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Join Dr. Marie Holowaychuk, board-certified small animal emergency and critical care specialist, as she explores the world of mental health and wellbeing, as it relates to veterinary professionals.

Reviving Vet Med Dr. Marie Holowaychuk

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Join Dr. Marie Holowaychuk, board-certified small animal emergency and critical care specialist, as she explores the world of mental health and wellbeing, as it relates to veterinary professionals.

    What You Can Do To Prevent Suicide | Reviving Vet Med | Episode 7

    What You Can Do To Prevent Suicide | Reviving Vet Med | Episode 7

    The statistics regarding veterinarian suicide have been the focus of studies in recent years. However, it’s time that the focus shifted away from the statistics and towards what we can do as a veterinary profession to support the mental health and wellbeing of all veterinary team members.



    In this podcast, I share practical strategies for reducing stigma, fostering mental health, and preventing suicide among veterinary professionals.







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    Resources



    Research Articles



    Prevalence of mental health outcomes among Canadian veterinarians (JAVMA 2020): https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31961276/



    Executive summary of the Merck Animal Health Veterinary Wellbeing Study (JAVMA 2018): https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29701527/



    Suicide among veterinarians in the United States from 1979 through 2015 (JAVMA 2019): https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30668293/



    Online Suicide Intervention Programs



    QPR (AVMA) https://www.avma.org/resources-tools/wellbeing/qpr-suicide-prevention-training



    ASK (VetFolio) https://www.vetfolio.com/courses/ask-suicide-prevention-training



    Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) https://www.livingworks.net/asist



    If you are someone you know are having thoughts of suicide or self-harm, please…



    Call: 1-800-273-8255 (USA) 1-833-456-4566 (Canada)



    Visit: suicide.org



    Dr. Marie Holowaychuk’s website: https://marieholowaychuk.com/ and email: veterinarywellness@outlook.com.







    Dr. Marie Holowaychuk is a small animal emergency and critical care specialist. She is a certified yoga and meditation teacher, with a passion for improving the mental health and wellbeing of veterinary professionals. Marie facilitates online CE-approved wellbeing programs for anyone working in the veterinary field.

    When Coping Becomes Harmful | Reviving Vet Med | Episode 6

    When Coping Becomes Harmful | Reviving Vet Med | Episode 6

    Veterinary professionals often using coping strategies like binge-watching Netflix, drinking a bottle of wine, and eating unhealthy foods to deal with work- and life-related stressors.



    Unfortunately, these coping strategies are not health-promoting when used repeatedly, and over time they can become harmful.



    During this episode, the difference between coping strategies and self-care will be explained. Additionally, in light of Overdose Awareness Day on August 31st, signs of substance use disorders will be reviewed and steps for helping a colleague in crisis will be shared.







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    Resources



    https://marieholowaychuk.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Substance-Use-References-And-Resources.pdf (includes all links listed below)



    Psychosocial stress, demoralization and the consumption of tobacco, alcohol and medical drugs by veterinarians.



    Suicides and deaths of undetermined intent among veterinary professionals from 2003 through 2014. 



    CAGE Questions for Alcohol Use.



    Substance Abuse in the Workplace: What to do? 



    AVMA Wellbeing Resources. 



    State Wellbeing Programs for Veterinary Professionals.



    Substance Use Disorder and Suicide Prevention Toolkit.



    CDC Alcohol Use and Your Health.  



    Low-Risk Drinking Guidelines. 



    When do coping strategies become harmful for veterinary care providers?  



    VIN Foundation Vets4Vets.



    What Substance Use Disorder Recovery Can Teach Us About COVID-19?



    Dr. Marie Holowaychuk’s website: https://marieholowaychuk.com/ and email: veterinarywellness@outlook.com.







    Dr. Marie Holowaychuk is a small animal emergency and critical care specialist. She is a certified yoga and meditation teacher, with a passion for impro

    • 36 min
    Is Venting a Form of Self-care? | Reviving Vet Med | Episode 5

    Is Venting a Form of Self-care? | Reviving Vet Med | Episode 5

    It can feel so good to vent and tell someone our frustrations. In fact, airing our grievances can feel like self-care in the moment, as it brings a sense of connection and stress relief.



