program overview

The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges, Zoetis, Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, and event sponsors invite you to attend the fourth annual AAVMC Veterinary Health and Wellness Summit.

The Summit is sparked by the growing body of evidence showing that veterinary students and practitioners experience high levels of stress, anxiety, and depression – and that these factors impact productivity, career longevity, and enjoyment in practice.

This gathering brings together veterinary students, administrators, practitioners, social workers, counselors, and industry partners to develop a common understanding about health and wellness issues within the veterinary profession. Together, we will build a solid foundation of information and knowledge; will share best practices; and will develop clear and specific goals and actions to address these pressing issues.

Goals of the 2016 Summit

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formulate strategies likely to result in specific programs and initiatives that will support veterinary students, administrators, and practitioners in achieving personal and professional well-being

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formulate strategies likely to result in specific programs and initiatives that will support veterinary students, administrators, and practitioners in achieving personal and professional well-being

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speakers

Dr. Mark Stetter

Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Colorado State University

    Lizzie Lockett

    Project Director, Mind Matters Initiative, Strategic Communications Director, Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons

      Gene Crumley

      Director of Leadership Development, School of Medicine, University of California, Davis

        Dr. Joanne Roesner

        DVM, DABVP

          Dr. Michele Gaspar

          DVM, DABVP (Feline Practice), MA, LPC

            Dr. Elizabeth "Betsy" Charles

            DVM, MA

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              Preview the online curriculum and practice some wellness strategies for yourself. Explore the educational research and pedagogy around which this interactive online course was built. Peek at some preliminary results of an assessment of the effectiveness of this unique online course.
              Presenter Bio
              Dr. Spencer had a successful career in science education developing curriculum for national organizations prior to retraining as a veterinarian (Colorado State University, 1994). Since earning her DVM, she has worked in all aspects of veterinary medicine, including as a small animal practice owner and as a shelter veterinarian in both California and Florida. She joined the Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida in 2011 to develop a distance learning program that currentlyoffers a Graduate Certificate in Shelter Medicine, Professional Certificate in Shelter Medicine, and a MS in Veterinary Medical Sciences Concentration in Shelter Medicine, all taught exclusively online utilizing interactive pedagogy. She is interested in mixed methods educational research.

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 300
              Terry spencer, dvm
              jessica dolce, ba
              kristin buller, ma, lcsw
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              Discussion will encompass the emotional health of the veterinary technician team. The overall job satisfaction of a technician can greatly affect the working environment for all aspects of the clinic including the veterinarians, receptionist and kennel assistants. Creating an engaged, proactive team and decreasing workplace stress and burnout will promote a highly successful team.
              Presenter Bio
              I graduated from University of Dayton with a BS in Biology in 1994 and Michigan State University with a BS in Veterinary Technology in 1998. I became a LVT in 1998 in Michigan and passed the national boards. I worked in the MSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital Intensive Care Unit for 5 years (1998-2003). I have been employed by the Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital for 13 years. I started in the Critical Care unit as a floor technician, then became a CCU day shift work leader, then became the Urgent Care technician supervisor and am now the Critical Care Services (Urgent Care and Critical Care) technician supervisor. I became boarded by AVECCT in emergency and critical care in 2005. I have enjoyed creating a thorough training program and subject lectures for emergency critical care technicians. I strive to encourage technicians to become career nurses who become leaders in their field through creating a strong team environment and a solid pathophysiology knowledge base.

              Location:Lory student Center room 304/306
              Jocey Pronko, LVT, VTS, ECC
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              The veterinary industry has many things to it in which are unique and others of which are not. One thing that is clear, is that the veterinarian and their license is required in order to have a business. This pressure on one person, or a team of individuals, can be intense. The emotions that come with that burden, can be heavy and overwhelming. This lecture takes the audience through the journey to help share that perspective to individuals who have not been in that position themselves, but yet want to show up in ways to support them.
              Presenter Bio
              After graduating from UC Davis, she practiced in both the large and small animal sectors. She founded 1 Life Connected Consulting (1Lifecc) in 2015 and her vision in starting 1Lifecc was to help Connect Careers with Life’s Passion.

