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Five Easy Steps To Minimise The Stress in your Life

5 Easy Steps To Minimise The Stress In Your Life 4
Posted in Our Community at 28 July, 2020

Stress gets to us all. Whether it's work or home-related; it can leave us feeling drained, tired, stuck and unable to move forward. To succeed in both your Veterinary business and life generally, you need to learn both how to minimise the likelihood of b...

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Posted by Dr Diederik Gelderman, Turbo Charge Your Practice
 

Veterinary Science Unhelpful Belief #5: Being a vet defines who you are

5 Commonly Held Beliefs In Veterinary Science That Dont Do Us Any Good Part 5 Being A Vet
Posted in Our Community at 09 July, 2020

Oh you're a vet! 2 things are happening in the head of the person you've just met: 1. they're thinking of a question to ask you & 2. they've just labelled you......

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Posted by Dr Hubert Hiemstra
 

Success In Veterinary Business: Are You Inviting The Magic?

Success In Veterinary Business Are You Inviting The Magic
Posted in Management at 25 June, 2020

When you allow 'magic' to happen in your veterinary practice, it can become a regular occurrence! Isn't the universe awesome?! I love it when you come up against a challenge or problem in your business and then bam! All of a sudden, as if from nowhere......

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Posted by Dr Diederik Gelderman, Turbo Charge Your Practice
 

Veterinary Science Unhelpful Belief #3: Vet science is much harder than other jobs

Veterinary Science Unhelpful Belief 3 Vet Science Is Much Harder Than Other Jobs
Posted in Our Community at 25 June, 2020

You've heard those conversations where vets pontificate about the injustice of their lot in life and their poor career choices. We love to share stories about old acquaintances who are invariably less talented and not nearly as smart as us (we're vets af...

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2 Comments   Posted by Dr Hubert Hiemstra
 

AVA Media Release: Understanding the factors behind vet suicide

Posted in Our Community at 28 May, 2020

AVA Media Release: Following last night's SBS Insight special discussing suicide and mental health in the veterinary profession, the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) is calling for greater public awareness of the pressures faced by vete...

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Posted by AVA Media Release
 

It’s ok to be a bit hard on yourself, but…

Its Ok To Be A Bit Hard On Yourself But
Posted in Guest Blogger at 14 May, 2020

Being a bit hard on yourself is ok as long as you&re also kind to yourself...and patient! I watched the frustration grow on her face as she struggled to lift the ovary far enough out of the abdomen to get a clamp behind it. We were all sweating in the st...

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Posted by Dr Hubert Hiemstra
 

Want more fun & satisfaction and less stress & frustration in your veterinary job?

Want More More Fun Satisfaction And Less Stress Frustration In Your Veterinary Job 4
Posted in Management at 07 May, 2020

Would you like more of the fun & satisfaction and less of the frustration & stress of working in the veterinary industry? Picture this scenario. Josie brings in "Bingo", a young, healthy cat with a large facial abscess. The decision is made to admit......

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Posted by Dr Cathy Warburton, Make Headway
 

The safest & smartest investment you can make? Investing in your Self Worth.

The Safest Smartest Investment You Can Make Investing In Your Self Worth
Posted in Guest Blogger at 13 February, 2020

Do you have self-worth? What about others in your veterinary team? First things first you are AMAZING, so you have every reason to be confident in who you are. But are you? Confidentially: seriously, this is something I struggle with every day and many...

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Posted by Dr Diederik Gelderman, Turbo Charge Your Practice
 

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

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Posted in 1. Mental health resources at 18 December, 2019

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
 

Great ideas for improving the health and well-being of your veterinary team

Great Ideas For Improving The Health And Well Being Of Your Veterinary Team Red
Posted in 1. Mental health resources at 25 November, 2019

Mental Health challenges in the vet industry have received lots of attention in recent months. From national interest on The Project to a review of Victorian Vet Board Guidelines, our profession is scrambling to work out the best solutions for affected i...

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Posted by Dr Sasha Nefedova, General Manager PETstock VET
 

Steve the Birdbox... Encouraging positivity & fun in your veterinary team

Steve The Birdbox Encouraging Positivity Fun In Your Veterinary Team 2
Posted in Our Community at 06 November, 2019

Keen to turn your veterinary staff meetings into a more positive and fun event that your team looks forward to? Then you might want to consider your very own 'Steve the Birdbox'!...

