Online registration now closed

Online registration is now closed for the AAVMC Veterinary Health and Wellness Summit. We will be taking walk-in registrations at the event, starting 7 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 4. Questions about registration should be directed to CSU Conference Services at (970) 491-6222.

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.

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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

              program schedule

              7:00 am - 7:50 am
              Registration and Continental Breakfast

              Location:Lory Student Center Ballroom C & D

              Location:Lory Student Center Ballroom C & D

              Title: Where Are We Going And Why Are We In This Hand Basket?

              At the end of the presentation, participants will be able to:
              1. Understand the perceived and real magnitude of mental health issues among veterinary students and veterinarians.
              2. Be familiar with narratives that may impact the suitability of individuals for veterinary medical work.
              3. Understand new considerations for how mental health impacts sustainability in the profession.

              Presenter Bio:
              Dr. Michele Gaspar is a board certified feline specialist and a practicing psychotherapist. She is a 1994 graduate of the School of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Wisconsin -Madison and has been a diplomat of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (Feline Specialty) since 2002. She is a full-time employee of the Veterinary Information Network (VIN), where she serves as a consultant in Feline Internal Medicine and is a member of Vets4Vets, a service of the VIN Foundation that helps veterinary students and veterinarians with professional and personal issues. Dr. Gaspar also has developed and facilitates an annual course on mindfulness meditation for veterinarians and is the developer and facilitator of the "Healthy Clinicians Course" on VIN. She received her MA in pastoral counseling from Loyola University/Chicago in 2012 and is a psychotherapist with Live Oak Chicago. Dr. Gaspar is a graduate of the Adult Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program of the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis.

              Michele Gaspar, DVM, DABVP, MA, LPC

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 304/306

              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 five 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.

              Jocey Pronko, LVT, VTS, ECC

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 300

              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 mixedmethods educational research.

              Terry Spencer, DVM, Med. Ron DelMoro, PhD, LMHC

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 308/310

              Wellness counselors from the Washington-Idaho-Montana-Utah regional program in veterinary medicine will present and guide discussion on providing outreach workshops aimed at enhancing resiliency in veterinary students across the micro, mezzo, and macro systems of veterinary school. Self-care interventions, building a sense of community with colleagues, and increasing formal systemic support from the veterinary school will be the focus of how wellness counselors can use workshops to help students cope more effectively with veterinary school distress.

              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.

              Steven Lucero, PhD Bethany Colaprete, Ed. S., LMHC

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 324

              While most of us have the latest technology in our pocket or purse constantly, it has become a source of constant distraction in our modern society. How about if we begin to use that technology to help us achieve a more focused, and less distracted brain? Veterinary professionals are data driven, they want to see that the changes they are making are effective. This session will show you some new technologies that are available to everyone, teach you to regain control of your thoughts, and develop an awareness of your stress response vs stress reaction.

              Presenter Bio:
              Mr. Ryan Smith is co-founder of High Performance Living, a health and wellness business focused on veterinary professionals. Ryan’s decades of human performance background includes a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology and a Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Science/Physical Education, and advanced certifications from the American College of Sports Medicine, National Academy of Sports Medicine, USA Track and Field, and the International Foot and Gait Education Council. Ryan specializes in mental performance with certifications in Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP), Food Psychology and Hypnosis.

              Ryan A. Smith MS, CPT, Co-Founder High Performance Living LLC

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 300

              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.

              Kimberly Pope-Robinson, DVM, CCFP

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 304/306

              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.

              Mike Chaddock, DVM, EML

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 312

              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.
              Mr. Ryan Smith is co-founder of High Performance Living, a health and wellness business focused on veterinary professionals. Ryan’s decades of human performance background includes a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology and a Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Science/Physical Education, and advanced certifications from the American College of Sports Medicine, National Academy of Sports Medicine, USA Track and Field, and the International Foot and Gait Education Council. Ryan specializes in mental performance with certifications in Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP), Food Psychology and Hypnosis.

              Jennifer Quammen, DVM, MPH Ryan A. Smith MS, CPT, Co-Founder High Performance Living LLC

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 308/310

              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.

              Monika Goetz, BSc, MSc, Student Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 308/310

              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.

              Karen Gruszynski, DVM, MPH, PhD, DACVPM

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 324

              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.

              Tad Coles, DVM, MRSS-P, CCFP

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 308/310

              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.

              Katherine Goldberg, DVM, MSW in progress

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 322

              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.

              Marie Holowaychuk, DVM, DACVECC, CYT

              Location:Lory Student Center Ballroom C & D

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 304/306

              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).

              Rebecca Rose, CVT

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 308/310

              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.
              Janel Lang, MS. is the Director of the Career, Leadership, and Wellness Center for the School of Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis.
              Roxana Bordar is a third-year student in the School of Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis. She is president of the Health and Wellness Club and student representative for the California Veterinary Medical Association.
              Navneet Saini is a second-year student in the School of Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis. She is the SAVMA delegate for UC Davis, Grant Coordinator for the Wellness Committee for SAVMA, and an AVMA student representative.
              Melissa Rothstein is currently working part-time as the Student Programs Coordinator. She was the founding Co-President for the Health and Wellness Club in the School of Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis.

              Zachary Ward, PhD Janel Lang, MS Roxana Bordar, DVM Student Navneet Saini, DVM Student Melissa Rothstein

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 312

              Mindfulness, or maintaining one’s awareness in the here and now, has been shown to have dramatic beneficial effects on physical and mental well-being. 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.

              Marie Holowaychuk, DVM, DACVECC, CYT

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 300

              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.
              Dr. Monaghan is a Clinical Psychologist licensed both in Mississippi and in Florida.

              Chelsey Hess-Holden, MS, LMFT Christy Monaghan, PhD, Licensed Psychologist

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 304/306

              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.

              Marie Holowaychuk, DVM, DACVECC, CYT

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 308/310

              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.  

              Chase Weldon, M.Ed., NCC

              Location:Meet in front of Lory Student Center Ballroom C & D

              CSU Student Run

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 322

              HABIC

              Location:Lory Student Center Ballroom C & D

              Title: What do organizations need from their leaders?

              Objectives:
              To be led well, an organization needs several things from its leaders:
              1. A strong and clear ethical compass, which means (among other things) putting the needs of the organization, and the people in it, ahead of (or at least on a par with) the leader’s needs. A very wise retired colonel (US Marines) taught me this idea years ago with a very simple phrase, "Leaders eat last..."
              2. A deep emotional well of courage, which is the result of being vulnerable.
              3. Emotional Intelligence (EQ) and General Intelligence (IQ) with the former being more important than the later.

              Presenter Bio:
              Gene Crumley is the Director of Leadership Development at the UC Davis School of Medicine. He also serves as the Director of Leadership Programs at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to academic appointment in the school of medicine, Crumley served as the Department Chair for Business & Leadership at UC Davis Extension (professional and continuing education). From 1983 to 1996, Crumley served in a variety of leadership roles with Habitat for Humanity, including Director of Development and Director of New Program Development. Crumley is also an ordained Presbyterian minister, with advanced degrees in divinity and theology.

              Gene Crumley, DIRECTOR OF LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT, SCHOOL OF MEDICINE, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, DAVIS

              Location:Lory Student Center Ballroom C & D

              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.

              7:00 am - 7:50 am
              Registration and Continental Breakfast

              Location:Lory Student Center Ballroom C & D

              Location:Lory Student Center Ballroom C & D

              Title: Where Are We Going And Why Are We In This Hand Basket?

              At the end of the presentation, participants will be able to:
              1. Understand the perceived and real magnitude of mental health issues among veterinary students and veterinarians.
              2. Be familiar with narratives that may impact the suitability of individuals for veterinary medical work.
              3. Understand new considerations for how mental health impacts sustainability in the profession.

              Presenter Bio:
              Dr. Michele Gaspar is a board certified feline specialist and a practicing psychotherapist. She is a 1994 graduate of the School of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Wisconsin -Madison and has been a diplomat of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (Feline Specialty) since 2002. She is a full-time employee of the Veterinary Information Network (VIN), where she serves as a consultant in Feline Internal Medicine and is a member of Vets4Vets, a service of the VIN Foundation that helps veterinary students and veterinarians with professional and personal issues. Dr. Gaspar also has developed and facilitates an annual course on mindfulness meditation for veterinarians and is the developer and facilitator of the "Healthy Clinicians Course" on VIN. She received her MA in pastoral counseling from Loyola University/Chicago in 2012 and is a psychotherapist with Live Oak Chicago. Dr. Gaspar is a graduate of the Adult Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program of the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis.

