Dr. Emily Singler is a 2001 graduate of Penn State University and a 2005 graduate of University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. She has navigated 4 pregnancies while working in veterinary clinical practice and has been a working mom throughout the majority of her tenure as a veterinarian.

Her career in veterinary medicine has included experience in shelter medicine, private practice, and as a relief veterinarian. She currently works as a veterinary writer, consultant, and mentor and enjoys writing for both pet owners and veterinary professionals. Her writing interests include public health, preventive medicine, the human-animal bond, and life as a working mom.

She is the author of Pregnancy and Postpartum Considerations for the Veterinary Team, which is being published by CRC Press in November 2023. She has spoken both virtually and in person on working in veterinary medicine through pregnancy and beyond, with an emphasis on navigating workplace hazards, workplace protections against discrimination, planning parental leave, and returning to work. Currently, she is working toward becoming a RETAIN certified parental leave coach.

Emily is a mom of four kids, 2 dogs, and 1 cat. She enjoys spending time with her husband and kids, and she loves horseback riding and all things llama and alpaca. She is learning to embrace the chaos of having a big family and finds solace in connecting with others and eating chocolate.

**If you want to jump straight to the interview, skip ahead to 12:40!

After some always enjoyable banter time from Dr. Bugg and Dr. Leicht on everything from ChatGPT to video games, the conversation with Dr. Singler takes off covering:

  • The genesis of Emily’s book
  • Why she decided to write a book
  • Researching the risks during pregnancy while working in practice
  • Discussion around leave to handle newborn care responsibilities
  • Considerations for non-birthing parents
  • Announcing a pregnancy in the workplace
  • How potential workplace discrimination arises
  • Navigating the challenges on veterinary teams that arise with pregnancy, parental leave, and child care
  • Emily’s Impact Round

Thank you to Dr. Emily Singler for joining us on the show and sharing her message and insights on this important topic.

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