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So Many Other Things: The Reality of Veterinary Practice Part 8 - Which direction? How far?

So Many Other Things The Reality Of Working In Veterinary Practice Part 8
Posted in So Many Other Things... at 17 April, 2019

Nothing medical is ever one hundred percent guaranteed, no matter how much some of use might think so. Arguably, some litigation against doctors arises (where there hasn't been malpractice) because of the mismatch between expectation and reality. Probably...

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Posted by Michael Weinhardt, Michael Weinhardt Photography
 

So Many Other Things: The Reality of Veterinary Practice Part 7 - Gold standard & the real world

So Many Other Things The Reality Of Working In Veterinary Practice Part 7
Posted in So Many Other Things... at 04 April, 2019

Financial constraints on owners can create significant obstacles to animal care, requiring vets to seek more affordable clinical options that don't jeopardise an animal's health. The easiest way to see this is by considering the "gold standard". Dr Fiona...

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Posted by Michael Weinhardt, Michael Weinhardt Photography
 

So Many Other Things: The Reality of Veterinary Practice Part 6 - For Love or Money

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Posted in So Many Other Things... at 14 March, 2019

One prominent factor permeating dealings between practice staff and clients is cost. It was talked about a lot at Brudine, often in the context of affordability. It comes down to the inherent duality of veterinary practice as both caring service and priva...

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Posted by Michael Weinhardt, Michael Weinhardt Photography
 

So Many Other Things: The Reality of Veterinary Practice Part 5- By the people, for the people

So Many Other Things The Reality Of Working In Veterinary Practice Part 5
Posted in So Many Other Things... at 28 February, 2019

There are many important truths to working in veterinary practice. Dealing with people is first among equals. "You can't not be about people," says Brudine Practice Manager Bri Smith. "They are the entire basis of your business in the veterinary industry....

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Posted by Michael Weinhardt, Michael Weinhardt Photography
 

So Many Other Things: The Reality of Veterinary Practice Part 4 - It takes two to practice

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Posted in So Many Other Things... at 14 February, 2019

There is little doubt that the veterinary practice someone works for can impact the quality and quantity of their career, sometimes beneficially, sometimes not. The importance of finding the right practice cannot be overstated, especially for new graduate...

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Posted by Michael Weinhardt, Michael Weinhardt Photography
 

Tips for self-care over the Christmas holidays...& every day

Tips For Self Care Over The Christmas Holidays Every Other Day
Posted in 1. Mental health resources at 20 December, 2018

This time of the year can be tough for many people. Looking after ourselves is crucial if we want to maintain a healthy level of wellbeing - that doesn't just mean physically, but psychologically as well. Typically, the Christmas period can be a stressful...

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Posted by Dr Nadine Hamilton, Love Your Pet Love Your Vet & Positive Psych Solutions
 

So Many Other Things: The Reality of Veterinary Practice Part 3 - After-Hours

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Posted in So Many Other Things... at 13 December, 2018

But it requires veterinary practices to be able to close at a reasonable time while also knowing that animal care will continue overnight. In the ACT, that overnight animal care is enabled through the region's veterinary services "night shift", which comp...

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2 Comments   Posted by Michael Weinhardt, Michael Weinhardt Photography
 

So Many Other Things: The Reality of Veterinary Practice Part 2 - Hustle & Bustle

So Many Other Things Part 2 Hustle And Bustle
Posted in So Many Other Things... at 06 December, 2018

The rhythm of a typical day at Brudine is dictated by an ongoing tussle between order and unpredictability. Setting order are the appointments schedule (for consultations) and the hospital board (for surgeries, diagnostics, observations and boarders). Lik...

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Posted by Michael Weinhardt, Michael Weinhardt Photography
 

So Many Other Things: The Reality of Veterinary Practice - Part 1

So Many Things The Reality Of Veterinary Practice Part 1
Posted in So Many Other Things... at 29 November, 2018

Holding a mirror to the veterinary industry to see the realities you work with every day. I came across Michael Weinhardt's 'So Many Other Things' photographic essay and accompanying articles a couple of weeks ago. I was drawn to the honesty in the photos...

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3 Comments   Posted by Michael Weinhardt, Michael Weinhardt Photography
 

10 things to say (& 10 not to say) to a friend suffering mental health problems

10 Things To Say And 10 Things Not To Say To A Friend Suffering Mental Health Problems
Posted in 1. Mental health resources at 05 October, 2018

You may have a friend, family member or veterinary colleague suffering from mental health issues. But knowing what to say to offer help and support can be a challenge. You don&t want to say the wrong thing or something that may make them feel even worse....