              Michele Gaspar, DVM, DABVP, MA, LPC

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 312

              Shift work and on-call are realities of 24-hour veterinary practice, but can have tremendously detrimental effects on physical and mental well-being. This session will be a lecture-based presentation and will provide evidence-based information regarding the impact on health and wellness. Discussion of ways to decrease sleep deprivation and maintain alertness during shift work, as well as personality traits that make adaptation to shift-work and on-call less suitable will be included.

              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.

              Marie Holowaychuk, DVM, DACVECC, CYT

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 304/306

              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 five 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.

              Jocey Pronko, LVT, VTS, ECC

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 300

              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 mixedmethods educational research.

              Terry Spencer, DVM, Med. Ron DelMoro, PhD, LMHC

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 308/310

              Wellness counselors from the Washington-Idaho-Montana-Utah regional program in veterinary medicine will present and guide discussion on providing outreach workshops aimed at enhancing resiliency in veterinary students across the micro, mezzo, and macro systems of veterinary school. Self-care interventions, building a sense of community with colleagues, and increasing formal systemic support from the veterinary school will be the focus of how wellness counselors can use workshops to help students cope more effectively with veterinary school distress.

              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.

              Steven Lucero, PhD Bethany Colaprete, Ed. S., LMHC

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 324

              While most of us have the latest technology in our pocket or purse constantly, it has become a source of constant distraction in our modern society. How about if we begin to use that technology to help us achieve a more focused, and less distracted brain? Veterinary professionals are data driven, they want to see that the changes they are making are effective. This session will show you some new technologies that are available to everyone, teach you to regain control of your thoughts, and develop an awareness of your stress response vs stress reaction.

              Presenter Bio:
              Mr. Ryan Smith is co-founder of High Performance Living, a health and wellness business focused on veterinary professionals. Ryan’s decades of human performance background includes a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology and a Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Science/Physical Education, and advanced certifications from the American College of Sports Medicine, National Academy of Sports Medicine, USA Track and Field, and the International Foot and Gait Education Council. Ryan specializes in mental performance with certifications in Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP), Food Psychology and Hypnosis.

              Ryan A. Smith MS, CPT, Co-Founder High Performance Living LLC

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 300

              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.

              Kimberly Pope-Robinson, DVM, CCFP

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 304/306

              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.

              Mike Chaddock, DVM, EML

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 312

              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.
              Mr. Ryan Smith is co-founder of High Performance Living, a health and wellness business focused on veterinary professionals. Ryan’s decades of human performance background includes a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology and a Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Science/Physical Education, and advanced certifications from the American College of Sports Medicine, National Academy of Sports Medicine, USA Track and Field, and the International Foot and Gait Education Council. Ryan specializes in mental performance with certifications in Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP), Food Psychology and Hypnosis.

              Jennifer Quammen, DVM, MPH Ryan A. Smith MS, CPT, Co-Founder High Performance Living LLC

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 308/310

              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.

              Monika Goetz, BSc, MSc, Student Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 308/310

              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.

              Karen Gruszynski, DVM, MPH, PhD, DACVPM

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 324

              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.

              Tad Coles, DVM, MRSS-P, CCFP

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 308/310

              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.

              Katherine Goldberg, DVM, MSW in progress

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 322

              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.

              Marie Holowaychuk, DVM, DACVECC, CYT

              Location:Lory Student Center Ballroom C & D

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 300

              Fear-free veterinary visits are all the rage, but what about the human side of that? If we cannot manage the fear of the humans delivering veterinary care and services, our patients are still at risk. Learn how to control your fear so our patients don’t suffer needlessly.

              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.
              Mr. Ryan Smith is co-founder of High Performance Living, a health and wellness business focused on veterinary professionals. Ryan’s decades of human performance background includes a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology and a Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Science/Physical Education, and advanced certifications from the American College of Sports Medicine, National Academy of Sports Medicine, USA Track & Field, and the International Foot and Gait Education Council. Ryan specializes in mental performance with certifications in Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP), Food Psychology and Hypnosis.

              Jennifer Quammen, DVM, MPH Ryan A. Smith MS, CPT, Co-Founder High Performance Living LLC

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 304/306

              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).

              Rebecca Rose, CVT

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 308/310

              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.
              Janel Lang, MS. is the Director of the Career, Leadership, and Wellness Center for the School of Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis.
              Roxana Bordar is a third-year student in the School of Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis. She is president of the Health and Wellness Club and student representative for the California Veterinary Medical Association.
              Navneet Saini is a second-year student in the School of Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis. She is the SAVMA delegate for UC Davis, Grant Coordinator for the Wellness Committee for SAVMA, and an AVMA student representative.
              Melissa Rothstein is currently working part-time as the Student Programs Coordinator. She was the founding Co-President for the Health and Wellness Club in the School of Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis.

              Zachary Ward, PhD Janel Lang, MS Roxana Bordar, DVM Student Navneet Saini, DVM Student Melissa Rothstein

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 312

              Mindfulness, or maintaining one’s awareness in the here and now, has been shown to have dramatic beneficial effects on physical and mental well-being. 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.

              Marie Holowaychuk, DVM, DACVECC, CYT

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 300

              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.
              Dr. Monaghan is a Clinical Psychologist licensed both in Mississippi and in Florida.

              Chelsey Hess-Holden, MS, LMFT Christy Monaghan, PhD, Licensed Psychologist

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 304/306

              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.

              Marie Holowaychuk, DVM, DACVECC, CYT

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 312

              This is a presentation on the stresses of a career in veterinary medicine from the author’s perspective, with discussion on ways to protect oneself from compassion fatigue and burnout, and dialogue on improving our work-life balance.

              Presenter Bio:
              Dr. Seggerman graduated from Colorado State University as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1992, and has spent most of her career in private practice. She spent four years in mixed practices after graduation before entering the US Army Veterinary Corps for a five year tour. Afterwards, she returned to private practice, first as a small animal clinician, and then spending the last 11 years in emergency medicine and relief work. Her career has allowed her to experience many aspects of veterinary medicine and provided her with a variety of perspectives on the difficulties of serving the public in our profession.

              Teresa M. Seggerman, DVM

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 308/310

              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.  

              Chase Weldon, M.Ed., NCC

              Location:Meet in front of Lory Student Center Ballroom C & D

              CSU Student Run

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 324

              This lecture will take the audience through the emotional journey of providing clarity of the struggle within the veterinary industry in finding career contentment. Leading the audience into the concepts of creating the path for self-forgiveness, and begin the acknowledgment of the emotional barriers present for each of us. Therefore helping to provide the bridge to each individual in developing their own personal journey to career resiliency. Helping to move from the culture of Name, Blame, Judge to the approach of Recognize, Embrace, Connect.

              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.

              Kimberly Pope-Robinson, DVM, CCFP

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 322

              HABIC

              Location:Lory Student Center Ballroom C & D

              Title: What do organizations need from their leaders?

              Objectives:
              To be led well, an organization needs several things from its leaders:
              1. A strong and clear ethical compass, which means (among other things) putting the needs of the organization, and the people in it, ahead of (or at least on a par with) the leader’s needs. A very wise retired colonel (US Marines) taught me this idea years ago with a very simple phrase, "Leaders eat last..."
              2. A deep emotional well of courage, which is the result of being vulnerable.
              3. Emotional Intelligence (EQ) and General Intelligence (IQ) with the former being more important than the later.

              Presenter Bio:
              Gene Crumley is the Director of Leadership Development at the UC Davis School of Medicine. He also serves as the Director of Leadership Programs at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to academic appointment in the school of medicine, Crumley served as the Department Chair for Business & Leadership at UC Davis Extension (professional and continuing education). From 1983 to 1996, Crumley served in a variety of leadership roles with Habitat for Humanity, including Director of Development and Director of New Program Development. Crumley is also an ordained Presbyterian minister, with advanced degrees in divinity and theology.

              Gene Crumley, DIRECTOR OF LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT, SCHOOL OF MEDICINE, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, DAVIS

              Location:Lory Student Center Ballroom C & D

              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.

