News and Publications

How to Continue to Find Joy in Veterinary Practice
AAHA – Guide to Vet Practice Team Wellbeing

We all remember the joy and excitement we felt when we got our acceptance letter to veterinary school or landed our first job in a veterinary hospital. But over time, the challenges of a busy and, at times, emotionally taxing daily practice life can start to diminish the joy. Because of these challenges, we can start blaming and judging ourselves and others inappropriately and unfairly. Do any of these phrases sound familiar?

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Wellness: Not Just for Patients Anymore
Trends Jan 2018 Issue – AAHA Publication

Marie Holowaychuk, DVM, DACVECC, CYT, is no stranger to the challenges of the veterinary profession. Inspired by the passion of her parents—both veterinarians— she pursued a successful career as a critical care specialist. But while working as an assistant professor of emergency and critical care, she suffered from compassion fatigue.

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Under Pressure
Cummings School of Vet Medicine at Tufts University Fall 2016 Issue

The first mental health survey of U.S. veterinarians paints a sobering picture: One in six has contemplated suicide. Why are these healers feeling so desperate? And what’s being done to help care for them?

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DVM 360 Veterinary Medicine Podcasts

Your Veterinary Voice, Episode 15: Meet Kimberly Pope-Robinson, DVM – Dec 04, 2017
Holding steady during the ups and downs of a veterinary life – Jun 22, 2017
Two things that hurt veterinarian – Mar 29, 2017
Burnout: The universal stuff for medical professions—veterinary or not – Oct 25, 2016
3 flawless tips for the veterinary perfectionist – Sep 30, 2016
4 tips to combat the stress of a veterinary job – Sep 08, 2016

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AVMA Leads the Way in Push on Wellness for the Profession
Pulse – Oct 2017 – Southern California VMA publication

The AVMA has outlined a path to wellness for the nation’s veterinarians, targeting the problems of compassion fatigue, burnout, depression and the personal disasters that can result, such as excessive drug use and suicide.

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Finding Happiness In The Journey That Is Veterinary Medicine
Pulse – Nov 2017 – Southern California VMA publication

“You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists if. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.” Philosopher Albert Camus

SCVMA Pulse Magazine (Nov 2017)

A Personal Journey to Mindfulness
Today’s Veterinary Nurse – NAVC publication

What is mindfulness? It’s a common buzzword today, but do we really understand what it is? Wikipedia provides the following definition:“Mindfulness is the psychological process of bringing one’s attention to the internal experiences occurring in the present moment.” Yet this definition leaves room for interpretation. What I have learned is that everyone’s understanding of it is as unique as their individual mind, body, and soul.

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