    However, studies demonstrate that venting can have harmful effects on our stress levels and relationships, especially when it is not done productively.



    During this podcast, I will share ways that venting can be helpful, as well as tips for setting boundaries when it comes to someone else’s venting.







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    Resources



    https://marieholowaychuk.com/2021/07/07/the-harmful-effects-of-venting-and-how-to-stop-it/



    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0306453018302051?via%3Dihub



    Dr. Marie Holowaychuk’s website: https://marieholowaychuk.com/ and email: veterinarywellness@outlook.com.







    Dr. Marie Holowaychuk is a small animal emergency and critical care specialist. She is a certified yoga and meditation teacher, with a passion for improving the mental health and wellbeing of veterinary professionals. Marie facilitates online CE-approved wellbeing programs for anyone working in the veterinary field.

    • 30 min
    How to Stop Being a People Pleaser | Reviving Vet Med | Episode 4

    How to Stop Being a People Pleaser | Reviving Vet Med | Episode 4

    People-pleasing is something that many veterinary professionals (and others) struggle with. While it might feel better in the short-term to say yes and appease others, putting the needs of everyone else first erodes wellbeing over time.



    During this podcast, I discuss how to know if you are a people-pleaser and share five strategies for reducing this tendency.



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    Resources



    5 Strategies to Stop Being a People Pleaser



    The Likeability Trap



    Dr. Marie Holowaychuk’s website: https://marieholowaychuk.com/ and email: veterinarywellness@outlook.com.







    Dr. Marie Holowaychuk is a small animal emergency and critical care specialist. She is a certified yoga and meditation teacher, with a passion for improving the mental health and wellbeing of veterinary professionals. Marie facilitates online CE-approved wellbeing programs for anyone working in the veterinary field.

    • 24 min
    How to Deal With a Difficult Co-worker | Reviving Vet Med | Episode 3

    How to Deal With a Difficult Co-worker | Reviving Vet Med | Episode 3

    Working in the veterinary profession isn’t easy. And sometimes that is because we are butting heads with someone we work with. While it’s not expected that we get along with everyone all the time, sometimes toxic behaviours need to be addressed, for our own wellbeing.



    During this podcast, I share some of my experiences dealing with difficult co-workers, including an easy to follow process for addressing the behaviour.







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    Resources



    How to Deal With a Difficult Co-worker



    Dr. Marie Holowaychuk’s website: https://marieholowaychuk.com/ and email: veterinarywellness@outlook.com.







    Dr. Marie Holowaychuk is a small animal emergency and critical care specialist. She is a certified yoga and meditation teacher, with a passion for improving the mental health and wellbeing of veterinary professionals. Marie facilitates online CE-approved wellbeing programs for anyone working in the veterinary field.

    • 35 min
    Uncovering Unconscious Bias | Reviving Vet Med | Episode 2

    Uncovering Unconscious Bias | Reviving Vet Med | Episode 2

    Unconscious bias (also known as implicit bias) is a prejudice or judgment that is present but not consciously recognized. Every person has unconscious biases that we attribute to another person or group of people, which thereby impact our instinctual decisions and reactions. And it happens without us realizing it!



    In honour of Pride Month, in this Wellness Wednesday live session we will be discussing the many different forms of unconscious bias, how they impact our day-to-day decisions and interactions, and how we can reduce them to foster equity and inclusion in the veterinary workplace.







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    Resources



    Pawsibilities Vet Med: https://pawsibilitiesvetmed.com/



    Project Implicit (Harvard Bias Test): https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/takeatest.html



    How to outsmart your own unconscious bias (17 min video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GP-cqFLS8Q4



    A profession in crisis: discrimination in veterinary medicine (7 min video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7Pl4YX_QNc 



    Four steps for busting unconscious bias (4 min video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-n7el87Dmo



    AVMA Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity courses: https://axon.avma.org/page/diversity-equity-inclusion-course

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