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What to do when a veterinary colleague or client self-discloses or talks about suicide

What to do when a veterinary colleague self discloses or talks about suicide
Posted in 1. Mental health resources at 11 July, 2019

What do you say if someone tells you they want to end it all? Important advice from psychologist Dr Nadine Hamilton... "Don't tell anyone, but I want to end it all". These are words none of us want to hear. Why? Because often we feel incredibly uncomfort...

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Posted by Dr Nadine Hamilton, Love Your Pet Love Your Vet
 

So Many Other Things: The Reality of Veterinary Practice Part 13 - Veterinarian, Heal Thyself

So Many Other Things Part 13 Veterinarian Heal Thyself
Posted in So Many Other Things... at 04 July, 2019

Given the range of experience levels and years in the industry present at Brudine, from new graduates to lifers, a lot of wisdom around personal care was offered. Dr Fiona Starr says what most staff seemed to think was essential: "the ability to compartme...

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Posted by Michael Weinhardt, Michael Weinhardt Photography
 

So Many Other Things: The Reality of Veterinary Practice Part 12 - Support System Ascending

So Many Other Things The Reality Of Veterinary Practice Part 12 Support System Ascending
Posted in So Many Other Things... at 18 June, 2019

Karen Connell (see previous article, Rate, Risk, Care) was keen to point out her study is just one of many around the world exploring mental health in veterinary services. She also felt it important to highlight that the research being done, and the growi...

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Posted by Michael Weinhardt, Michael Weinhardt Photography
 

So Many Other Things: The Reality of Veterinary Practice Part 11 - Rate, Risk, Care

So Many Other Things The Reality Of Veterinary Practice Rate Risk Care Part 11
Posted in So Many Other Things... at 06 June, 2019

Cosmo's heartbreaking death continued to impact some of Brudine's staff beyond the moments, hours and days after. Dr Charlie Webb, who has handling Cosmo's case and who relayed the tragic events to Cosmo's owner, was replaying the events of the day, over...

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Posted by Michael Weinhardt, Michael Weinhardt Photography
 

3 Things I bet you didn't know about... Love Your Pet Love Your Vet

3 Things I Bet You Didnt Know About
Posted in 3 Things I bet you didn't know at 06 June, 2019

Love Your Pet Love Your Vet aims to raise awareness of veterinarian wellbeing, reduce the stigma in seeking help and provide support to veterinary professionals. Find out what they're experts at & how they can make your life easier......

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Posted by Dr Nadine Hamilton, Love Your Pet Love Your Vet
 

So Many Other Things: The Reality of Veterinary Practice Part 10 - No Answers

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Posted in So Many Other Things... at 16 May, 2019

As good as a death can be through euthanasia, when the gift of giving it is taken away, it can be heartbreaking. It doesn't happen often, but it happened once while I was at Brudine and it was the most impactful event that I witnessed....

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Posted by Michael Weinhardt, Michael Weinhardt Photography
 

So Many Other Things: The Reality of Veterinary Practice Part 9 - A Good Death

So Many Other Things The Reality Of Working In Veterinary Practice Part 9
Posted in So Many Other Things... at 02 May, 2019

The technical and clinical capabilities of veterinary care increasingly overlap with its human equivalent. While it's hard to imagine the former ever catching up with the latter, the former is far ahead when it comes to the end of life. Intrinsic to the n...

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Posted by Michael Weinhardt, Michael Weinhardt Photography
 

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
 
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