              7:00 am - 7:50 am
              Registration and Continental Breakfast

              Location:Lory Student Center Ballroom C & D

              Location:Lory Student Center Ballroom C & D

              Title: Where Are We Going And Why Are We In This Hand Basket?

              At the end of the presentation, participants will be able to:
              1. Understand the perceived and real magnitude of mental health issues among veterinary students and veterinarians.
              2. Be familiar with narratives that may impact the suitability of individuals for veterinary medical work.
              3. Understand new considerations for how mental health impacts sustainability in the profession.

              Presenter Bio:
              Dr. Michele Gaspar is a board certified feline specialist and a practicing psychotherapist. She is a 1994 graduate of the School of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Wisconsin -Madison and has been a diplomat of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (Feline Specialty) since 2002. She is a full-time employee of the Veterinary Information Network (VIN), where she serves as a consultant in Feline Internal Medicine and is a member of Vets4Vets, a service of the VIN Foundation that helps veterinary students and veterinarians with professional and personal issues. Dr. Gaspar also has developed and facilitates an annual course on mindfulness meditation for veterinarians and is the developer and facilitator of the "Healthy Clinicians Course" on VIN. She received her MA in pastoral counseling from Loyola University/Chicago in 2012 and is a psychotherapist with Live Oak Chicago. Dr. Gaspar is a graduate of the Adult Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program of the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis.

              Michele Gaspar, DVM, DABVP, MA, LPC

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 304/306

              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 five 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.

              Jocey Pronko, LVT, VTS, ECC

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 300

              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 mixedmethods educational research.

              Terry Spencer, DVM, Med. Ron DelMoro, PhD, LMHC

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 308/310

              Wellness counselors from the Washington-Idaho-Montana-Utah regional program in veterinary medicine will present and guide discussion on providing outreach workshops aimed at enhancing resiliency in veterinary students across the micro, mezzo, and macro systems of veterinary school. Self-care interventions, building a sense of community with colleagues, and increasing formal systemic support from the veterinary school will be the focus of how wellness counselors can use workshops to help students cope more effectively with veterinary school distress.

              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.

              Steven Lucero, PhD Bethany Colaprete, Ed. S., LMHC

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 324

              While most of us have the latest technology in our pocket or purse constantly, it has become a source of constant distraction in our modern society. How about if we begin to use that technology to help us achieve a more focused, and less distracted brain? Veterinary professionals are data driven, they want to see that the changes they are making are effective. This session will show you some new technologies that are available to everyone, teach you to regain control of your thoughts, and develop an awareness of your stress response vs stress reaction.

              Presenter Bio:
              Mr. Ryan Smith is co-founder of High Performance Living, a health and wellness business focused on veterinary professionals. Ryan’s decades of human performance background includes a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology and a Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Science/Physical Education, and advanced certifications from the American College of Sports Medicine, National Academy of Sports Medicine, USA Track and Field, and the International Foot and Gait Education Council. Ryan specializes in mental performance with certifications in Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP), Food Psychology and Hypnosis.

              Ryan A. Smith MS, CPT, Co-Founder High Performance Living LLC

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 300

              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.

              Kimberly Pope-Robinson, DVM, CCFP

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 304/306

              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.

              Mike Chaddock, DVM, EML

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 312

              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.
              Mr. Ryan Smith is co-founder of High Performance Living, a health and wellness business focused on veterinary professionals. Ryan’s decades of human performance background includes a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology and a Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Science/Physical Education, and advanced certifications from the American College of Sports Medicine, National Academy of Sports Medicine, USA Track and Field, and the International Foot and Gait Education Council. Ryan specializes in mental performance with certifications in Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP), Food Psychology and Hypnosis.

              Jennifer Quammen, DVM, MPH Ryan A. Smith MS, CPT, Co-Founder High Performance Living LLC

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 308/310

              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.

              Monika Goetz, BSc, MSc, Student Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 308/310

              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.

              Karen Gruszynski, DVM, MPH, PhD, DACVPM

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 324

              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.

              Tad Coles, DVM, MRSS-P, CCFP

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 308/310

              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.

              Katherine Goldberg, DVM, MSW in progress

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 322

              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.

              Marie Holowaychuk, DVM, DACVECC, CYT

              Location:Lory Student Center Ballroom C & D

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 304/306

              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).

              Rebecca Rose, CVT

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 308/310

              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.
              Janel Lang, MS. is the Director of the Career, Leadership, and Wellness Center for the School of Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis.
              Roxana Bordar is a third-year student in the School of Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis. She is president of the Health and Wellness Club and student representative for the California Veterinary Medical Association.
              Navneet Saini is a second-year student in the School of Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis. She is the SAVMA delegate for UC Davis, Grant Coordinator for the Wellness Committee for SAVMA, and an AVMA student representative.
              Melissa Rothstein is currently working part-time as the Student Programs Coordinator. She was the founding Co-President for the Health and Wellness Club in the School of Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis.

              Zachary Ward, PhD Janel Lang, MS Roxana Bordar, DVM Student Navneet Saini, DVM Student Melissa Rothstein

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 312

              Mindfulness, or maintaining one’s awareness in the here and now, has been shown to have dramatic beneficial effects on physical and mental well-being. 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.

              Marie Holowaychuk, DVM, DACVECC, CYT

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 300

              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.
              Dr. Monaghan is a Clinical Psychologist licensed both in Mississippi and in Florida.

              Chelsey Hess-Holden, MS, LMFT Christy Monaghan, PhD, Licensed Psychologist

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 304/306

              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.

              Marie Holowaychuk, DVM, DACVECC, CYT

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 312

              This is a presentation on the stresses of a career in veterinary medicine from the author’s perspective, with discussion on ways to protect oneself from compassion fatigue and burnout, and dialogue on improving our work-life balance.

              Presenter Bio:
              Dr. Seggerman graduated from Colorado State University as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1992, and has spent most of her career in private practice. She spent four years in mixed practices after graduation before entering the US Army Veterinary Corps for a five year tour. Afterwards, she returned to private practice, first as a small animal clinician, and then spending the last 11 years in emergency medicine and relief work. Her career has allowed her to experience many aspects of veterinary medicine and provided her with a variety of perspectives on the difficulties of serving the public in our profession.

              Teresa M. Seggerman, DVM

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 308/310

              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.  

              Chase Weldon, M.Ed., NCC

              Location:Meet in front of Lory Student Center Ballroom C & D

              CSU Student Run

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 324

              This lecture will take the audience through the emotional journey of providing clarity of the struggle within the veterinary industry in finding career contentment. Leading the audience into the concepts of creating the path for self-forgiveness, and begin the acknowledgment of the emotional barriers present for each of us. Therefore helping to provide the bridge to each individual in developing their own personal journey to career resiliency. Helping to move from the culture of Name, Blame, Judge to the approach of Recognize, Embrace, Connect.

              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.

              Kimberly Pope-Robinson, DVM, CCFP

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 322

              HABIC

              Location:Lory Student Center Ballroom C & D

              Title: What do organizations need from their leaders?

              Objectives:
              To be led well, an organization needs several things from its leaders:
              1. A strong and clear ethical compass, which means (among other things) putting the needs of the organization, and the people in it, ahead of (or at least on a par with) the leader’s needs. A very wise retired colonel (US Marines) taught me this idea years ago with a very simple phrase, "Leaders eat last..."
              2. A deep emotional well of courage, which is the result of being vulnerable.
              3. Emotional Intelligence (EQ) and General Intelligence (IQ) with the former being more important than the later.

              Presenter Bio:
              Gene Crumley is the Director of Leadership Development at the UC Davis School of Medicine. He also serves as the Director of Leadership Programs at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to academic appointment in the school of medicine, Crumley served as the Department Chair for Business & Leadership at UC Davis Extension (professional and continuing education). From 1983 to 1996, Crumley served in a variety of leadership roles with Habitat for Humanity, including Director of Development and Director of New Program Development. Crumley is also an ordained Presbyterian minister, with advanced degrees in divinity and theology.

              Gene Crumley, DIRECTOR OF LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT, SCHOOL OF MEDICINE, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, DAVIS

              Location:Lory Student Center Ballroom C & D

              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.

