The AVA Annual Conference is the nation’s premier veterinary event, covering all fields of veterinary science and in 2017 brought together over 920 veterinary professionals and 115 exhibitors.

We hope you will join us for the 2018 AVA Annual Conference in Brisbane, 13-18 May.    
Visit conference.ava.com.au to register.    To download a pdf file of the entire program click here.
Wednesday, May 16 • 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Healing the healers: the challenge of self-care

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Many articles have been published on the psychological health, workplace stress, burnout and suicide of veterinarians. Veterinarians are exposed to episodic acute stress and chronic stress while working in a highly emotional environment. Factors that affect one's susceptibility to stress include relationships, living environment, financial position, work, lifestyle and self-awareness. Chronic stress can have a negative impact on one's physical, cognitive, emotional and behavioural health. However, research suggests that your thoughts and actions can transform your experience of stress. Those who choose to view their stress response as helpful can develop greater resilience. Personal strategies to transform stress include practising mindfulness, developing an awareness of emotional triggers and warning signs and committing to self-care. Strategies for managing stress in the workplace include creating a culture which acknowledges that stress is a normal part of working life, taking personal responsibility for thoughts, emotions and behaviour, asking for help and celebrating when things go well.


Megan Kearney

Dr Megan Kearney is an integrative veterinary surgeon and Medical Herbalist. She runs a veterinary hospital and practice for people in Bangalow, Northern NSW. She sees a wide range of species including companion animals, horses, livestock, exotics and wildlife. Megan was inspired... Read More →

Wednesday May 16, 2018 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Plaza P2 Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre