February 2017
Bright Idea from Accreditation
Professional wellness: Taking care of you

Veterinary medicine can be draining, both physically and mentally. 

Enhance professional wellness and keep compassion fatigue from creeping into your practice with these tips from accredited members.

Several staff members at Riverside Veterinary Hospital in Elizabeth, Pennsylvania joined a gym and work out together. The team is also planning a "paint and sip" evening at a local studio to blow off some steam after they pass their reaccreditation.

Brookfield Animal Hospital in Brookfield, Connecticut is assembling a team to run a 5K. They have encouraged nonrunners on their staff to start a "Couch to 5K" to prepare for the event.

Animal Hospital of Rowlett and Diagnostic Center in Rowlett, Texas has invited veterinary consultants into the practice to present on the topic of compassion fatigue. The practice is also planning to start a grief support group to help team members with difficult cases.

The Vet Clinic in Mountain Home, Arkansas employs an inspirational coach to come into the practice monthly and speak to the staff about coping with stress. Team members can also set up one-on-one meetings with the coach at no cost.

Glen Oak Dog and Cat Hospital in Chicago, Illinois put together a pet loss support binder for clients and team members. The binder includes area support groups and hotlines, articles about grieving, uplifting poems, and information on final care and memorial options.

Additional resources

Not One More Vet (NOMV)
Not One More Vet (NOMV) is an exclusive online community for veterinarians to openly discuss personal feelings about work and life and support each other through the common challenges they face.

Due to the private nature of this group, admission is by invitation only. If you would like to join, message NOMV's founder, Nicole Blackmer McArthur, DVM, or coadministrators, Carrie Jurney, DVM, DACVIM, or Jason Sweitzer, DVM, via Facebook. Be sure to include your email address and veterinary school graduating class information in the request.

Want to improve your cognition and memory, boost self-esteem, and decrease stress? Take a 10-minute break and learn to meditate with this free app.



Join a community of support

The AAHA-Accredited Member Facebook group is a private group exclusively for staff at AAHA-accredited veterinary hospitals. Designed by members for members, the group fosters peer-to-peer dialogue that helps practices best communicate the value of AAHA accreditation to their clients and community members.

Joining is easy—just visit facebook.com/groups/aahaaccredited and request to join.

We hope to see you there!

Please send questions, feedback, or tips you'd like
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