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 300
              Kimberley pope-robinson, dvm, ccfp
              Anthea schick, dvm dipl. acvd
              jennifer graham, dvm, dipl. abvp, dipl. aczm
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              LGBT veterinarians and veterinary students face the same wellness issues just like any other veterinarian PLUS the history of oppression and discrimination and social determinants contribute to wellness disparities.LGBT health requires specific attention from properly trained and qualified health care and public health professionals to address a number of disparities.Life experiences and situations increase risk factors for suicide related behaviors in LGBT young adults.
              Presenter Bio
              Dr. Chaddock received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Michigan State University (MSU) and an Executive Master’s Degree in Leadership from Georgetown University. He is currently serving on the National Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners and is the vice-president of the Lesbian and Gay Veterinary Medical Association.

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 304/306
              Mike Chaddock, DVM eml
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              Everyone can visualize that little terrier dog that barks and growls at anything that moves or makes a noise. Our minds can turn into that little terrier if we don’t provide it nourishment and security. We will teach you how to manage your personal sea of stress.
              Presenter Bio
              Dr. Jennifer Quammen is a small animal private practitioner in Kentucky. Along with her DVM and history as a Veterinary Technician, Jen holds a Master of Public Health, Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Bachelor of Science in Biology. Jen is co-founder of High Performance Living, a health and wellness business focused on veterinary professionals.

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 312
              Jennifer Quammen, DVM, MPH
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              Evaluating factors that have been associated with mental health, including personality, has become increasingly important in the goal of understanding mental health in the veterinary profession. The Ontario Veterinary College has collected 10 years of Myers-­‐Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), demographic, and lifestyle data from first year-­‐veterinary students, as well as one year of mental health data. Associations between MBTI personality types, demographics, veterinary career interests, and GPA will be presented.
              Presenter Bio
              Currently pursuing her Master of Science in Epidemiology at the University of Guelph, Monika received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Waterloo in 2014, and a Graduate Diploma in Population Health Risk Assessment and Management from the University Of Ottawa In 2015.

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 308/310
              Monika Goetz, bsc, msc
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              Dr. Gruszynski share her story of her battle with mental illness and some of the coping mechanisms she has incorporated into her life.
              Presenter Bio
              Karen Gruszynski received her DVM from the University of Wisconsin in 2001.  In 2006, she completed a MPH from LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans and a PhD from LSU.  Between 2005-2009, she was contracted by various agencies in regards to agricultural terrorism, wildlife disease outbreaks, and pandemic flu planning.  In 2009, she joined the Virginia Department of Health as the veterinary epidemiologist.

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 308/310
              karen gruszynski, dvm, mph, phd, dacvpm
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              Human-Animal Interactions is an area of curricular development in an increasing number of social work programs. Simultaneously, several colleges of veterinary medicine are employing social workers or other mental health professionals to provide a myriad of services for clients, veterinary care teams within the teaching hospital, and students. An interdisciplinary team at Syracuse University is actively engaging in curricular development to support these trends.
              Presenter Bio
              Katherine earned her DVM from Cornell in 2004. Katherine has a courtesy lecturer appointment at Cornell and has quadrupled student exposure to end of life topics since 2012. She is co-founder of the Veterinary Society for Hospice and Palliative Care –the only hospice organization exclusively dedicated to veterinarians.

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 308/310
              katherine goldberg, dvm, msw in progress
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              Communication and compassion fatigue are both important topics within veterinary medicine; however, few conversations have acknowledged the possible connection between them.  This table topic will provide a place where attendees can discuss and share this relationship, as well as how this understanding could be used to strengthen the veterinary profession as a whole.  
              Presenter Bio
              Chelsey Hess-Holden has a Master of Science Degree in marriage and family therapy.  She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist working part-time at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Mississippi State University while enrolled full-time as a doctoral student pursuing a PhD in Counselor Education with an emphasis in Clinical Mental Health.