              Location:Clark A 101

              Title: Mind Matters: Changing the Mood Music in the UK

              Objectives: The presentation will outline the Mind Matters Initiative and explain how we are trying to change the culture of the UK veterinary profession so that members of the veterinary team with stress and mental health issues feel able to seek help earlier and have a better understanding of where to go for support, and that such support is as accessible as possible. We will also look at measures being taken to develop resilience, improve mental health awareness and, perhaps most importantly, address sources and triggers for stress and mental ill-health in veterinary life.

              Presenter Bio:
              Lizzie joined the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), the regulatory body for the veterinary professions in the UK, in February 2005. She brought with her 13 years’ experience working across Europe in marketing, public relations, corporate communications and public affairs, in sectors including animal health, agriculture and the environment.
              In autumn 2014 Lizzie set up the Mind Matters Initiative (MMI), alongside its Chair, Neil Smith. MMI aims to make a difference to the mental health and well-being of members of the veterinary team and Lizzie runs the program on a day-to-day basis. Since its launch, MMI has rapidly become a well-established brand in the UK veterinary sector, stimulating a change in culture and openness around mental health and well-being. The initiative has also attracted attention from the veterinary profession outside the UK, and other UK professions, including from the human health and the legal sectors.
              Lizzie runs the Mind Matters Initiative alongside her ‘day job’ as Director of Strategic Communications for the College. The role of Lizzie and her team is to develop and maintain a customer-focused approach to the College’s communications, and to improve the effectiveness of RCVS communication both within and outside the veterinary profession.
              Lizzie holds a degree in English Language and Literature from St John’s College, Oxford, a postgraduate qualification in journalism and diplomas in the History of Art.

              Lizzie Lockett, PROJECT DIRECTOR, MIND MATTERS INITIATIVE, STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR, ROYAL COLLEGE OF VETERINARY SURGEONS

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 300

              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.
              Dr. Sanaa Zaki is Senior Lecturer in Professional Practice and Sub Dean Post Graduate Studies (Coursework) in the Faculty of Veterinary Science, at the University of Sydney. Sanaa completed a Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies (Higher Education) in 2005, and was appointed Director of the University Veterinary Teaching Hospital-Sydney in 2009. Sanaa is currently completing a PhD investigating the mechanisms of osteoarthritis pain.

              Susan Matthew, PhD, BVSc, BSc Sanaa Zaki, BVSc, MACVSc, GradCertEdStud (Higher Ed.)

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 324

              This session will provide simple, straightforward guidelines to help you help colleagues who may be experiencing excessive psychological distress. Identifying good mental health professionals in your area will help you avoid the urge to fix complicated behavioral problems in your staff. This session will work to increase awareness of occupational practices that encourage well-being (and those that do not). Helping colleagues in distress requires recognizing the signs of psychological distress as well as the behaviors and environment that maintain it. We will discuss appropriate responses to colleagues having difficulties, identify ways to increase healthy communication and support for staff members regarding mental health, and provide information on how to identify appropriate resources. The role of mentors, role models, practice decision makers, and state and national programs to facilitate changes in the culture will be addressed. Participation in small group discussion is encouraged but not required.

              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.

              John Jacobson, PhD, DVM, DACVAA

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 312

              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.
              Mr. Ryan Smith is co-founder of High Performance Living, a health and wellness business focused on veterinary professionals. Ryan’s decades of human performance background includes a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology and a Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Science/Physical Education, and advanced certifications from the American College of Sports Medicine, National Academy of Sports Medicine, USA Track & Field, and the International Foot and Gait Education Council. Ryan specializes in mental performance with certifications in Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP), Food Psychology and Hypnosis.

              Jennifer Quammen, DVM, MPH Ryan A. Smith MS, CPT, Co-Founder High Performance Living LLC

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 304/306

              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.

              Turpin Mott

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 308/310

              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 seven (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.

              Stephanie R. Ostrowski, DVM, MPVM, DACVMP, FNAP

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 322

              Holistic Yoga

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 376/378

              CSU Student Run

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 300

              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.

              Elpida Artemiou, PhD, MSc

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 308/310

              Between January and April 2016, eight out of 10 of the first year veterinary students (three male and five female) voluntarily participated in this class. Of the 12 class topics covered, nine were classroom based (CB) and three 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:
              Arleigh Reynolds
              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)
              Chris Thomson
              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.

              Arleigh Reynolds, DVM, PhD, DACVN Chris Thomson, BVSc, DipACVIM, DipECVN, PhD

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 300

              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.
              Colorado State University Senior SAVMA Delegate, Colorado State University SCAVMA Vice-President, Colorado Sate University, CSU DVM Candidate Class of 2018.

              Jacquelyn Hunter Kaitlyn McNamara

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 308/310

              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.
              Jen Brandt, MSW, LISW-S, Ph.D., Director of Individual and Organizational Development, The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Brandt previously served as a medical social worker, educator and researcher specializing in work with survivors of crime and trauma and bereavement facilitation. She received her bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Indianapolis and her master’s and doctoral degrees in social work from The Ohio State University.

              Linda Lord, DVM, Ph.D. Jen Brandt

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 300

              Veterinary students from the Washington-Idaho-Montana-Utah (WIMU) Regional Program in Veterinary Medicine who began their training at the Utah campus (two years long) and had transferred for the second half of their training at the Washington campus (end of their third 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.

              Steven Lucero, PhD

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 308/310

              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.

              Christine E. Thomson, BVSc, DipACVIM, DipECVN, PhD

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 376/378

              Lori Kehoe, RD – Natural Grocers

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 322

              Get your heart pumping with fast-paced dancing presented by our own CSU faculty member.

              Presenter Bio:
              Dr. Sarah Shropshire is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Clinical Sciences department at Colorado State University.

              Sarah Shrophsire

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 300

              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 in 2016. He also practices veterinary medicine part-time and works as a medical writer. He is located in Overland Park, Kansas.

              Tad Coles, DVM, MRSS-P, CCFP

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 322

              Learn how to put together a 5k race at your institution.

              Christi Leong Jessica Liao

              Location:Lory Student Center Cherokee Park Ballroom

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 376/378

              Come get creative with us! We’ll have coloring and craft supplies available to relax and get in touch with your creative side.

              CSU Student Run

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 300

              This workshop offers a live Finding Meaning in Veterinary Medicine Group session, a monthly gathering of veterinary colleagues who converse on a chosen topic related to the practice of veterinary medicine, such as grief, self-care and service. Attend this workshop to take care of yourself, connect with colleagues or to support your veterinary students.

              Presenter Bio:
              Jane R. Shaw, DVM, PhD is a recognized expert in veterinarian-client-patient interactions. Dr. Shaw received her veterinary degree from Michigan State University and received her PhD in Epidemiology at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada.

              Jane Shaw, DVM, PhD

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 304/306

              The ways in which veterinary practices handle end of life issues has a surprisingly formidable impact on team wellness and the practice environment. This workshop will address the unique set of ethical considerations that veterinarians face on a daily basis in regards to end of life care, and provide a framework for understanding and discussing ethical dilemmas within veterinary organizations.

              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.

              Katherine Goldberg, DVM, MSW in progress

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 324

              Caregivers, including veterinarians, suffer from a high level of emotional stress, burnout, and empathy fatigue which can lead to serious negative affects on health, career, and ability to care for self and others. Mindfulness has proven benefits to promote self-care and methods to deal with stress and empathy fatigue. Mindfulness can also enhance patient care by empowering clinicians to maintain an open, clear, and attentive mind in interactions with patients and clients. This presentation will provide an overview of mindfulness and meditation and how practicing mindfulness can lead to becoming a better, more resilient veterinarian and a meaningful life. 

              Presenter Bio:
              Derralyn Rennix, DVM is a companion animal practitioner and owner of Poland Animal Hospital. She is a 2001 NCSU-CVM graduate. Dr. Rennix advocates for veterinary profession through roles on AVMA HOD, State VMA, and Veterinary Medical Loan Repayment Program and Wellness issues. Dr. Rennix enjoys life with her husband and two whippets on a Maine wild blueberry farm. She and her husband are certified mindfulness and meditation instructors and host retreats at their farm.

              Derralyn Rennix

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 308/310

              Arleigh Reynolds, DVM, PhD, DACVN Christine E. Thomson, BVSc, DipACVIM, DipECVN, PhD

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 324

              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. Dr. Monaghan is a Clinical Psychologist licensed both in Mississippi and in Florida.

