This week on the Cone….. Dr. Andy Roark talks with veterinary oncosurgeon, stand-up comedian and creative force behind the satirical veterinary news site The Cageliner DR. SARAH BOSTON!

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Whether you’re thinking about trying comedy yourself or feel like there’s not a single funny bone in your body there are a lot of take aways from this episode. Comedy at its core is simply observation and response. An exercise in being present, accepting that present, and reacting to it. Now to get a laugh from the response it has to have certain qualities about it. If you want to know more about those qualities we highly recommend taking an improv class in your local area or a comedic writing class. What we can tell you is that every good punchline has some kernel of truth to it. The stage, the exam room, zoom. It’s all a performance where you use emotion to communicate and educate.


  • People in comedy and people in vet medicine like to make it their identity.
  • Having a 3rd place where no one cares that you’re a vet helps “shut it off”
  • In human medicine studies show physicians trained in humor have better client histories.
  • Improv classes improve listening skills, observation skills, communication skills.
  • Some human medicine degree paths require training in improv.
  • Toast Master’s is a great alternative or addition to improv training.
  • You can be professional to the point of being superficial.
  • Humor humanizes you and helps create trust with the client.

Andy and Sarah really get into this and share how comedy has helped them not just in building a career but in their everyday interactions in and out of the vet clinic.  This is a fun episode, if you want to check it out we have it linked be0low or you can listen wherever you get your podcasts from.


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Dr Sarah Boston is a veterinary surgical oncologist who is an ACVS board certified small animal surgeon and an ACVS Founding Fellow of both Surgical Oncology and Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. She practises with VCA Canada in the Toronto area. Up until recently, she has spent most of her career in academia as a tenured faculty member at both the University of Guelph and the University of Florida. Dr Boston is also a best-selling author of the book, Lucky Dog: How Being a Veterinarian Saved my Life and one of the creators of The Cageliner, a satirical online newspaper for veterinary professionals. She has recently started doing stand up comedy because she believes that we all need to laugh more.

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