              Location:Lory Student Center Ballroom C & D
              Chelsey Hess-Holden, ms, lmft
              christy monaghan, phd, licensed psychologist
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              Change is hard, even when we know its importance intellectually. A variety of tools and techniques will be described and reviewed. Attendee feedback will be solicited regarding tools and techniques they have used and general discussion of such will ensue.
              Presenter Bio
              Tad Coles is certified as a Compassion Fatigue Professional (CCFP) and Missouri Recovery Support Specialist – Peer (MRSS-P). Dr. Coles founded Compassion Fatigue Coach (www.compassionfatiguecoach.com) in 2016. He also practices veterinary medicine part-time and works as a medical writer. He is located in Overland Park, Kansas.

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 322
              Tad Coles
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              During this session, discussion will be generated around the benefits of incorporating time in nature, self-care tools (e.g., yoga, meditation), and other wellness initiatives into workshops and retreats, as a means to bring wellness into the veterinary profession. Sharing of ideas and experiences among veterinary care providers or wellness professionals will be encouraged.
              Presenter Bio
              Dr. Marie Holowaychuk is a specialist in small animal emergency and critical care living in Calgary.After becoming board certified in 2008, she accepted a faculty position at the Ontario Veterinary College. She was Assistant Professor of Emergency and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Guelph until 2013.

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 312
              Marie Holowaychuk, dvm, dacvecc, cyt
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              Let’s talk TEAM Wellness! We know the statistics for substance abuse and suicide is high among veterinarians, but we rarely talk about the impact this has on the entire team. During a few interactive, engaging hours, we will discuss the difference between burnout and compassion fatigue. Together we will engage in activities that will build team understanding in self-care, establishing healthy boundaries, and supporting each other in hectic, demanding careers. Attendees will walk away with resources, tools, and ability to have open conversations in team wellness.
              Presenter Bio
              Rebecca graduated from Colorado Mountain College in Glenwood Springs, CO USA in 1987 with a degree in veterinary technology. She is currently the president and founder of CATALYST Veterinary Practice Consultants, LLC. Rebecca is currently the President of the National Association of Veterinary Technician in America’s (NAVTA).

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 304/306
              REbecca rose, cvt
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              Over the past two years, the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California, Davis has launched multiple mental health and wellness initiatives that have improved the overall attention to mental health within the community, actively addressed the stigma associated with mental health struggles, and significantly increased the number of students seeking and utilizing mental health services. This workshop will outline those initiatives. It will provide participants with tools and insights from an administrator, a mental health clinician, and two students with regard to why these programs have been so successful at UC Davis.
              Presenter Bio
              Dr. Zachary Ward is a psychologist and Coordinator of Mental Health and Wellness Programs for the School of Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis.

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 308/310
              zachary ward, phd
              janel lang, ms
              roxana bordar, veterinary student
              navneet saini, veterinary student`
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              Mindfulness, or maintaining one’s awareness in the here and now, has been shown to have dramatic beneficial effects on physical and mental wellbeing. Find out why celebrities like Katy Perry and 50 Cent, professional sports teams, and millions of other people are adopting daily meditation and mindfulness practices. This practical workshop will include the scientific evidence behind mindfulness and meditation and give opportunities to practice as a group.
              Presenter Bio
              Dr. Marie Holowaychuk is a specialist in small animal emergency and critical care living in Calgary.After becoming board certified in 2008, she accepted a faculty position at the Ontario Veterinary College. She was Assistant Professor of Emergency and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Guelph until 2013.

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 312
              Marie Holowaychuk, dvm, dacvecc, cyt
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              There are multiple generations working side-by-side currently in the space today. What often comes with this reality is a mixture of expectations, and values--at times, in conflict. My intention for this segment is to highlight these differences while also finding shared perceptions in bringing better communication and connection in our roles at work.
              Presenter Bio
              Chase Weldon, M.Ed., (NCC) Nationally Certified Counselor, and currently works as the Career Education Manager for the College of Veterinary Medicine at Colorado State University. Off campus, Chase works with his wife, engaging with the Fort Collins community at animal wellness events to promote her mobile, holistic veterinary business, Weldon Veterinary Acupuncture and Wellness, LLC.  

