Category Archives: Animal Academy Podcast – Specializing in the Human-Animal Connection

The stories of a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who specializes in the Human-Animal connection. Listen as Allison White showcases professionals who share their areas of expertise in an ongoing series of interviews that will help us all understand that WE are the ones that actually end up learning – from the Animals. This is – The Animal Academy Podcast.

Animal Academy Podcast: A Conversation with Chris Zink DVM, PhD, DACVP, DACVSMR

A Conversation with Chris Zink DVM, PhD, DACVP, DACVSMR



  Over the years as I’ve raised, trained and competed in sports with my dogs. I’ve learned lessons, some the hard way. At the same time there’s been growing research in the field of canine rehabilitation in sports medicine. I attended training, lectures and then had to reach out to veterinarian specialist when my dogs … Continue reading A Conversation with Chris Zink DVM, PhD, DACVP, DACVSMR


Animal Academy Podcast: The Journey of a Young Adult Dog Trainer: A Conversation with David Frasca

The Journey of a Young Adult Dog Trainer: A Conversation with David Frasca



  One of the reasons why I started this podcast is because I enjoy talking with people. Hearing their unique stories and learning more about what brings them enjoyment, excitement and really, how they show up in the world. I don’t know if my guest today knows how many people have appreciated the things he’s … Continue reading The Journey of a Young Adult Dog Trainer: A Conversation with David Frasca


Animal Academy Podcast: Compassion Fatigue: A Conversation with Patricia Smith

Compassion Fatigue: A Conversation With Patricia Smith



  Welcome to another episode of the Animal Academy Podcast. Taking care of another living being requires us to give a part of ourselves including our hearts. When in a caregiver role over time, it’s common for people to lose themselves in their role and not always take care of their own needs. This may … Continue reading Compassion Fatigue: A Conversation With Patricia Smith


The Animal Academy Podcast: Roving Rovers & 4-H: A Conversation with Ella Palutis

Roving Rovers & 4-H: A Conversation with Ella Palutis



  Welcome to another episode of the Animal Academy Podcast. During my podcast, we’ve talked about the power of the human-animal connection. When I used to show my dogs in competition, I was amazed at how many young people were also running their dogs. In fact, they were often difficult to beat in competition! They … Continue reading Roving Rovers & 4-H: A Conversation with Ella Palutis


On The Spot Dog Training: A Conversation with Marilyn Gaffney

On The Spot Dog Training: A Conversation with Marilyn Gaffney



  One of the consequences of the Corona-virus pandemic is people are adopting more animals, which means they are also trying to find obedience trainers. There are limited in- person classes and most have limited enrollment due to need for social distancing. Besides offering in-home obedience training, my guest today will also discuss her focus … Continue reading On The Spot Dog Training: A Conversation with Marilyn Gaffney


Animal Academy Podcast: Pandemic Puppy Training: A Conversation with Kama Brown

Pandemic Puppy Training: A Conversation with Kama Brown



  I’ve noticed many people who have puppies or have recently adopted dogs. Maybe it’s due to the pandemic and you’re spending more time at home and think it’s a good time to add a furry member to your family. Whatever the reason, adding a new dog is a fun time, but it also requires … Continue reading Pandemic Puppy Training: A Conversation with Kama Brown


Animal Academy Podcast: Veterinary Cancer Research & Clinical Trials: A Conversation with Kim Selting, DVM

Veterinary Cancer Research & Clinical Trials: A Conversation with Kim Selting, DVM



  One of the most devastating moments I’ve ever experienced is recognizing my pet wasn’t feeling well or something just didn’t seem right. It could be turning up their nose at food, not having as much energy or not playing like they had before. It’s always been a very scary moment, especially when hearing the … Continue reading Veterinary Cancer Research & Clinical Trials: A Conversation with Kim Selting, DVM


Living With and Loving a Pet With Behavioral Problems – A Conversation with Kristin Buller, LCSW & Kelly Ballantyne, DVM



  Welcome everyone to another episode of the Animal Academy Podcast. The focus of this podcast has been on the many ways that animals make our lives whole and how they add many benefits to our quality of life. But, what if our beloved pet has challenges and we find ourselves faced with difficult choices … Continue reading Living With and Loving a Pet With Behavioral Problems – A Conversation with Kristin Buller, LCSW & Kelly Ballantyne, DVM


PUPPIES! A Conversation with Tori Peacock



  Welcome to this episode of The Animal Academy Podcast. I’m excited to have this conversation wth my niece, Tori Peacock, who has just become the proud Mom of a Yorkie named Byron! I also recently added a Golden Retriever puppy named PJ to my household so during this interview I will have a conversation … Continue reading PUPPIES! A Conversation with Tori Peacock


Scratching Veterinary Itches: A Conversation with Wayne Boillat, DVM



  One of THE most important people in your pet’s life is their veterinarian. Establishing a positive and ongoing relationship with a veterinarian is so important. Just as we should follow up with our own health care, our animals require the same kind of care and monitoring. Besides taking care of my pets over the … Continue reading Scratching Veterinary Itches: A Conversation with Wayne Boillat, DVM