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VSC Veterinary Wellness Conference – Be Well! Do Well!

Compassion fatigue, stress and depression have become a very common problem in our industry. The issue has expanded to the point that it has created a high burn out and suicide rate in our profession. This daylong continuing education will feature some of the top people in the veterinary industry covering the topics of compassion fatigue, mental well being and how to cope with the stress of our careers.

Along with a great group of speakers, this event will also feature small businesses that offer services ranging from alternative, holistic medicine, mental health services, essential oils and other wellness products and services.

Registration Is Open!


Sunday, May 5th – 8 am to 4:15 pm
Registration and Networking 8 – 9 am
Presentations start at 9 am

Continental Breakfast,
Lunch and Snacks provided


Meridian Banquet and Conference Center
1701 Algonquin Road, Rolling Meadows, IL

Chasing Perfectionism: The Need for Excellence and Control

By the end of this lecture, the audience should be able to:

  • Understand what perfectionism is, and how the need for control and positive feedback play a role.
  • Describe the positive and negative symptoms of perfectionism.
  • Utilize some coping skills to minimize the negative symptoms of perfectionism.


Becky Murray
CVT, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
Veterinary Specialty Center
Jeannine Moga
Veterinary Social Work Clinician, Consultant and Educator

[Un]Ethical Dilemmas and Moral Distress in Veterinary Practice

By the end of this lecture, participants will be able to:

  • Review evidence on the frequency and impact of ethical dilemmas in veterinary practice
  • Evaluate the concept of “moral distress” in relation to the practitioner and team well-being
  • Introduce real-time methods for creating workable solutions to ethical dilemmas while improving self-efficacy and mitigating moral strain

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Insp;re: Suicide Prevention through Community Response

Get comfortable talking about suicide and risk. In this presentation, you will learn about the differences in the general population and the veterinary community suicide statistics and what we can do to change both.  You will hear about how suicide prevention programs reduce not only suicide, but homicide, and domestic violence. You will learn not only how to recognize risk, but how to mediate that risk, and prevent suicide through an easy to learn and remember the algorithm.

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Jamie Holms
LVT, Certified Mental Health First Aid Responder, QPR Gatekeeper/Instructor
Administrative Manager for Andy Roark and the Unchartered Veterinary Conference
Jennifer Coleman
Ph.D, Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology
Rush University Medical Center

Effectively Dealing with Trauma and Trauma Reactions in the Context of a Helping Field

By the end of this lecture, participants will be able to:

  • Define trauma, traumatic loss, and grief
  • Gain a better understanding of emotional (e.g., anxiety, depression, grief), cognitive (e.g., guilt, shame, blame), behavioral (e.g., substance use, avoidance, isolation), and spiritual reactions to trauma
  • Learn about the negative effects of morally injurious events
  • Explore strategies to effectively deal with trauma reactions

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Banishing Burnout

At the end of this lecture, participants will be able to:

  • Define burnout
  • Describe the impact of stress on the brain
  • Identify thinking patterns that contribute to burnout
  • List two organizational strategies to reduce burnout risk

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Jennifer Brandt
Director of Wellness and Diversity Initiatives
American Veterinary Medical Association
Debbie Stoewen
Director of Veterinary Affairs
LifeLearn Animal Health

Veterinary Happiness: From the Personal to the Professional

Research points towards a bidirectional link between happiness and success: not only does success make people happy, but the positive effect – the hallmark of happiness – engenders success. Find out what is known about happiness in the profession and how we can embed happiness and well-being in our workplaces.

Learning Objectives:

  • To understand what happiness is, from a scientific perspective, and what we know about happiness in the field of veterinary medicine, based on the related research.
  • To engage in activities to enhance personal and professional happiness.
  • To identify, introduce, and incorporate the factors fundamental to happiness in the workplace.

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