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 308/310
              Chase Weldon, m.ed., ncc
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              Experience breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountains, while dining on local food and sipping a famous Colorado micro-brew. Don’t miss this great opportunity to network and unwind, while enjoying the best of Fort Collins! Attendees will receive a complimentary drink from a selection of wines and beers, as well as a buffet dinner! A cash bar will also be available.

              Location:Lory Student Center Ballroom C & D
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              LGBT veterinarians and veterinary students face the same wellness issues just like any other veterinarian PLUS the history of oppression and discrimination and social determinants contribute to wellness disparities.LGBT health requires specific attention from properly trained and qualified health care and public health professionals to address a number of disparities.Life experiences and situations increase risk factors for suicide related behaviors in LGB young adults.
              Presenter Bio
              Dr. Chaddock received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Michigan State University (MSU) and an Executive Master’s Degree in Leadership from Georgetown University. He is currently serving on the National Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners and is the vice-president of the Lesbian and Gay Veterinary Medical Association.

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 300
              Mike Chaddock, dvm, eml
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              Experience breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountains, while dining on local food and sipping a famous Colorado micro-brew. Don’t miss this great opportunity to network and unwind, while enjoying the best of Fort Collins! Attendees will receive a complimentary drink from a selection of wines and beers, as well as a buffet dinner! A cash bar will also be available.

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              LGBT veterinarians and veterinary students face the same wellness issues just like any other veterinarian PLUS the history of oppression and discrimination and social determinants contribute to wellness disparities.LGBT health requires specific attention from properly trained and qualified health care and public health professionals to address a number of disparities.Life experiences and situations increase risk factors for suicide related behaviors in LGB young adults.
              Presenter Bio
              Dr. Chaddock received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Michigan State University (MSU) and an Executive Master’s Degree in Leadership from Georgetown University. He is currently serving on the National Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners and is the vice-president of the Lesbian and Gay Veterinary Medical Association.

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 304/306
              Mike CHaddock, dvm, eml
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              Experience breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountains, while dining on local food and sipping a famous Colorado microbrew. Don’t miss this great opportunity to network and unwind, while enjoying the best of Fort Collins! Attendees will receive a complimentary drink from a selection of wines and beers, as well as a buffet dinner! A cash bar will also be available.

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              This presentation presents the results of a study investigating the predictive role of mindfulness and self-compassion in veterinary student resilience. The capacity of Nonjudgmental and Nonreactive Mindfulness and Self-Compassion to predict higher resilience scores indicates that these strategies and attributes are important for veterinary student resilience. These results suggest that research and education programs aimed at investigating and strengthening these aspects of mindfulness and self-compassion may be effective in improving veterinary student resilience.
              Presenter Bio
              Associate Professor Susan Matthew is the Associate Chair of Veterinary Medical Education at Washington State University in the USA. Susan has a PhD in veterinary education and works collaboratively to lead international research and development of veterinary curricula, professional practice and outcomes assessment.

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 300
              Susan Matthew, phd, bvsc, bsc
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              The presentation will focus on outcomes surrounding Mind Body Therapy (MBT) and will detail characteristics of an ongoing project scheduled to complete data collection in December 2016. Analysis includes data accrued to date. Initial results support that Raising Mindfulness awareness can provide a new life approach in improving personal wellbeing for veterinary faculty, staff and students and, thus merits investing in MBTs as a daily practice.
              Presenter Bio
              Dr. Artemiou is currently an Assistant Professor of Clinical Communication in the Department of Clinical Sciences at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM). PhD in Medical Education. Dr. Artemiou has also developed and implemented outcome assessments to evaluate students’communication competence.