              Christy Monaghan, PhD, Licensed Psychologist Chelsey Hess-Holden, MS, LMFT

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 322

              Jazzercize Fort Collins

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 324

              Gratitude goes beyond simply being thankful, but is a readiness to show appreciation for things in life. Come join in this interactive session demonstrating a simple exercise to practice gratitude and to share kindness and appreciation with others.

              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.

              Marie Holowaychuk, DVM, DACVECC, CYT

              Location:Clark A 101

              Title: Cracking the Perfectionism Code among Veterinary Professionals - The Tie Between Effective Personal Leadership and Well-Being in Veterinary Medicine

              Objective: Using real world examples, Dr. Charles will unify the themes presented throughout the conference such that attendees can better understand how words, vulnerability, and emotional intelligence as well as appropriate well-being support and encouragement can set the stage for success in veterinary school and practice.

              Presenter Bio:
              Dr. Charles holds a master’s degree in Organization Leadership and pairs that expertise with veterinary medicine to help veterinary professionals understand how emotionally intelligent servant leaders can facilitate the development of high functioning organizations. She has presented on leadership topics at the state and national level in numerous venues including over half of the veterinary colleges in the U.S., numerous state VMA’s, the AAEP national convention, NAVC, and the AVMA-VLC. She has served on the AVMA’s Council on Communication, the AAEP’s Leadership Development Committee and is just finishing her commitment on the AAEP’s Student Programs Task Force.

              Elizabeth “Betsy” Charles, DVM, MA

              Location:James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital

              Colorado State University’s Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Program is one of the top veterinary programs in the country, ranking No. 3, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 Best Graduate School edition.
              The James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital is the setting for clinical rotations during a veterinary student’s third and fourth years in the DVM Program. The CSU VTH has been committed to teaching, research, outreach and clinical services for 109 years. The building houses world-renowned research institutions, such as the Flint Animal Cancer Center and first-of-its-kind Argus Institute. The hospital is proud of their advancement in translational medicine and customer satisfaction.
              Please join us for a tour of the CSU VTH on Saturday, Nov. 5. Bus transportation is provided to and from the hospital. Buses will depart the Morgan Library Parking Lot and arrive at the Flint Animal Cancer Center. Refreshments will be provided at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital.
              Students: Please board the first bus departing from the Morgan Library Parking lot at 4:45 PM. The student bus will take participants to the Rio Grande Student Reception following the 5 PM tours.
              All other participants: Please board the tour bus departing the Morgan Library parking lot at 5:45 PM.

              Location:Clark A 101

              Title: Mind Matters: Changing the Mood Music in the UK

              Objectives: The presentation will outline the Mind Matters Initiative and explain how we are trying to change the culture of the UK veterinary profession so that members of the veterinary team with stress and mental health issues feel able to seek help earlier and have a better understanding of where to go for support, and that such support is as accessible as possible. We will also look at measures being taken to develop resilience, improve mental health awareness and, perhaps most importantly, address sources and triggers for stress and mental ill-health in veterinary life.

              Presenter Bio:
              Lizzie joined the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), the regulatory body for the veterinary professions in the UK, in February 2005. She brought with her 13 years’ experience working across Europe in marketing, public relations, corporate communications and public affairs, in sectors including animal health, agriculture and the environment.
              In autumn 2014 Lizzie set up the Mind Matters Initiative (MMI), alongside its Chair, Neil Smith. MMI aims to make a difference to the mental health and well-being of members of the veterinary team and Lizzie runs the program on a day-to-day basis. Since its launch, MMI has rapidly become a well-established brand in the UK veterinary sector, stimulating a change in culture and openness around mental health and well-being. The initiative has also attracted attention from the veterinary profession outside the UK, and other UK professions, including from the human health and the legal sectors.
              Lizzie runs the Mind Matters Initiative alongside her ‘day job’ as Director of Strategic Communications for the College. The role of Lizzie and her team is to develop and maintain a customer-focused approach to the College’s communications, and to improve the effectiveness of RCVS communication both within and outside the veterinary profession.
              Lizzie holds a degree in English Language and Literature from St John’s College, Oxford, a postgraduate qualification in journalism and diplomas in the History of Art.

              Lizzie Lockett, PROJECT DIRECTOR, MIND MATTERS INITIATIVE, STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR, ROYAL COLLEGE OF VETERINARY SURGEONS

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 324

              This session will provide simple, straightforward guidelines to help you help colleagues who may be experiencing excessive psychological distress. Identifying good mental health professionals in your area will help you avoid the urge to fix complicated behavioral problems in your staff. This session will work to increase awareness of occupational practices that encourage well-being (and those that do not). Helping colleagues in distress requires recognizing the signs of psychological distress as well as the behaviors and environment that maintain it. We will discuss appropriate responses to colleagues having difficulties, identify ways to increase healthy communication and support for staff members regarding mental health, and provide information on how to identify appropriate resources. The role of mentors, role models, practice decision makers, and state and national programs to facilitate changes in the culture will be addressed. Participation in small group discussion is encouraged but not required.

              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.

              John Jacobson, PhD, DVM, DACVAA

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 312

              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.
              Mr. Ryan Smith is co-founder of High Performance Living, a health and wellness business focused on veterinary professionals. Ryan’s decades of human performance background includes a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology and a Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Science/Physical Education, and advanced certifications from the American College of Sports Medicine, National Academy of Sports Medicine, USA Track & Field, and the International Foot and Gait Education Council. Ryan specializes in mental performance with certifications in Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP), Food Psychology and Hypnosis.

              Jennifer Quammen, DVM, MPH Ryan A. Smith MS, CPT, Co-Founder High Performance Living LLC

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 304/306

              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.

              Turpin Mott

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 322

              Holistic Yoga

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 376/378

              CSU Student Run

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 300

              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.

              Elpida Artemiou, PhD, MSc

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 300

              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.
              Colorado State University Senior SAVMA Delegate, Colorado State University SCAVMA Vice-President, Colorado Sate University, CSU DVM Candidate Class of 2018.

              Jacquelyn Hunter Kaitlyn McNamara

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 308/310

              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.
              Jen Brandt, MSW, LISW-S, Ph.D., Director of Individual and Organizational Development, The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Brandt previously served as a medical social worker, educator and researcher specializing in work with survivors of crime and trauma and bereavement facilitation. She received her bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Indianapolis and her master’s and doctoral degrees in social work from The Ohio State University.

              Linda Lord, DVM, Ph.D. Jen Brandt

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 308/310

              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.

              Christine E. Thomson, BVSc, DipACVIM, DipECVN, PhD

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 376/378

              Lori Kehoe, RD – Natural Grocers

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 322

              Get your heart pumping with fast-paced dancing presented by our own CSU faculty member.

              Presenter Bio:
              Dr. Sarah Shropshire is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Clinical Sciences department at Colorado State University.

              Sarah Shrophsire

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 300

              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 in 2016. He also practices veterinary medicine part-time and works as a medical writer. He is located in Overland Park, Kansas.

              Tad Coles, DVM, MRSS-P, CCFP

              Location:Lory Student Center Cherokee Park Ballroom

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 376/378

              Come get creative with us! We’ll have coloring and craft supplies available to relax and get in touch with your creative side.

              CSU Student Run

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 300

              This workshop offers a live Finding Meaning in Veterinary Medicine Group session, a monthly gathering of veterinary colleagues who converse on a chosen topic related to the practice of veterinary medicine, such as grief, self-care and service. Attend this workshop to take care of yourself, connect with colleagues or to support your veterinary students.

              Presenter Bio:
              Jane R. Shaw, DVM, PhD is a recognized expert in veterinarian-client-patient interactions. Dr. Shaw received her veterinary degree from Michigan State University and received her PhD in Epidemiology at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada.

              Jane Shaw, DVM, PhD

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 304/306

              The ways in which veterinary practices handle end of life issues has a surprisingly formidable impact on team wellness and the practice environment. This workshop will address the unique set of ethical considerations that veterinarians face on a daily basis in regards to end of life care, and provide a framework for understanding and discussing ethical dilemmas within veterinary organizations.

              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.