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Posted by Rosie Overfield
 

Work in the veterinary industry? Then it's probably time for a REAL break.

Work In The Veterinary Industry Then Its Probably Time For A Real Break Red
Posted in 1. Mental health resources at 30 November, 2017

I'm starting to realise that the countdown to both Christmas and the end of 2017 is now upon us. And for those of you lucky enough to be taking a break from work and perhaps going away for a holiday it's also time to start thinking about that too. But wh...

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Posted by Judy Gillespie, Vetanswers
 

5 Steps to take a permanent U-turn on unhealthy habits

5 Steps To Take A Permanent U Turn On Unhealthy Habits Red
Posted in 1. Mental health resources at 23 November, 2017

Have you got a bad habit going? Something that is not only failing to add anything to your life but may even be subtracting from it? Something you want to change but don't know how to? Follow this logical and science-backed approach to show...

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Posted by Dr Cathy Warburton, Making Headway
 

What happened to Vetanswers? Well...

Sorry We Havent Been Around Lately Vetanswers Blog 500x500
Posted in Our Community at 20 November, 2017

Why has our veterinary community been so quiet? First up I'm so sorry for seemingly disappearing for such an extended period. I realised I may have to take a break for a few weeks but didn't realise it would stretch out for as long as it has........

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Posted by Judy Gillespie, Vetanswers
 

Turn down the churn - getting your mind off your veterinary work

Turn Down The Churn
Posted in 1. Mental health resources at 29 June, 2017

Mind churn... it's a common occurence in the veterinary industry. You go to work, work hard, do your best and head off home to rest and recover in preparation for repeating the process the next day. You get home, change into clothes that don't smell ......

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Posted by Dr Cathy Warburton, Make Headway
 

Veterinary Superhero? Not always ... (& that's ok)

Veterinary Superhero Not Always And Thats Ok 500 X 500
Posted in 1. Mental health resources at 01 June, 2017

Even though sometimes we may feel it, the fact is that none of us are superheroes. And we can't always achieve everything we think we should all the time. Sometimes we just need to say, "At this point in time, this is the best I can do." And be ok with it...

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Posted by Judy Gillespie, Vetanswers
 

Excessive hours & demands in veterinary practice? What to do when your boss won't listen

Excessive Hours Demands In Veterinary Practice
Posted in 1. Mental health resources at 18 May, 2017

Things are changing in the veterinary industry - but for some it's not changing fast enough. Many, maybe even most employers are cognizant of their duty of care to the physical and psychological health of their employees but there are a few recalcitrants...

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Posted by Dr Cathy Warburton, Make Headway
 

Getting the monkeys off your back – how not to take everything on

Getting The Monkeys Off Your Back How Not To Take Everything On
Posted in 1. Mental health resources at 26 April, 2017

If you work in a veterinary practice, you'll know how diffcult it is to NOT take everything on.... There is a lovely little video on dvm360 where they use the analogy of loading more and more monkeys on your back as you go through your day. the monkeys re...

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Posted by Dr Cathy Warburton, Make Headway
 

How many hours of work a week is too many in your veterinary practice?

How Many Hours Of Work A Week Is Too Many In Your Veterinary Practice
Posted in 1. Mental health resources at 30 March, 2017

In my simplistic view of the world, I consider people to be a lot like cars. We put fuel in our cars and this allows us to drive where we need to go. Similarly, practising self-care (think adequate sleep, good nutrition, exercise and supportive relations...

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Posted by Dr Cathy Warburton, Make Headway
 

Lunch should not be a luxury in your veterinary practice

Lunch Should Not Be A Luxury In Your Veterinary Practice
Posted in 1. Mental health resources at 23 November, 2016

Make lunch breaks the norm and take one small step towards a healthier workplace. Why is it that unhelpful habits form so easily? You have a busy week and get behind on your work, so you choose to skip lunch or maybe to eat it whilst you are doing ........

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Posted by Dr Cathy Warburton, Make Headway
 

Study tips for veterinary (and all other) students...

Study Tips For Veterinary Students V2
Posted in 1. Mental health resources at 19 October, 2016

Studying? It's that time of the year..... I've noticed lots of posts on social media with the hashtags #vetstudent #nosleep #sacrifice #examtime so I thought I'd ask Dr Cathy Warburton for some tips to help with study and exams...

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Posted by Dr Cathy Warburton, Make Headway
 
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