2021-06-15
01:00 min
Content prepared by Marie Holowaychuk, DVM, Dipl. ACVECC, CYT
You miscalculate a patient’s drug dose by overlooking a decimal. The mistake was noted right away and thankfully the drug could be reversed so the animal was not harmed. Answer: Pet owners would rather know when a mistake is made, even when there is no harm done. Full disclosure of what happened ensures that trust is maintained in the veterinarian-client relationship. Try to sustain the belief that honesty and transparency strengthen these relationships. Apologize for the mistake and share...
2021-06-06
01:00 min
Content prepared by Marie Holowaychuk, DVM, Dipl. ACVECC, CYT
A veterinarian in your practice has shared that she struggles with depression. You want to ask her how she is doing but you are worried about making her feel uncomfortable. Answer: It is important to regard conversations about mental health like any other conversation about a person’s physical health. If a person discloses that they have a mental illness, it is okay to check in with them regarding their disease. In this situation, asking “how is your mental health these days?” or “how are you...
2021-05-20
31:39 min
Content presented by Marie Holowaychuk, DVM, Dipl. ACVECC, CYT
The emotional side of being a veterinary professional can be quite intense! It’s hard enough having to deal with your own feelings, let alone those of your colleagues or clients. So how can you manage? Perhaps you're looking for ways to overcome negativity or anxiety throughout the workday when dealing with a variety of situations, some more difficult than others. In this Facebook Live session, veterinary wellness advocate Dr. Marie Holowaychuk answers more excellent questions regarding...
2021-05-12
31:03 min
Content presented by Marie Holowaychuk, DVM, Dipl. ACVECC, CYT
Sometimes not feeling like yourself may be a sign that it is time to consult a mental health professional. Or perhaps someone at your clinic has expressed the need for professional support... But where should you start? Also, have you ever wondered if there is a difference between experiencing burnout and depression? In this Facebook Live session, veterinary wellness advocate Dr. Marie Holowaychuk answers three excellent questions regarding wellness. Watch the recorded session now as she...
2021-05-05
21:47 min
Content presented by Marie Holowaychuk, DVM, Dipl. ACVECC, CYT
In these challenging times, it might seem especially difficult to set boundaries and maintain work-life separation. Our fast-paced reality might also make it feel impossible to remain grounded and focused while performing everyday tasks. In this first Facebook Live session, veterinary wellness advocate Dr. Marie Holowaychuk answers two excellent questions regarding wellness. Watch the recorded session now as she shares some amazing tips on how to recognize and manage burnout, as well as how to...
2021-04-15
Content prepared by Marie Holowaychuk, DVM, Dipl. ACVECC, CYT
A co-worker of yours has shown changes in her behaviour that are impacting patient and client care. She is avoiding cases in the clinic, seems detached from the team, and is complaining of sleep problems at home. Answer: Compassion fatigue Compassion fatigue can affect any individual working in caregiving professions and is characterized by profound emotional and physical exhaustion that impacts a person in and outside of the workplace. Signs at work can range from dissociation and apathy to...
2021-03-16
Content prepared by Marie Holowaychuk, DVM, Dipl. ACVECC, CYT
There seem to be more blog posts, articles, and documentaries on organization, clearing clutter, and tidying up living spaces. And with spring right around the corner, cleaning tends to be on people’s minds. Answer: Several studies back the premise that keeping things clean and orderly fosters physical and mental health. In fact, people with clean houses are healthier and more active than people with messy houses. Additionally, people who make their beds every morning are more likely to...
2021-02-25
Content prepared by Marie Holowaychuk, DVM, Dipl. ACVECC, CYT
Your colleague goes out of town leaving you to manage one of her long-term patients. You make decisions to the best of your ability, but when your colleague returns, she questions your choices and insists she would have done things differently. You want to discuss this with her but are uncertain how without getting defensive or becoming argumentative. Answer: Information conflict Information conflict occurs when people have different ideas, opinions, or viewpoints, or disagree about a...
2021-01-28
Content prepared by Marie Holowaychuk, DVM, Dipl. ACVECC, CYT
Although 2021 is well under way, many of us are still looking to make changes after the trying year that 2020 turned out to be. Resolutions like getting back to exercise, eating more healthfully, and getting finances in order are top of mind among Canadians. Answer: Creating healthy habits Surveys suggest that resolutions set at the beginning of the year rarely last beyond February. On the other hand, if a person can create healthy habits (or conquer unhealthy ones), there is a much higher...