              Katherine Goldberg, DVM, MSW in progress

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 324

              Caregivers, including veterinarians, suffer from a high level of emotional stress, burnout, and empathy fatigue which can lead to serious negative affects on health, career, and ability to care for self and others. Mindfulness has proven benefits to promote self-care and methods to deal with stress and empathy fatigue. Mindfulness can also enhance patient care by empowering clinicians to maintain an open, clear, and attentive mind in interactions with patients and clients. This presentation will provide an overview of mindfulness and meditation and how practicing mindfulness can lead to becoming a better, more resilient veterinarian and a meaningful life. 

              Presenter Bio:
              Derralyn Rennix, DVM is a companion animal practitioner and owner of Poland Animal Hospital. She is a 2001 NCSU-CVM graduate. Dr. Rennix advocates for veterinary profession through roles on AVMA HOD, State VMA, and Veterinary Medical Loan Repayment Program and Wellness issues. Dr. Rennix enjoys life with her husband and two whippets on a Maine wild blueberry farm. She and her husband are certified mindfulness and meditation instructors and host retreats at their farm.

              Derralyn Rennix

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 324

              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. Dr. Monaghan is a Clinical Psychologist licensed both in Mississippi and in Florida.

              Christy Monaghan, PhD, Licensed Psychologist Chelsey Hess-Holden, MS, LMFT

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 322

              Jazzercize Fort Collins

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 324

              Gratitude goes beyond simply being thankful, but is a readiness to show appreciation for things in life. Come join in this interactive session demonstrating a simple exercise to practice gratitude and to share kindness and appreciation with others.

              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.

              Marie Holowaychuk, DVM, DACVECC, CYT

              Location:Clark A 101

              Title: Cracking the Perfectionism Code among Veterinary Professionals - The Tie Between Effective Personal Leadership and Well-Being in Veterinary Medicine

              Objective: Using real world examples, Dr. Charles will unify the themes presented throughout the conference such that attendees can better understand how words, vulnerability, and emotional intelligence as well as appropriate well-being support and encouragement can set the stage for success in veterinary school and practice.

              Presenter Bio:
              Dr. Charles holds a master’s degree in Organization Leadership and pairs that expertise with veterinary medicine to help veterinary professionals understand how emotionally intelligent servant leaders can facilitate the development of high functioning organizations. She has presented on leadership topics at the state and national level in numerous venues including over half of the veterinary colleges in the U.S., numerous state VMA’s, the AAEP national convention, NAVC, and the AVMA-VLC. She has served on the AVMA’s Council on Communication, the AAEP’s Leadership Development Committee and is just finishing her commitment on the AAEP’s Student Programs Task Force.

              Elizabeth “Betsy” Charles, DVM, MA

              Location:James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital

              Colorado State University’s Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Program is one of the top veterinary programs in the country, ranking No. 3, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 Best Graduate School edition.
              The James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital is the setting for clinical rotations during a veterinary student’s third and fourth years in the DVM Program. The CSU VTH has been committed to teaching, research, outreach and clinical services for 109 years. The building houses world-renowned research institutions, such as the Flint Animal Cancer Center and first-of-its-kind Argus Institute. The hospital is proud of their advancement in translational medicine and customer satisfaction.
              Please join us for a tour of the CSU VTH on Saturday, Nov. 5. Bus transportation is provided to and from the hospital. Buses will depart the Morgan Library Parking Lot and arrive at the Flint Animal Cancer Center. Refreshments will be provided at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital.
              Students: Please board the first bus departing from the Morgan Library Parking lot at 4:45 PM. The student bus will take participants to the Rio Grande Student Reception following the 5 PM tours.
              All other participants: Please board the tour bus departing the Morgan Library parking lot at 5:45 PM.

              Location:Clark A 101

              Title: Mind Matters: Changing the Mood Music in the UK

              Objectives: The presentation will outline the Mind Matters Initiative and explain how we are trying to change the culture of the UK veterinary profession so that members of the veterinary team with stress and mental health issues feel able to seek help earlier and have a better understanding of where to go for support, and that such support is as accessible as possible. We will also look at measures being taken to develop resilience, improve mental health awareness and, perhaps most importantly, address sources and triggers for stress and mental ill-health in veterinary life.

              Presenter Bio:
              Lizzie joined the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), the regulatory body for the veterinary professions in the UK, in February 2005. She brought with her 13 years’ experience working across Europe in marketing, public relations, corporate communications and public affairs, in sectors including animal health, agriculture and the environment.
              In autumn 2014 Lizzie set up the Mind Matters Initiative (MMI), alongside its Chair, Neil Smith. MMI aims to make a difference to the mental health and well-being of members of the veterinary team and Lizzie runs the program on a day-to-day basis. Since its launch, MMI has rapidly become a well-established brand in the UK veterinary sector, stimulating a change in culture and openness around mental health and well-being. The initiative has also attracted attention from the veterinary profession outside the UK, and other UK professions, including from the human health and the legal sectors.
              Lizzie runs the Mind Matters Initiative alongside her ‘day job’ as Director of Strategic Communications for the College. The role of Lizzie and her team is to develop and maintain a customer-focused approach to the College’s communications, and to improve the effectiveness of RCVS communication both within and outside the veterinary profession.
              Lizzie holds a degree in English Language and Literature from St John’s College, Oxford, a postgraduate qualification in journalism and diplomas in the History of Art.

              Lizzie Lockett, PROJECT DIRECTOR, MIND MATTERS INITIATIVE, STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR, ROYAL COLLEGE OF VETERINARY SURGEONS

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 300

              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.
              Dr. Sanaa Zaki is Senior Lecturer in Professional Practice and Sub Dean Post Graduate Studies (Coursework) in the Faculty of Veterinary Science, at the University of Sydney. Sanaa completed a Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies (Higher Education) in 2005, and was appointed Director of the University Veterinary Teaching Hospital-Sydney in 2009. Sanaa is currently completing a PhD investigating the mechanisms of osteoarthritis pain.

              Susan Matthew, PhD, BVSc, BSc Sanaa Zaki, BVSc, MACVSc, GradCertEdStud (Higher Ed.)

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 324

              This session will provide simple, straightforward guidelines to help you help colleagues who may be experiencing excessive psychological distress. Identifying good mental health professionals in your area will help you avoid the urge to fix complicated behavioral problems in your staff. This session will work to increase awareness of occupational practices that encourage well-being (and those that do not). Helping colleagues in distress requires recognizing the signs of psychological distress as well as the behaviors and environment that maintain it. We will discuss appropriate responses to colleagues having difficulties, identify ways to increase healthy communication and support for staff members regarding mental health, and provide information on how to identify appropriate resources. The role of mentors, role models, practice decision makers, and state and national programs to facilitate changes in the culture will be addressed. Participation in small group discussion is encouraged but not required.

              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.

              John Jacobson, PhD, DVM, DACVAA

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 312

              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.
              Mr. Ryan Smith is co-founder of High Performance Living, a health and wellness business focused on veterinary professionals. Ryan’s decades of human performance background includes a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology and a Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Science/Physical Education, and advanced certifications from the American College of Sports Medicine, National Academy of Sports Medicine, USA Track & Field, and the International Foot and Gait Education Council. Ryan specializes in mental performance with certifications in Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP), Food Psychology and Hypnosis.

              Jennifer Quammen, DVM, MPH Ryan A. Smith MS, CPT, Co-Founder High Performance Living LLC

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 308/310

              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 seven (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.

              Stephanie R. Ostrowski, DVM, MPVM, DACVMP, FNAP

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 322

              Holistic Yoga

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 376/378

              CSU Student Run

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 300

              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.

              Elpida Artemiou, PhD, MSc

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 300

              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.
              Colorado State University Senior SAVMA Delegate, Colorado State University SCAVMA Vice-President, Colorado Sate University, CSU DVM Candidate Class of 2018.

              Jacquelyn Hunter Kaitlyn McNamara

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 308/310

              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.
              Jen Brandt, MSW, LISW-S, Ph.D., Director of Individual and Organizational Development, The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Brandt previously served as a medical social worker, educator and researcher specializing in work with survivors of crime and trauma and bereavement facilitation. She received her bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Indianapolis and her master’s and doctoral degrees in social work from The Ohio State University.

              Linda Lord, DVM, Ph.D. Jen Brandt

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 308/310

              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.