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Posted by Tania, Thornleigh Veterinary Hospital
 

Forward Booking at your veterinary practice? Seriously..why wouldn't you?

Forward Booking At Your Veterinary Practice Seriously Why Wouldnt You
Posted in Operations at 26 September, 2019

Do you always re-schedule the client's next visit before they leave your veterinary practice? You do realise that forward booking is actually a service to me (the client) don't you? By helping me to make my next appointment you've taken away one more thin...

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Posted by Judy Gillespie, Vetanswers
 

3 Things I bet you didn't know about... KICK ASS VETS

3 Things I Bet You Didnt Know About
Posted in 3 Things I bet you didn't know at 04 September, 2019

KICK ASS VETS provides practical, tangible and immediately implementable tools to help EMPOWER veterinarians to fall back in love with their career. They are absolute experts at understanding where associate vets are coming from when working in clinical p...

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Posted by Dr Ann Herbst, KICK ASS VETS
 

So Many Other Things: The Reality of Veterinary Practice Part 17 - Conclusion

So Many Other Things - The Reality of Working in Veterinary Practice Conclusion
Posted in So Many Other Things... at 29 August, 2019

Scientists, detectives, carers, shepherds, counsellors, colleagues, mentors, mediators, negotiators, advocates, risk managers.

There are many skills that veterinary services workers will need to have beyond treating sick animals. The reality is the fir...

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Posted by Michael Weinhardt, Michael Weinhardt Photography
 

It's ok not to be ok. The benefits of a Mood Board for your veterinary team

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Posted in Our Community at 22 August, 2019

A few week's ago I came across an awesome post on Instagram from Animal Emergency Centre (@aecvets) with images and an explanation of their brilliant Mood Board: It's OK to not be OK. Each shift the team picks a feeling they're currently relating to and w...

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Posted by Judy Gillespie with Amy Noonan & Todd Wade from AEC
 

So Many Other Things: The Reality of Veterinary Practice Part 16 - Full Responsibility

4. So Many Other Things - The Reality of Veterinary Practice Part 16 Full Responsibility
Posted in So Many Other Things... at 15 August, 2019

In preparation for work as a vet or a vet nurse, education is required and significant work experience is essential. As much as university must provide the former, the onus is on the individual for the latter. Though, no matter how much preparation throug...

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Posted by Michael Weinhardt, Michael Weinhardt Photography
 

Four words to help you move forward in your veterinary career.

Four Words To Help You Move Forward In Your Veterinary Career V2 Red
Posted in Our Community at 08 August, 2019

On the 16th October, there's an awesome 1 day symposium being held in Sydney. Four-Words Forwards! is a 1-day workshop promoting wellbeing and tapping into resources we may not know we have. Our speakers will provide bite-sized insights, with a focus on...

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Posted by Dr Anne Fawcett
 

So Many Other Things: The Reality of Veterinary Practice Part 15 - First Steps

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Posted in So Many Other Things... at 01 August, 2019

The beginning of a career in veterinary services extends far back before the first day of work after graduation. A few Brudine vets worked as vet nurses before or during study. Some grew up in the country, some in the city. All had a love of...

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Posted by Michael Weinhardt, Michael Weinhardt Photography
 

So Many Other Things: The Reality of Veterinary Practice Part 14 - Ouroboros

7.1. So Many Other Things: The Reality of Veterinary Practice Part 14: Ouroboros
Posted in So Many Other Things... at 17 July, 2019

Over time, people working in veterinary services seem to, if not must, develop various mechanisms for dealing with the complex demands of their work. Time is, of course, one way to find that perspective.
Philosophy is another. Thinking about the "why" o...

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Posted by Michael Weinhardt, Michael Weinhardt Photography
 

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
 

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 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
 

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
 

Dear anonymous vet, Re your question: If not this...then what?

Dear Anonymous Vet Re Your Question If Not This Then What
Posted in Our Community at 09 May, 2019

Somewhere in an old diary of mine, wedged in between 'phone blood results for Spotty Jones' and 'book ute for a service' on my to-do-list these words are scribbled: "If not this, then what the fuck?!?!?!?!" I suspect this pretty much sums up what you fee...

