If you're a shelter medicine professional, it's easy to begin neglecting your own well-being and balance. Because shelter medicine is one of the most emotionally demanding practices within veterinary medicine, clinicians face burnout, compassion fatigue and a wide range of mental health problems. This talk, given by Dr. Michele Gaspar of Urban Veterinary Care, will not only review the current literature on psychological issues experienced by clinicians engaged in high intensity practice, but will cover personal assessment and review evidence-based techniques (including mindfulness) and narrative medicine, as well as other resources that have been shown to relieve stress and maintain well-being. This presentation is part of the University of Florida's Maddie's Shelter Medicine Program track at the 2013 No More Homeless Pets National Conference.
Presenter: Michele Gaspar, DVM, DABVP (Feline), MA
Date: October 10, 2013
Venue: No More Homeless Pets National Conference