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 300
              Elpida Artemiou, phd, msc
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              21 Days of Happiness is based on Shawn Achor’s, author of “The Happiness Advantage,” research about training the mind to scan the world for the positive rather than the negative. The goal of our program is to inject some happiness into each student’s life through events that integrate community, learning new skills, and simply enjoying the moment. We focus on getting students out of the classroom or clinic to simply have fun with their peers and professors.
              Presenter Bio
              Colorado State University SCAVMA President, Colorado State University, CSU DVM Candidate Class of 2018.

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 300
              Jacquelyn Hunter
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              Veterinary students from the Washington-Idaho-Montana-Utah (WIMU) Regional Program in Veterinary Medicine who began their training at the Utah campus (2 years long) and had transferred for the second half of their training at the Washington campus (end of their 3rd year) were surveyed to assess what mechanisms helped them to most successfully integrate socially into their new cohort. More so than formal system level interventions, student-led efforts aimed at helping incoming students to integrate into their cohort were connected to greater perceived levels of group cohesion and social support in the incoming veterinary students. Veterinary programs should consider supporting and incentivizing veterinary cohorts to integrate incoming students into existing social and academic networks.
              Presenter Bio
              Steven Lucero is a Licensed Psychologist at Utah State University. He is the Director of Wellness for the School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM), Technology Coordinator for Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), and Chairperson for the University Diversity Council. Steve graduated with his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Bowling Green State University, clinical internship at the Southern Illinois University CAPS, and post-doctoral residency at USU CAPS.

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 300
              Steven Lucero, Phd
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              Psychological distress and suicide in the veterinary community has been well-documented and thoroughly discussed. In response, there are several examples of effective and admirable, but localized, interventions. These workshops will be devoted to brainstorming solutions and identifying viable possibilities for a coordinated nationwide effort.
              Presenter Bio
              John received his DVM from Texas A&M University in 1986 and completed a Master’s and residency program in veterinary anesthesiology. He is an inactive Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia. He returned to school to pursue a doctoral degree in clinical health psychology. He is currently a clinical counselor and postdoctoral fellow at Duke Integrative Medicine in Durham, NC.

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 322
              John Jacobson, phd, dvm, dacvaa
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              Your personal wellness matters just as much, if not more, than your patients. If you aren’t doing self-care, you are doing a disservice to your patients, staff, family and colleagues. You will learn how to create your own blueprint to personal well-being.
              Presenter Bio
              Dr. Jennifer Quammen is a small animal private practitioner in Kentucky. Along with her DVM and history as a Veterinary Technician, Jen holds a Master of Public Health, Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Bachelor of Science in Biology. Jen is co-founder of High Performance Living, a health and wellness business focused on veterinary professionals.

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 312
              Jennifer quammen, dvm, mph
              ryan smith, ms
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              Raise your awareness about how you react during times of surprise, upset or judgement by understanding your life experiences that live within the unconscious parts of our brain. Understanding the unconscious gives us new tools to engaging our clients, family, friends and self.
              Presenter Bio
              I work for National Veterinary Associates located in Agoura Hills, CA. NVA owns over 400 GP, Specialty and Emergency Hospitals in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 304/306
              turpin mott
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              Participation in family and community life is generally recognized as important to individual well-being and resilience; however, the time and attention required by these relationships may disrupt study schedules, contribute to on-going sleep deficits, and intensify feelings of stress reported by the majority of Auburn students during the academic term. Among survey participants, 77% had experienced a major life event or trauma within the preceding 12 months. Specific to stress experienced during the academic terms, 80% of students reported their average stress level as 7 (on a scale of 0-10), and 55% of students reported their maximum stress level as 9-10 (“completely unsustainable”).
              Presenter Bio
              Dr. Ostrowski joined the AU CVM faculty in 2013 after a 20-year career as a US Public Health Service officer, epidemiologist, and emergency public health responder at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Dr. Ostrowski is faculty coordinator for the DVM + MPH dual degree program, co-directs the AU undergraduate Minor in Public Health, and is faculty mentor for the One Health student organization.