              Christine E. Thomson, BVSc, DipACVIM, DipECVN, PhD

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 376/378

              Lori Kehoe, RD – Natural Grocers

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 322

              Get your heart pumping with fast-paced dancing presented by our own CSU faculty member.

              Presenter Bio:
              Dr. Sarah Shropshire is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Clinical Sciences department at Colorado State University.

              Sarah Shrophsire

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 300

              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 in 2016. He also practices veterinary medicine part-time and works as a medical writer. He is located in Overland Park, Kansas.

              Tad Coles, DVM, MRSS-P, CCFP

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 322

              Learn how to put together a 5k race at your institution.

              Christi Leong Jessica Liao

              Location:Lory Student Center Cherokee Park Ballroom

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 376/378

              Come get creative with us! We’ll have coloring and craft supplies available to relax and get in touch with your creative side.

              CSU Student Run

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 300

              This workshop offers a live Finding Meaning in Veterinary Medicine Group session, a monthly gathering of veterinary colleagues who converse on a chosen topic related to the practice of veterinary medicine, such as grief, self-care and service. Attend this workshop to take care of yourself, connect with colleagues or to support your veterinary students.

              Presenter Bio:
              Jane R. Shaw, DVM, PhD is a recognized expert in veterinarian-client-patient interactions. Dr. Shaw received her veterinary degree from Michigan State University and received her PhD in Epidemiology at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada.

              Jane Shaw, DVM, PhD

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 304/306

              The ways in which veterinary practices handle end of life issues has a surprisingly formidable impact on team wellness and the practice environment. This workshop will address the unique set of ethical considerations that veterinarians face on a daily basis in regards to end of life care, and provide a framework for understanding and discussing ethical dilemmas within veterinary organizations.

              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.

              Katherine Goldberg, DVM, MSW in progress

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 312

              Fostering wellness during veterinary school can be tremendously difficult given the time constraints and many pressures that students face today. Self-care during veterinary school is important in order to avoid burnout and set the stage for resilience, which is required to stay in the veterinary profession long term. This lecture-based and hands-on workshop will provide the tools needed for students to perform a self-care assessment and develop a self-care plan.

              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.

              Marie Holowaychuk, DVM, DACVECC, CYT

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 324

              Caregivers, including veterinarians, suffer from a high level of emotional stress, burnout, and empathy fatigue which can lead to serious negative affects on health, career, and ability to care for self and others. Mindfulness has proven benefits to promote self-care and methods to deal with stress and empathy fatigue. Mindfulness can also enhance patient care by empowering clinicians to maintain an open, clear, and attentive mind in interactions with patients and clients. This presentation will provide an overview of mindfulness and meditation and how practicing mindfulness can lead to becoming a better, more resilient veterinarian and a meaningful life. 

              Presenter Bio:
              Derralyn Rennix, DVM is a companion animal practitioner and owner of Poland Animal Hospital. She is a 2001 NCSU-CVM graduate. Dr. Rennix advocates for veterinary profession through roles on AVMA HOD, State VMA, and Veterinary Medical Loan Repayment Program and Wellness issues. Dr. Rennix enjoys life with her husband and two whippets on a Maine wild blueberry farm. She and her husband are certified mindfulness and meditation instructors and host retreats at their farm.

              Derralyn Rennix

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 308/310

              Arleigh Reynolds, DVM, PhD, DACVN Christine E. Thomson, BVSc, DipACVIM, DipECVN, PhD

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 324

              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. Dr. Monaghan is a Clinical Psychologist licensed both in Mississippi and in Florida.

              Christy Monaghan, PhD, Licensed Psychologist Chelsey Hess-Holden, MS, LMFT

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 322

              Jazzercize Fort Collins

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 324

              Gratitude goes beyond simply being thankful, but is a readiness to show appreciation for things in life. Come join in this interactive session demonstrating a simple exercise to practice gratitude and to share kindness and appreciation with others.

              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.

              Marie Holowaychuk, DVM, DACVECC, CYT

              Location:Clark A 101

              Title: Cracking the Perfectionism Code among Veterinary Professionals - The Tie Between Effective Personal Leadership and Well-Being in Veterinary Medicine

              Objective: Using real world examples, Dr. Charles will unify the themes presented throughout the conference such that attendees can better understand how words, vulnerability, and emotional intelligence as well as appropriate well-being support and encouragement can set the stage for success in veterinary school and practice.

              Presenter Bio:
              Dr. Charles holds a master’s degree in Organization Leadership and pairs that expertise with veterinary medicine to help veterinary professionals understand how emotionally intelligent servant leaders can facilitate the development of high functioning organizations. She has presented on leadership topics at the state and national level in numerous venues including over half of the veterinary colleges in the U.S., numerous state VMA’s, the AAEP national convention, NAVC, and the AVMA-VLC. She has served on the AVMA’s Council on Communication, the AAEP’s Leadership Development Committee and is just finishing her commitment on the AAEP’s Student Programs Task Force.

              Elizabeth “Betsy” Charles, DVM, MA

              Location:James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital

              Colorado State University’s Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Program is one of the top veterinary programs in the country, ranking No. 3, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 Best Graduate School edition.
              The James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital is the setting for clinical rotations during a veterinary student’s third and fourth years in the DVM Program. The CSU VTH has been committed to teaching, research, outreach and clinical services for 109 years. The building houses world-renowned research institutions, such as the Flint Animal Cancer Center and first-of-its-kind Argus Institute. The hospital is proud of their advancement in translational medicine and customer satisfaction.
              Please join us for a tour of the CSU VTH on Saturday, Nov. 5. Bus transportation is provided to and from the hospital. Buses will depart the Morgan Library Parking Lot and arrive at the Flint Animal Cancer Center. Refreshments will be provided at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital.
              Students: Please board the first bus departing from the Morgan Library Parking lot at 4:45 PM. The student bus will take participants to the Rio Grande Student Reception following the 5 PM tours.
              All other participants: Please board the tour bus departing the Morgan Library parking lot at 5:45 PM.

              Location:The Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant, Fort Collins, Colorado

              Pursuing a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine is no easy task. From the rigorous studies to the financial burden, the effort should not go unnoticed. Reaching New Heights in Veterinary Wellness would like to thank students for their participation in the conference and their dedication to veterinary medicine by offering a free Student Reception at the Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant.
              The Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant is a 30-year-old, Fort Collins born, staple in the native Coloradoan life. Located in the heart of Old Town Fort Collins, it highlights the city Colorado State University calls home.
              Students: Bus transportation is provided from the CSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital. The bus will depart the Flint Animal Cancer Center at approximately 6:20 PM and arrive to Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant at 7:30 PM. One drink ticket and dinner is provided.

              7:00 am - 7:50 am
              Continental Breakfast

              Location:Lory Student Center Ballroom C & D

              Location:Lory Student Center Ballroom C & D

              Title: Substance Abuse, Suicide and Mental Illness in Veterinarians and Veterinary Staff

              Objectives: Discuss current information on these topics; resources available; intervention and strategies to mitigate

              Presenter Bio:
              Dr. Joanne Roesner is in recovery for chemical dependency and an eating disorder. She has experienced continuous sobriety since March 8, 1987. She is an active participant in multiple twelve step programs and works actively on addiction in the veterinary field. She is the founder and Medical Director of Loving Hands Animal Clinic in Milton, Georgia, an AAHA accredited practice dedicated to medical excellence and community service. Her veterinary training was at University of California at Davis, followed by a rotating internship at Auburn University. She has been a Diplomat in the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners since the year 2000.

              Joanne Roesner, DVM, DABVP

              Location:Lory Student Center Ballroom C & D

              Explore how veterinary college counseling programs have evolved over the last two decades.

              Jen Brandt Kenita Rogers, DVM, MS Kathleen Ruby, PhD Valerie Russo, PhD

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 322

              Contrary to your first impression, sleep hygiene has nothing to do with how often you change your bed sheets! Insomnia affects more than 30% of people and sleep hygiene is all about implementing the proper habits and skills to ensure that you fall asleep and stay asleep each night. During this session we will discuss the sleep cycle, causes of insomnia, and practical tools to improve your sleep hygiene.

              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.

