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Learn How to Cope with Challenges in Veterinary Practice through the CVMA Emerging Leader’s Program

May 9, 2018

Low staff morale, burnout, financial challenges, workplace drama and a host of related challenges can easily make your veterinary careers less joyful.

The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) created the Emerging Leaders Program (ELP), sponsored by Virox Animal Health and facilitated by Dr. Rick DeBowes, to help bring joy back into the workplace by teaching graduates and experienced professionals alike how to cope with a variety of challenges encountered in veterinary practice. The program provides an opportunity for individuals to explore their approach to personal and professional accomplishments and their working relationship with colleagues.

“Emotional intelligence, empathy and communications skills are just as important as learning surgical precision and dexterity in veterinary medicine, but they often take a back seat,” writes Hélène Rembeaux, fourth year veterinary student at the Faculté de médecine vétérinaire and past ELP participant. “The ELP significantly benefits participants and enables them to be more effective and attentive in team projects, labs and surgical exercises … and, of course, during clinical internships!”

The next workshop will be held at CVMA’s 2016 Convention in Niagara Falls, Ont., July 7 and 8. This unparalleled workshop is open to all CVMA and RVTTC members. Visit the ELP section of CVMA’s website for more information and to register.

“In recent years, CVMA’s ELP participants have described this experience as ‘energizing’ and ‘refreshing,’ allowing them to look at their clinic workday with more positivity and optimism,” says Hélène.