WVC 92nd Annual Conference
In the lives of busy veterinary professionals, it can be difficult to balance everything and maintain wellness as an important priority. This day-long sessions will include important information on the current status of mental health and wellbeing in the veterinary profession and focus on segments of the profession with the greatest needs and strengths. This engaging event will be held at the Four Seasons and will include lunch.
10:00a Welcome by Dr. Pease, WVC Chief Veterinary Medical Officer
10:10a Wellbeing: What You Should Know – Mr. John Volk
Discover the latest findings of a new in-depth study on mental health and wellbeing of veterinarians that explores topics first addressed in the Merck Animal Health Veterinary Wellbeing Study conducted with the support of AVMA and Brakke Consulting. John Volk, study manager, reveals new data on job satisfaction, stress, financial health, cyber bullying, and drug and alcohol use. New information on mental health, wellbeing, and suicide ideation will be included in the discussion. Suggestions for dealing with mental health and wellbeing in the profession will be addressed.
11:30a Coping with Mental Health Issues with Remount Foundation – Dr. David R. Andrews
Join Dr. Andrews as he shares the success that the Remount Foundation has had using horses to help injured veterans heal. This unique program located at the U. S. Air Force Academy
1:30p The Neck Up Check Up: An Up Close Look at Suicide Prevention, Mental Health & Wellbeing in the Veterinary Profession – Dr. Brandt
Your mental health influences how you think, feel, and behave in daily life. It also affects your ability to cope with stress, overcome challenges, build relationships, and recover from life’s setbacks and hardships.
Did you know that most people who attempt and die by suicide have a mental health condition although it is often not diagnosed? Many of us don’t prioritize having frank conversations about suicide and mental health, seeking connection, or engaging in intentional, consistent mental health promotion practices. However, suicide is a preventable public health issue and just like physical conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, or broken bones, mental health conditions can be treated, managed and/or resolved.
Despite the serious subject matter, Dr. Jen Brandt addresses topics related to suicide prevention and mental health with relatable examples and a light, conversational approach to demystify the process of self-care and mental health promotion. With 30+ years in the mental health field, and 22+ years specializing in the health and wellbeing of veterinary professionals, she invites audience members to integrate a “Neck Up Check Up” into their daily health care routines.
1. List two do’s and don’ts of suicide communication and prevention
2. List four characteristics of unhealthy problem solving strategies (including workaholism)
3. Describe two strategies for promoting mental health and enhancing emotional wellbeing
3:00p Tackling Emotional Blackmail: Strategies for Dealing with the Use of Fear, Obligation & Guilt in the Workplace – Dr. Brandt
"If you really cared about my pet you would..." "Have it your way...I guess you can afford to have me go online and tell everyone how crappy your clinic is. Or maybe you'd like me to file a complaint with the board instead?!" “I told you to do whatever it takes to save Grover and now you're telling me you won't do a thing until I pay you at least half? Grover's the only reason I'm around anyway so I hope you can live with us both being gone!" Do any of these scenarios sound familiar? These are all examples of emotional blackmail--a form of manipulation used to coerce people into doing what we want. How often have we vowed to ourselves that we won't let these tactics work on us--or use them on others--only to find ourselves in a repeated pattern of manipulation, giving in, and resentment? In this dynamic seminar, we will utilize real world scenarios to identify underlying triggers for emotional blackmail behaviors, recognize what makes us vulnerable to these behaviors, and learn what strategies we can use to break the cycle of emotional blackmail at home and in the workplace.
1. Define emotional blackmail
2. Describe how emotional blackmail transactions work and why some of us are especially vulnerable to them
3. Apply two strategies for ending the emotional blackmail cycle
4:30p Every Practice’s Struggle: How to Attract, Retain & Motivate Veterinary Talent – Dr. Taylor Tillery
The ARM research is a study funded by Merck Animal Health to address one of the biggest issues in the veterinary healthcare industry. “ARM” stands for Attract, Retain and Motivate as they relate to staffing. After asking veterinary practices around the US a common priority surfaced; the need to retain valued veterinarians and office staff. The results of our study describe the current state of veterinary talent management in the US market, identifies key areas of interest and quantifies the value of several employee retention improvement strategies.
Additional areas of discussion include the following:
• The most effective ideas for improvement
• Expectations for compensation and benefits
• Private vs. Corporate practice comparisons
• Job Satisfaction analysis
• Data available by role, job type and gender
1. Evaluate the current state of talent management in the US market as they relate to the veterinary community
2. Quantify the value of several employee retention improvement strategies
5:30p Next Steps – Audience Questions addressed by Drs. Brandt and Tillery
6:00p Program Ends