Telemedicine Focal Point: Kate Sippel DVM, DACVR

This series highlights members of IDEXX Telemedicine Consultants as they discuss their individual career paths, passions and provide words of wisdom for fellow Veterinary Radiologists planning their careers.

Kate Sippel DVM, DACVR

Role at IDEXX Telemedicine:  Telemedicine Medical Manager, Radiologist, Equine Animal Team Lead

Undergraduate Studies: Colorado College in Colorado Springs

Vet School: University of Illinois in Urbana

Residency: Michigan State University

Passions/interests: Riding my two horses, yoga, travel and snowboarding

Share a memory from your residency:

I was able to go to the local zoo and ultrasound a tiger!  I diagnosed a small intestinal obstruction which ended up being a hunk of tire that they had in the enclosure.  I will never forget the keepers informing me of my escape plan if the tiger woke up.  Fortunately, he stayed very much asleep!!

Are there telemedicine myths you’d like to bust?

I think a large misconception is that telemedicine is isolating with no follow up on cases.  While we work from home, we are never actually alone working for IDEXX.  The overlap on shifts and the communication and comradery with the entire team is unparalleled.  Everyone is very willing to help with a case or be there for support.  We also do get follow up on a number of cases!  Many of our clients are very happy to share further diagnostics and let us know the outcome of tough cases. 

Do you have suggestions for those planning to work at home?

Balance and determination!!  It is very easy to start slacking a bit at home because we all can find other things that need to get done other than working.  Having a definite case goal and a place to work that is ideal for you is a must.  Fortunately, IDEXX is very supportive of work life balance.  Working from home is a bit of an adjustment at first; however, at the end of the day, it really can’t be beat!

Can you provide tips on how to prepare for and then finally take boards?

It is very easy to say “Don’t stress” being on the other side of boards, but really it is the best advice I can give.  Staying calm and acknowledging that you have learned the information at some point and it really is in your head somewhere is the way to get through!  For oral boards, finding a good balance of information is key.  You don’t want to say too little and miss important points but you don’t want to say too much and talk yourself in the wrong direction!  Balance.

What does your perfect day look like?

I love the way my weeks run.  I typically read for a few hours in the morning, head to the barn and ride two of my horses, then come back home and finish up my work day.  I can travel to horse shows and work when I am not riding.  Really I feel IDEXX has allowed me to live my dream!

Who are the animal companions in your life:

Chubs is my main man, a 9yo English Bulldog.  Vito, Saxo, and Cassuro are my three horses.  Vito is retired in Ohio and the other two go around the country with me competing in jumper events!

 If you’d like to learn more about Telemedicine with IDEXX,  email us today!



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