected during this time of isolation as we face unprecedented challenges in an industry that was already tackling challenges of its own. Take comfort in knowing that this experience will make us more resilient, flexible, and grateful. Carry on - we got this.

In this episode I caught up with VNCA President, Jazz. A quick caveat for this one - like all episodes over the past 6 months it was recorded in advance for my maternity leave. We recorded in August 2019, and I'm sorry I wasn't able to get her reflections for the full year. We did however cover the first 6 months, including the hugely successful launch and roll out of the AVNAT Scheme.

Aside from being President of the VNCA Jazz was recommended to me by multiple people as a perfect Radio Vet Nurse guest. She got her start in the industry at the ripe old age of 11 and her passion and enthusiasm will leave you straightening your stethoscope and fist punching the air.

Another caveat for this episode, Jazz was unwell when we recorded and a bit concerned that she (a) might have a coughing fit and (b) sounded like a pack a day smoker. I quite liked the Janice Joplin voice but definitely edited out a few coughing fits, including one caused by our ongoing laughter at my favourite unexpected Radio Vet Nurse tangent ever - the subtle art of fainting.

Jazz listens to these podcasts:

· Dr Carl

· Cosmic Vertigo

· Stuff You Should Know

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