AAHA’s Culture Initiative helps veterinary teams create work environments that foster wellbeing with a range of resources beginning at the most local level—your hospital.
Practice culture is made up of the values, beliefs, and behaviors that shape how work gets done, and It is built through daily touchpoints, both among team members and with clients.
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The Indispensable Associate Initiative: Professional Skills Workshops help new veterinary associates with what they need to know—but weren’t taught—to succeed in a veterinary practice. Designed to meet the specific needs of 2015-2019 graduates, this program provides seven CE credits.
With suicide rates among veterinarians at a record-high level, Nicole McArthur, DVM, decided to do something. And she decided to start it online so it’s accessible to everyone. Her Facebook group, Not One More Vet, is devoted to suicide prevention and has more than 20,000 members and is growing.
Former board member Caroline Lubeck, DVM, discusses preventive care and self-care; compliance made easy with the new 2019 AAHA Canine Life Stage Guidelines; 2019 AAHA-Accredited Practice of the Year finalists; and a recap of Connexity. Plus, Dear AAHA addresses whether CT machines should be repurposed for dental radiographs.
Brook Farm Veterinary Center Hospital Director Evan Kanouse Jr. teaches children in the community and is also a guest lecturer at the State University of New York at Delhi, where he discusses internship skills with first- and second-year veterinary technology students.
AAHA-accredited Community Animal Hospital of Royal Palm Beach holds an annual Pet Drawing Contest to engage with local elementary schools.
In positive cultures, people are engaged, driven by purpose, and full of enthusiasm. These cultures have low turnover rates, low burnout rates, high team morale, and an overall sense of elevated wellbeing. They also outperform their peers.
Leading a thriving veterinary team is hard. In the uncertain world of COVID-19, it’s an unprecedented challenge. Veterinary professionals are capable of so much, and you, as a veterinary leader, have an incredible capacity to unleash that.