              Marie Holowaychuk, DVM, DACVECC, CYT

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 312

              It may be argued that chronic exposure to end of life situations, limited end of life education and current wellness concerns in the veterinary profession are not unrelated. End of life education as a wellness initiative will be presented. Strategies for integration of end of life training into core curricula and elective offerings will be discussed.
              Presenter Bio:

              Katherine Goldberg, DVM, MSW in progress

              Location:Lory Student Center Ballroom C & D

              Location:Lory Student Center Ballroom C & D

              Location:Lory Student Center Ballroom C & D

              7:00 am - 7:50 am
              Continental Breakfast

              Location:Lory Student Center Ballroom C & D

              Location:Lory Student Center Ballroom C & D

              Title: Substance Abuse, Suicide and Mental Illness in Veterinarians and Veterinary Staff

              Objectives: Discuss current information on these topics; resources available; intervention and strategies to mitigate

              Presenter Bio:
              Dr. Joanne Roesner is in recovery for chemical dependency and an eating disorder. She has experienced continuous sobriety since March 8, 1987. She is an active participant in multiple twelve step programs and works actively on addiction in the veterinary field. She is the founder and Medical Director of Loving Hands Animal Clinic in Milton, Georgia, an AAHA accredited practice dedicated to medical excellence and community service. Her veterinary training was at University of California at Davis, followed by a rotating internship at Auburn University. She has been a Diplomat in the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners since the year 2000.

              Joanne Roesner, DVM, DABVP

              Location:Lory Student Center Ballroom C & D

              Explore how veterinary college counseling programs have evolved over the last two decades.

              Jen Brandt Kenita Rogers, DVM, MS Kathleen Ruby, PhD Valerie Russo, PhD

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 308/310

              Knowing how to establish and foster relationships is paramount to succeed as a veterinarian. A critical aspect of maintaining good relationships is how we feel about ourselves. Self and social awareness and establishing personal priorities are important aspects for success.
              Presenter Bio:
              Dr. Samper graduated as a Veterinarian in 1982 from Colombia, and after three years of large animal practice enrolled in a Residency and PhD Program at the University of Minnesota. He was board certified in the American College of Theriogenologists in 1991. Dr. Samper worked as a resident veterinarian at the Swedish National Stud, worked for Sexing Technologies, was on the Faculty of the Ontario Veterinary College and Kansas State University and recently at Ross University, was an associate veterinarian and has been an equine practice owner for over 20 years. In addition, Dr. Samper is past President of the Society for Theriogenology (SFT), and the North East Association of Equine Practitioners (NEAEP). Is the Chairman of the International Symposium on Stallion Reproduction (ISSR) and is a current a board member of the American College of Theriogenologists (ACT). For the last two years Dr. Samper has served as the Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs at RUSVM and is interested in developing strategies to help veterinary students better understand the relationships they must foster when entering practice.

              Juan C Samper, DVM, MSc, PhD, Dipl ACT

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 322

              Contrary to your first impression, sleep hygiene has nothing to do with how often you change your bed sheets! Insomnia affects more than 30% of people and sleep hygiene is all about implementing the proper habits and skills to ensure that you fall asleep and stay asleep each night. During this session we will discuss the sleep cycle, causes of insomnia, and practical tools to improve your sleep hygiene.

              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.

              Marie Holowaychuk, DVM, DACVECC, CYT

              Location:Lory Student Center Ballroom C & D

              Location:Lory Student Center Ballroom C & D

              Location:Lory Student Center Ballroom C & D

              7:00 am - 7:50 am
              Continental Breakfast

              Location:Lory Student Center Ballroom C & D

              Location:Lory Student Center Ballroom C & D

              Title: Substance Abuse, Suicide and Mental Illness in Veterinarians and Veterinary Staff

              Objectives: Discuss current information on these topics; resources available; intervention and strategies to mitigate

              Presenter Bio:
              Dr. Joanne Roesner is in recovery for chemical dependency and an eating disorder. She has experienced continuous sobriety since March 8, 1987. She is an active participant in multiple twelve step programs and works actively on addiction in the veterinary field. She is the founder and Medical Director of Loving Hands Animal Clinic in Milton, Georgia, an AAHA accredited practice dedicated to medical excellence and community service. Her veterinary training was at University of California at Davis, followed by a rotating internship at Auburn University. She has been a Diplomat in the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners since the year 2000.

              Joanne Roesner, DVM, DABVP

              Location:Lory Student Center Ballroom C & D

              Explore how veterinary college counseling programs have evolved over the last two decades.

              Jen Brandt Kenita Rogers, DVM, MS Kathleen Ruby, PhD Valerie Russo, PhD

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 308/310

              Knowing how to establish and foster relationships is paramount to succeed as a veterinarian. A critical aspect of maintaining good relationships is how we feel about ourselves. Self and social awareness and establishing personal priorities are important aspects for success.
              Presenter Bio:
              Dr. Samper graduated as a Veterinarian in 1982 from Colombia, and after three years of large animal practice enrolled in a Residency and PhD Program at the University of Minnesota. He was board certified in the American College of Theriogenologists in 1991. Dr. Samper worked as a resident veterinarian at the Swedish National Stud, worked for Sexing Technologies, was on the Faculty of the Ontario Veterinary College and Kansas State University and recently at Ross University, was an associate veterinarian and has been an equine practice owner for over 20 years. In addition, Dr. Samper is past President of the Society for Theriogenology (SFT), and the North East Association of Equine Practitioners (NEAEP). Is the Chairman of the International Symposium on Stallion Reproduction (ISSR) and is a current a board member of the American College of Theriogenologists (ACT). For the last two years Dr. Samper has served as the Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs at RUSVM and is interested in developing strategies to help veterinary students better understand the relationships they must foster when entering practice.

              Juan C Samper, DVM, MSc, PhD, Dipl ACT

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 322

              Contrary to your first impression, sleep hygiene has nothing to do with how often you change your bed sheets! Insomnia affects more than 30% of people and sleep hygiene is all about implementing the proper habits and skills to ensure that you fall asleep and stay asleep each night. During this session we will discuss the sleep cycle, causes of insomnia, and practical tools to improve your sleep hygiene.

              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.

              Marie Holowaychuk, DVM, DACVECC, CYT

              Location:Lory Student Center Room 304/306

              How diverse veterinary organizations can implement early, simple steps to improve workplace wellness. Will provide insights from organizations that have already beta tested this model.

              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.

              Jennifer Quammen, DVM, MPH

              Location:Lory Student Center Ballroom C & D

              Location:Lory Student Center Ballroom C & D

              Location:Lory Student Center Ballroom C & D

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              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

              Welcome Reception | 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.

              Veterinary Teaching Hospital Tours | 5 – 7 p.m.  | Saturday, Nov. 5

              Colorado State University’s Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Program is one of the top veterinary programs in the country, ranking No. 3, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 Best Graduate School edition.

              The James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital is the setting for clinical rotations during a veterinary student’s third and fourth years in the DVM Program. The CSU VTH has been committed to teaching, research, outreach and clinical services for 109 years. The building houses world-renowned research institutions, such as the Flint Animal Cancer Center and first-of-its-kind Argus Institute. The hospital is proud of their advancement in translational medicine and customer satisfaction.

              Please join us for a tour of the CSU VTH on Saturday, Nov. 5. Bus transportation is provided to and from the hospital. Buses will depart the Morgan Library Parking Lot and arrive at the Flint Animal Cancer Center. Refreshments will be provided at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

              Students: Please board the first bus departing from the Morgan Library Parking lot at 4:45 P.M. The student bus will take participants to the Rio Grande Student Reception following the 5 P.M. tours.

              All other participants: Please board the tour bus departing the Morgan Library parking lot at 5:45 PM.

              Student Reception | 6:20 – 11 p.m.  | Saturday, Nov. 5

              Pursuing a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine is no easy task. From the rigorous studies to the financial burden, the effort should not go unnoticed. Reaching New Heights in Veterinary Wellness would like to thank students for their participation in the conference and their dedication to veterinary medicine by offering a free Student Reception at the Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant.

              The Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant is a 30-year-old, Fort Collins born, staple in the native Coloradoan life. Located in the heart of Old Town Fort Collins, it highlights the city Colorado State University calls home.

              Bus transportation is provided from the CSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital. The bus will depart the Flint Animal Cancer Center at approximately 6:20 P.M. and arrive to Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant at 7:30 P.M. One drink ticket and dinner is provided.

              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.