From a career that started with big hair in the ‘80s and is now heading toward retirement , Vickie Byard, CVT, VTS (Dentistry), has seen enormous changes in vet med for techs, for dentistry, and for patient care . And it all happened because her practice leadership gave her the chance.
Stress First Aid was originally developed for the US Navy and Marine Corps as a way to monitor and manage stress , both individually and on teams. Now it’s being adapted for veterinary practices .
Stress First Aid is meant as a common language and a flexible framework of action steps that can be integrated into your practice’s daily operations . Explore how you can use the 7 Cs of SFA to support yourself and co-workers in veterinary practice.
Stress First Aid identifies four types of stress injuries, including trauma, loss, inner conflict, and wear & tear. These have been exacerbated during the COVID-19 pandemic, significantly impacting the mental and emotional wellbeing of those in the veterinary field.
Once we learn to check in and identify stress, we can take action . The 7 Cs of Stress First Aid are calming and de-escalation tactics that can help ourselves and our teammates.
Veterinary residencies are moving out of the teaching hospital a s aspiring specialists seek residencies at private and corporate practices, or even find mentors to help design veterinary residencies remotely.
Are you a vet tech who dreams of owning a practice? Or are you an owner with a superstar technician you’d want to partner with? When techs own veterinary practices, their insider knowledge is a tremendous asset.
Elizabeth Musgreave , CVT, sa ys she “could not imagine life without a cat . ” I n her role at Hickory Veterinary and Specialty Hospital in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania , she strives to improve the lives of all her patients —and to raise awareness of the role of veterinary technicians in animal welfare.
The same Stress First Aid tools that help with your team and your own wellbeing are helpful when approaching clients as well. Health and wellbeing coach Melyssa Allen, MA, NBC-HWC, DACLM, guides us through the process.
The class of 2026 at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine will be the first to complete a revamped fully integrated curriculum that aims to teach veterinarians how to better communicate, collaborate, and solve problems.