program overview

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

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

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

Goals of the 2016 Summit

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define best practices used to address these issues and form collaborations to advance best practices

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

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define best practices used to address these issues and form collaborations to advance best practices

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

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speakers

Dr. Mark Stetter

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

    Lizzie Lockett

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

      Gene Crumley

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

        Dr. Joanne Roesner

        DVM, DABVP

          Dr. Michele Gaspar

          DVM, DABVP (Feline Practice), MA, LPC

            Dr. Elizabeth "Betsy" Charles

            DVM, MA

              Opening remarks by Dr. Mark Stetter, DVM, DACZM, Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Colorado State University.
              Location: Lory Student Center Ballroom

              Dr. Mark Stetter

              Objectives : 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.

              Location: Lory Student Center Ballroom

              Michele Gaspar, DVM, CABVP, MA, LPC

              Objectives: This program will be a panel presentation that explores how veterinary college counseling programs have evolved over the last two decades.
              1. What works and what doesn’t? A review of counseling center practices that have evolved to fit the veterinary student population.
              2. What goes on behind the counseling door? Support; counseling; coaching; academic support; mental health diagnosis and treatment; crisis intervention; and wellbeing education.
              3. The role of veterinary mental health professionals.
              4. Future directions.
              Location: Lory Student Center Ballroom

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

              Objective: 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 (U.S. Marines) taught me this idea years ago with a very simple phrase, “Leaders eat last …” In this section in my talk I’ll ask the question, “What would be the consequences of a leader putting the needs of the organization she or he leads ahead of his or her own needs?”
              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.

              Location: Lory Student Center Ballroom

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

              Opening remarks by Dr. Mark Stetter, DVM, DACZM, Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Colorado State University.
              Location: Lory Student Center Ballroom

              Dr. Mark Stetter

              Objectives : 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.
              Location: Lory Student Center Ballroom

              Michele Gaspar, DVM, CABVP, MA, LPC

              Objectives: This program will be a panel presentation that explores how veterinary college counseling programs have evolved over the last two decades.
              1. What works and what doesn’t? A review of counseling center practices that have evolved to fit the veterinary student population.
              2. What goes on behind the counseling door? Support; counseling; coaching; academic support; mental health diagnosis and treatment; crisis intervention; and wellbeing education.
              3. The role of veterinary mental health professionals.
              4. Future directions.
              Location: Lory Student Center Ballroom

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

              Objective: 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 (U.S. Marines) taught me this idea years ago with a very simple phrase, “Leaders eat last …” In this section in my talk I’ll ask the question, “What would be the consequences of a leader putting the needs of the organization she or he leads ahead of his or her own needs?”
              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.
              Location: Lory Student Center Ballroom

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

              Objectives : 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.
              Location: Lory Student Center Ballroom

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              Objectives: This program will be a panel presentation that explores how veterinary college counseling programs have evolved over the last two decades.
              1. What works and what doesn’t? A review of counseling center practices that have evolved to fit the veterinary student population.
              2. What goes on behind the counseling door? Support; counseling; coaching; academic support; mental health diagnosis and treatment; crisis intervention; and wellbeing education.
              3. The role of veterinary mental health professionals.
              4. Future directions.
              Location: Lory Student Center Ballroom

              Varies

              Objective: 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 (U.S. Marines) taught me this idea years ago with a very simple phrase, “Leaders eat last …” In this section in my talk I’ll ask the question, “What would be the consequences of a leader putting the needs of the organization she or he leads ahead of his or her own needs?”
              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.
              Location: Lory Student Center Ballroom

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

              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.
              Location: Clark A 101

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

              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. Location: Clark A 101

              Betsy Charles, DVM, MA

              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.
              Location: Clark A 101

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

              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.
              Location: Clark A 101

              Betsy Charles, DVM, MA

              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. Location: Clark A 101

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

              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.
              Location: Clark A 101

              Betsy Charles, DVM, MA

              sponsors

              Zoetis
              csuL-357-VM-ramC-616
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              logistics

              Registration Check In

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

              Parking

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

              Program Agenda

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

              Transportation to the Conference

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

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

              Lodging

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

              Meals

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

              Continuing Education

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

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

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

              events

              A reception will be held for Summit attendees on Friday, Nov. 4.

              More details coming soon.

              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.