The Happy, Healthy Veterinarian: How to Maintain Your Mental and Physical Well-Being
World Small Animal Veterinary Association Congress Proceedings, 2018
N. Endenburg; M. Soberano; V. Lim
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Aims of Workshop

  • Exploring the scope of veterinary wellbeing at the present moment
  • Situation of professional welfare in different regions of the world (North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia)
  • Creating a conversation about mental wellbeing
  • Tips and tricks how to identify chronic stress, burn-out, and what to do about it
  • Tips and tricks how to communicate problematic situations with colleagues and what to do about it (social networks & at work)
  • Toolkits

Format of Workshop

3 brief presentations from each of us then ask for audience participation?

  • I.e., the main things they struggle with and we can discuss these topics, and give
  • Practical tips what to do

Workshop Technique

Warm-Up (5 Minutes)

Nienke posts a brief assignment that may be done independently. This may be a brief reading, writing, editing, or problem-solving activity to ready them for learning.

Mini-Lesson (10–15 Minutes)

Nienke, Vicki & Martin provide whole class direct and explicit instruction in one of the following ways: conduct a shared reading demonstrating a reading strategy, read and think aloud for a specific purpose, teach a key concept demonstrate a writing strategy, direct assistants in a hands-activity. Nienke, Vicki & Martin outline the work to be done including the expectations as to how to apply the content learned in the minilesson to the work the expectation of completed work.

Independent Work Time (30–40 Minutes)

Assistants work independently, in pairs, or small groups. Nienke, Vicki & Martin circulate for 2 or 3 minutes to ensure all assistants are on task, and then confers with individuals for a few minutes, taking anecdotal notes work with a small group in direct instruction.

Share Session (5 Minutes)

Nienke reconvene class to focus on the work of one or two assistants that use what was taught in the mini-lesson recap key learning of the day (1 minute) check for understanding (with short reflective writing or exit slips) give homework feedback.


Speaker Information
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N. Endenburg
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Utrecht University
The Netherlands

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