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Ep 159: The New Age of Mentorship in Mixed Practice, with Dr. Alexandru Pop

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For this week’s episode of That Vet Life Podcast, Dr. Moriah McCauley is joined by Dr. Alexandru Pop to talk about mentorship in a mixed animal practice, explaining what a good workplace with a positive learning atmosphere looks like. 

Dr. Alexandru Pop is a large animal veterinarian who has been in practice for more than three years. Dr. Alexandru graduated with a veterinary medicine degree in 2019 from the College of Veterinary Medicine at North Carolina State University. He spent more than a year working at Pineview Veterinary Hospital before buying Appalachian Veterinary Services, an organization that he is now the president of. 

As a veterinarian, Dr. Alexandru’s major objective is to improve and preserve animal health. To do this, he places a high value on open communication, reliable information, and providing the most enriching and satisfying veterinary experience he can. Apart from veterinary science, he is also interested in ophthalmology, technology in medicine, data analysis, and ruminant medicine. 

Listen in as Dr. Alexandru Pop discusses what vet students should look for in a practice from a mentorship perspective! 


  • [01:13] Dr. Moriah begins the episode with a short introduction of Dr. Alexandru Pop.
  • [06:40] As a practice owner, Dr. Alexandru Pop reveals the initial conversation his practice had with the vet students around mentorship. 
  • [08:16] Dr. Alexandru details some of the questions he asks to assess the potential and expectations of the new hire. 
  • [11:25] The performance evaluation of externs. 
  • [15:06] What are the qualities of a good intern? 
  • [16:11] A short ad break – join Thrive 
  • [17:18] How can you create a safe environment and a good learning environment at your practice? 
  • [19:30] The green flags that vet students should be looking for before joining a practice that offers mentorship. 
  • [24:25] Dr. Alexandru reveals how he communicates with vet externs and answers their queries. 
  • [27:00] We hear valuable advice to vet students who are looking for internships at a mixed animal practice. Dr. Alexandru talks about the work culture of his practice Appalachian Veterinary Services. 
  • [31:21] Dr. Moriah wraps up the episode.


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