055: Why Communication Is The Most Important Tool In A Clinic w/ Rebecca Ruch-Gallie

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Along with being one of my CSU mentors, Rebecca Ruch-Gallie (R-G) has an incredible resume including acting service chief of community practice at CSU since the year 2000, the elected state delegate for the CVMA to the AVMA, the vet of the year in the state of Colorado, plus much more. Today Rebecca is here to share her ever humble knowledge on why sharing information and relying on your peers is one of the best ways to help push the profession forward.

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Show Notes: 

R-G works on a state and national level to mold our profession, help underserved populations and inspire the next generations of veterinarians. She believes in focusing on being in the moment with your client, using communication as the most important tool in the clinic, and supporting students to learn how to be better doctors on their own terms. R-G encourages us to take a good look at what you like about where you are at in veterinary medicine, what you don’t like, and how you can empower yourself, to find the right community for you.

If you have ever been curious as to what the differences between community care and specializations really are, why telehealth and the sharing of information can be a good thing, or what it is like to set up a new department from scratch, R-G has all these answers. She is also sharing her passion for providing subsidized care for the underserved, why the restaurant industry prepared her as a veterinarian, and what qualities the CVMA board looks for when electing new members.

R-G is a legend in our industry and it is a thrill to have her here today to share her communal approach to veterinary medicine and inspire us all to learn from one another.

What was your favorite part of R-G’s journey? Let us know in the comments below!


In This Episode

  • How primary care has evolved in practice and in teaching

  • The changing landscape of competition in applying to vet school and words of advice

  • What is an underserved population and what you can do to help

  • What Rebecca said to John during his vet training that always resonated with him

  • Differences between training as a primary care doctor versus a specific specialization


“It really emphasized teamwork for success. And I really enjoyed that piece of it, that working together, that camaraderie, of really helping each other, pulling each other up” (8:57)

“You have a patient in front of you who are suffering right now, for whatever reason that might be, you need to do something that is scientifically and evidence-based to help that patient to the best of your ability” (13:46)

“Most veterinarians think we can do everything, and we can’t. Nor should we.” (27:50)

“The profession is so fantastic and it gives so much and I like to think it's me but it's really not, it's about all the people around me” (1:01:30)



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