06 Oct Meet Kate: COO @ vetCBD
1. What did you do before the industry?
I was-and still am!-a veterinary nurse. I’ve been working mainly in emergency and critical care veterinary medicine since 2004 until I quit my hospital job in 2016 to focus solely on VETCBD.
2. What sparked your interest in the cannabis industry?
How did you first get involved in the industry? Dr. Tim Shu, who is the founder of VETCBD, and I first met when we worked together in the hospital setting. A few years after that, he contacted me and told me the research he was doing and about the company he started. I was instantly fascinated and began doing my own research. I came on board with him almost immediately. As veterinary professionals, our most important job is to advocate for our patients, because they can’t do so for themselves. Cannabis has so many therapeutic aspects for all animals that it is our job to utilize the plant to their benefit.
3. Walk us through a normal work day? (Or things you do on a regular basis if you don’t have a normal work day)
I truly love what I do. A normal day involves a little bit of everything! I take orders from our collectives, oversee deliveries, manage our VETCBD team, schedule and coordinate patient appreciation days and other events, work with charities, ensure compliance regarding our packaging, maintain our website and social media accounts, educating staff at collectives, communicate with veterinarians and their staff, and answering pet owners questions. My favorite part of the job is hearing people’s stories of how VETCBD has helped their pet. I entered veterinary medicine so I could help animals (and their people), and I feel so happy that I am continuing to do just that, in a different setting.
4. Have you ever felt any stigma against yourself from others for working in the industry?
No, not really. I’ve gotten some funny looks sometimes, but I am always more than happy to explain what exactly it is that I do and how exactly cannabis can help heal pets and people. The more that people discuss cannabis and it benefits, the less stigma will be attached to the plant and to the people who use it, and I am happy to be a part of that discussion.
5. What have been some of your favorite things about working in the industry?
I don’t know what’s not to love! I feel so lucky to be in California and to have these incredible opportunities. Similar to the veterinary industry, the cannabis industry is a “small world”. People are happy and helpful for the most part, and very welcoming. There seems to be a passion to educate and advocate throughout. I also love that so many people in leadership and ownership positions are women.
6. What have been some of your biggest challenges?
My biggest challenge has been trying to keep up with all of the regulations surrounding everything in our industry. Almost every aspect of the industry is constantly changing! It’s been both fun and a challenge to keep up with it.
7. Do you have any advice to job seekers looking into the industry?
View the cannabis industry as any other industry; hard work and dedication are key to your success. Expect to work hard, educate yourself, speak with as many people as you can who are involved in this space, keep up with both state and federal news, advocate, and have fun!