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 308/310
              stephanie r. ostrowski, dvm, mpvm, dacvmp, fnap
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              Between January and April 2016, 8 out of 10 of the first year veterinary students (3 male and 5 female) voluntarily participated in this class. Of the 12 class topics covered, 9 were classroom based (CB) and 3 were activity based (AB). Students were given a FitBit on the first day of class and asked to monitor daily activity (steps), resting heart rate, and sleep time and patterns and report on them weekly. The class was considered worth attending and resulted in students being more aware of work-life balance.
              Presenter Bio
              1986 D.V.M.; 1986-1988 small animal private practice New York State; 1992 Ph.D., Nutrition; 1996 Diplomat American College of Veterinary Nutrition; 1992-1994 Instructor Clinical; co-director Community Practice Service Veterinary Teaching; Hospital, Cornell University:1994-1998 Assistant Professor Clinical Nutrition, Cornell University; 1998-2014 Senior Research Scientist, Nestle Purina, Salcha, AK; 2014-present Associate Dean, Department of Veterinary Medicine University of Alaska, Fairbanks (2+2program with Colorado State University).

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 308/310
              Arleigh reynolds
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              Results from a study exploring the presence of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s) in veterinary medicine will be shared. 1,118 students from across six academic institutions of veterinary medicine were explored. The relationship between number of ACES and rates of depression, stress, and age at which one chose to be a veterinarian will also be discussed.
              Presenter Bio
              Linda Lord, DVM, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Professional Programs, The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Lord is an associate professor in the department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine and currently serves as the Associate Dean for Professional Programs at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine (OSU-CVM) where she completed her DVM and Master’s degree in 1999 and her PhD in 2006.

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 308/310
              Linda Lord, dvm, phd
              jen brandt
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              Sensory processing sensitivity is a personality trait occurring in 20% of people and in animal populations. Increased awareness and processing of stimuli provides a positive outcome for a population, but such individuals are more easily over-aroused, which leads to stress if sustained. Identifying if you (a colleague, or a patient) have SPS enables you to capitalize on the trait’s singular abilities while minimizing the impact sensitivity in a busy veterinary and personal environment.
              Presenter Bio
              1983 Graduate Melbourne University Veterinary School; 2015 – current, UAF, Associate Professor Veterinary Medicine; Neuroscience research (myelin, neurobiology, neural cell culture), clinical neurology applied/clinical neuroanatomy/neurobiology and general anatomy teaching.

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 308/310
              christine e. thomson, bvsc, dip. acvim, dip. ecvn, phd
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              First there will be a description of techniques used to increase resilience by increasing parasympathetic tone. This will be followed by a guided meditation for approximately 10 minutes. Thus participants can experience the effect of these techniques first hand.
              Presenter Bio
              Tad Coles is certified as a Compassion Fatigue Professional (CCFP) and Missouri Recovery Support Specialist – Peer (MRSS-P). Dr. Coles founded Compassion Fatigue Coach (www.compassionfatiguecoach.com) in 2016. He also practices veterinary medicine part-time and works as a medical writer. He is located in Overland Park, Kansas.

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 322
              tad coles
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              Perfectionism is a common characteristic within the veterinary profession and can have both positive and negative impacts on the veterinarian-in-training. This table topic will address the relevant literature on perfectionistic personality characteristics, including the facilitators’ recent study completed at Mississippi State University, and discuss strategies and policies that can serve to bolster the positive and minimize the negative consequences of perfectionism. 
              Presenter Bio
              Chelsey Hess-Holden has a Master of Science Degree in marriage and family therapy.  She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist working part-time at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Mississippi State University while enrolled full-time as a doctoral student pursuing a PhD in Counselor Education with an emphasis in Clinical Mental Health.

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 312
              chelsey hess-holden, ms, lmft
              christy monaghan, phd, licensed psychologist
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              This informative and interactive presentation is designed for Veterinary Professionals who want to learn and understand more about how to usemindfulness practice and self-care strategies in their professional and personal everyday life.
              Presenter Bio
              Clinical Counsellor at Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph, Ontario, Canada and a private therapy practitioner.

