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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.

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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...

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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)

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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
 

Don't be afraid of mental health first aid for your veterinary practice

Dont Be Afraid Of Mental Health First Aid In Your Veterinary Practice V2
Posted in 1. Mental health resources at 14 September, 2016

We can all be gatekeepers of each other's mental health in the veterinary industry. A Veterinarian in your practice seems a little different lately. She is quieter and you're noticing she is struggling to make quick decisions. Additionally, she has .........

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Posted by Rosie Overfield, CCG
 

Your personality is not fixed - neuroplasticity means you CAN change your spots

Your Personality Is Not Fixed Neuroplasticity Means You Can Change Your Spots
Posted in 1. Mental health resources at 08 September, 2016

You can't teach an old dog new tricks a saying that is as old as the hills, but is it true? The first references to the concept of not being able to teach an old dog new tricks occurred back in the 1500's. This and the related saying, leopards can't chan...

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Posted by Dr Cathy Warburton, Make Headway
 

Having a sucky day? Then it might help to CLING on...

Having A Sucky Day It Might Help To Cling On
Posted in 1. Mental health resources at 10 August, 2016

Working in veterinary practice is difficult enough but if you have a day where everything goes wrong what can you do? You know those days where everything you touch turns to stinky diarrhoea ? What do you do to get yourself back on track? We all have tho...

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Posted by Dr Cathy Warburton, Make Headway
 

Are you successful AND happy in your veterinary job?

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Posted in 1. Mental health resources at 14 July, 2016

How do we become, and stay, successful in veterinary practice? It has been said that success in veterinary practice comes when we have that sweet combination of clinical ability, interpersonal and personal skills. We in the veterinary industry are great a...

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Posted by Dr Cathy Warburton, Make Headway
 

Pets in the Park share the spirit of Easter with homeless people and pets

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Posted in Our Community at 14 March, 2016

Pets in the Park provides free veterinary care at monthly vet (health) clinics & quarterly desexing clinics for much-loved animal companions of people struggling with homelessness. .......

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Posted by James Dorahy, General Manager, Pets in the Park
 

Veterinary Industry: things I'll need.... 3. Optimism & Resiliency - one and the same?

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Posted in 1. Mental health resources at 08 March, 2016

We often hear about being more optimistic or resilient, but what does this actually mean? And are they just the same thing and derive from just thinking positive thoughts? The answer to this is no. While optimism is the basis of positive thinking, there...

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Posted by Nadine Hamilton, Positive Psych Solutions
 

Veterinary Industry: things I'll need..... 2. Understanding my Personality

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Posted in 1. Mental health resources at 25 February, 2016

So what does your personality have to do with the way you work, communicate, or deal with stress? The answer to this is simply "quite a lot!". When you think about it, there are lots of different personality styles out there. Some people have an optimist...

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Posted by Nadine Hamilton, Positive Psych Solutions
 

Veterinary Industry: things I'll need..... 1. Coping Skills

Veterinary Industry
Posted in 1. Mental health resources at 16 February, 2016

We talk about 'coping' and 'coping skills' all the time, but what do they actually mean - especially for those working in the veterinary industry?And is it possible to learn 'coping skills'?...

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Posted by Nadine Hamilton, Positive Psych Solutions
 

Everyone needs proactive strategies for coping in the veterinary industry

Everyone Needs Proactive Strategies Fro Coping In The Veterinary Industry
Posted in 1. Mental health resources at 11 February, 2016

Veterinarians have long been considered the guardians of animal welfare and health, however, their role has increasingly become more diverse, which is reported to increase pressure on this occupation. Additionally, the hardships of working within the vet...

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Posted by Nadine Hamilton, Positive Psych Solutions
 

Work in the veterinary industry? You need to understand compassion fatigue

Work In The Veterinary Industry You Need To Understand Compassion Fatigue
Posted in 1. Mental health resources at 05 November, 2015

Compassion Fatigue has been described as the "cost of caring for others in emotional and physical pain. Compassion fatigue can be described as an emotional or spiritual exhaustion that takes over an individual. It is a state of tension and preoccupation w...

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Posted by Rosie Overfield, CCG
 

Are you prepared for the many aspects of being a veterinarian?

The Many Aspects Of Being A Veterinarian
Posted in 1. Mental health resources at 17 September, 2015

There are so many aspects to the work of being a vet that it is so easy when you are on the outside to only see the awesome parts (such as the puppies or kittens) and think that the job is AWESOME, or to look at the sad parts (when a much loved family...

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Posted by Dr Liz Chmurycz, Russell Vale Animal Clinic
 

From tweets to notes: 1st Internat. Symposium for Veterinary Mental Health & Suicide Prevention

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Posted in Our Community at 11 June, 2015

There was so much information and experiences discussed by all the speakers at the '1st International Symposium for Veterinary Mental Health and Suicide Prevention' in Brisbane on Friday 29th May. I tested my tweeting skills and live tweeted throughout...

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Posted by Judy Gillespie
 

So what exactly is a 'Wellbeing Coach' for veterinarians?

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Posted in 1. Mental health resources at 10 July, 2014

I came across Nadine and her work via Twitter and was fascinated to hear about her role as a 'Wellbeing Coach for Vets' and I wanted to know more so I contacted Nadine & asked her a few questions.......

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Posted by Nadine Hamilton, Psychologist / Wellbeing Coach for Vets
 

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