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Posted by Dr Hubert Hiemstra
 

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
 

Veterinary life: define the small stuff & learn from the big stuff

Veterinary Life Define The Small Stuff Learn From The Big Stuff Red
Posted in Our Community at 11 April, 2019

I was sixteen or seventeen. It was late on a Saturday night, and I was lazily flicking through channels like only a teenager can when I stumbled upon an interesting looking movie. I never did catch the title and I've long forgotten the plot, but it .......

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2 Comments   Posted by Dr Hubert Hiemstra
 

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
 

Do you need more support than your veterinary peers & family can provide?

Do You Need More Support Than Your Veterinary Peers And Family Can Offer Red
Posted in Guest Blogger at 20 March, 2019

You, like most of us, will have people in your workplace who you feel comfortable talking with " discussing your challenges and the times when you feel inadequate or have a poor outcome, as well as sharing your successes....

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Posted by Dr Ilana Mendels, VetPrac
 

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
 

Don't love veterinary science, it won't love you back! But is this fair or even true?

Dont Love Veterinary Science It Wont Love You Back V2 Red
Posted in Our Community at 07 March, 2019

This bit of street art has always stayed with me. It's front and centre in my mind when I'm faced with any decision that involves both money and ethics, and I'm pretty sure I've made some major life decisions influenced in no small measure by this snippe...

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Posted by Dr Hubert Hiemstra
 

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
 

Ever feel like a total failure in your veterinary job?

Do You Ever Feel Like A Total Failure In Your Veterinary Job V2
Posted in 1. Mental health resources at 16 February, 2019

Whether it's messing up as a dad or mum or dropping the ball on something at work or even just forgetting to return a client phone call when you promised when you feel like you're failing it can be tough to pick yourself up and keep going....

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Posted by Dr Diederik Gelderman, Turbo Charge Your Practice
 

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
 

Why 2019 is all about Growing Stronger Together: Resilience, Compassion & Expertise

Vetanswers Growing Stronger In 2019 Resilience Compassion Expertise
Posted in Our Community at 31 January, 2019

Each year I decide on a focus for Vetanswers that is more concentrated than our overarching aim to Save Time, Connect & Discover. This year though coming up with the focus seemed even more important. I've mentioned before that 2018 (and to be honest, 201...

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Posted by Judy Gillespie, Vetanswers
 

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
 

How do you move on and grow after leaving a long-term veterinary job?

How Do You Move On And Grow After Leaving A Long Term Veterinary Job
Posted in Our Community at 13 September, 2018

When you leave a long-term job because things no longer feel right - how do you move forward from the feelings of grief? How do you get back the motivation & spark? A difficult yet important question from a member of our Community......

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Posted by Anonymous
 

Improving the resilience of your veterinary team

Improving The Resilience Of Your Veterinary Team 2
Posted in Management at 07 June, 2018

Resilience is about overcoming challenges, managing change, dealing with adversity and reaching out for help. Recently, there seems to be more information and research available about improving the resilience of our veterinary teams and this is fantastic...

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Posted by Dr Natasha Wilks, BVSc Dip Coaching CAPP B3, High Performance Vets
 

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
 

5 Steps to creating a healthy habit

5 Steps To Creating A Healthy Habit
Posted in Our Community at 14 September, 2017

Are you a gunna (I'm gunna do it) or a doer? Or, like many of us, are you a doer at work and a gunna at home great at setting and achieving work-related goals but somehow never quite getting to exercise or going to bed on time or calling your mum?...

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Posted by Dr Cathy Wurburton,
 

Time out for you - veterinary mind body retreat

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Posted in Guest Blogger at 05 July, 2017

Find out more about the Veterinary Mind Body Retreat with Dr Allen Schoen being held in Cairns in August and read more about what 'Mind Body Medicine' is all about...

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Posted by Dr Allan Schoen, Patron ACVA
 

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
 

Top 10 Veterinary Blog Posts for May 2017

Vetanswers Top 10 Veterinary Blog Posts For May
Posted in Our Community at 01 June, 2017

Which blog posts and resources caught the attention of the Vetanswers Community during May? In case you missed them the first time around.......

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Posted by Judy Gillespie, Vetanswers & a range of veterinary bloggers
 

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
 

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
 
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