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 308/310
              Bojena Kalmendi, msw, rsw

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              logistics

              Registration Check In

              Registration check-in will take place in front of the Main Ballroom at the Lory Student Center on the campus of Colorado State University Campus Friday, Nov. 4 beginning at 7 a.m.

              Parking

              In lieu of a physical parking permit, we are collecting license plate numbers for any vehicles that will be parked on-campus.  If you have your license plate number, but did not provide it during online registration, please email conferences@colostate.edu or call (970) 491-6222. If you need to wait until on-site registration to provide that information (if you’re renting a car, etc.) please come prepared with the license plate number. If you do not provide your license plate number prior to or at on-site conference registration, you will receive a parking violation. For further parking details and maps, please refer to CSU Parking & Transportation Services.

              Program Agenda

              The program will begin 7 a.m. Friday, Nov. 4, with registration and a continental breakfast. At 8 a.m., Dr. Stetter will provide an introduction; presentations will follow. The final session will conclude at noon on Sunday, Nov. 6.

              Transportation to the Conference

              Super Shuttle provides hourly service between DIA and Fort Collins with a stop at the Fort Collins Hilton.

              If you are driving to Fort Collins, take Exit 268 from I-25 and proceed west approximately 5 miles on Prospect Road to the Fort Collins Hilton.

              Lodging

              Nearby hotel options are available for your convenience. Several rooms have been blocked at the Best Western Fort Collins and the Fort Collins Hilton. Please make reservations early to secure your choice of lodging by visiting the Conference Services website.

              Meals

              Registration includes continental breakfast daily, lunch on Friday and Saturday, and the reception on Friday evening. There is an optional box lunch available on Sunday for a minimal charge. Meal plan packages cannot be broken for those who arrive late or choose to leave early.

              Continuing Education

              This program 833-26279 is approved by the AAVSB RACE to offer a total of 6.00 CE Credits (6.00 max) being available to any one veterinarian and/or 6.00 Veterinary Technician CE Credits (6.00 max) for the following presentations. This RACE approval is for the subject matter category of Non-Scientific-Practice Management/Professional Development.

              • Betsy Charles presents “Cracking the Perfectionism Code Among Veterinary Professionals”
              • Michele Gaspar presents “Where are we going and why are we in this handbasket?”
              • Joanne Roesner presents “Substance Abuse, Suicide and Mental Illness in Veterinarians and Veterinary Staff”
              • Lizzie Lockett presents “Mind Matters: Changing the Mood Music in the UK”
              • Gene Crumley presents “What do organizations need from their leaders?”
              • Kathleen Ruby et al present “Best Practices: Lessons Learned From Long Term Veterinary Counselors”

              Cancellation requests must be received by the Conference & Event Services by Oct. 14. Please refer to the Conference & Event Services website for cancellation dates and details.

              events

              5–7 p.m.  | Friday, Nov. 4

              Join us for a welcome reception at the Lory Student Center Ballroom on Friday, Nov. 4 from 5–7 p.m. The Lory Student Center is located in the heart of CSU’s campus. Experience breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountains, while dining on local food and sipping a famous Colorado microbrew. Don’t miss this great opportunity to network and unwind, while enjoying the best of Fort Collins! Attendees will receive a complimentary drink from a selection of wines and beers, as well as a buffet dinner! A cash bar will also be available.

              contact

              For questions regarding your registration, call (970) 491-6222, Fax (970) 491-3568 or e-mail conferences@colostate.edu.

              For program information, contact Laurie Fonken or Kelsey Bustos.

              For travel and lodging questions, please contact Cathy Mojahed.

              Exhibitors
              For more information regarding display space for this event, please contact Cathy Mojahed. Complete the Exhibitor Application here.

              Media Inquiries
              Journalists interested in attending as part of the media should contact Mary Guiden.