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Vet Tech Cafe - Kim Spelts Episode

Vet Tech Cafe - Kim Spelts Episode

May 31, 2020

This episode is our final installment of our series for #mentalhealthawarenessmonth and we take a dive into living with depression with Kim Spelts, BS, CVT, VTS(Anesthesia/Analgesia).  She walks us through her battle and talks about the personal and professional effects depression has had on her. We talk about how she began to recognize it, face it, and overcome it.  From music to meditation and apps to therapy, she talks about many of the different things that have helped along the way.  She gave us some really great analogies of mental health in comparison to other conditions people live with, to hopefully #beatthestigma Another idea Kim wanted to pass along that we didn't talk about is journaling.  She says it helps her build her self-awareness, foster her creativity, and give her some clarity.  If you find yourself battling depression, compassion fatigue, or burnout, #makethecall You are worth it.  

Links:

http://www.peakvas.com/

http://www.apexcvt.edu/

https://jensincero.com/shop/

https://brenebrown.com/books-audio/

https://www.netflix.com/title/81010166

https://untamedbook.com/

https://markmanson.net/books/subtle-art

https://www.headspace.com/

Ani DeFranco - "Allergic to Water" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLQI0xUzfZQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5hjikOI2BkQ

https://www.inspiringleadershipnow.com/how-to-set-boundaries-at-work/

Vet Tech Cafe - Beth Armstrong Episode

Vet Tech Cafe - Beth Armstrong Episode

May 17, 2020

In this installment of the Vet Tech Cafe, we interview Beth Armstrong, CVT, RVT, CFE, CCFP, CTP, who is now a Practice Consultant for AAHA.  Our paths first crossed with Beth in 2013 when we were all in the same study group for the AVECCTN exam (best study group of all time, IMO).  It was great to catch up and hear what she's been doing, as her career has taken a very different path from ours since that time.  As May is #mentalhealthawarenessmonth we continue our discussions with those that are helping to decrease the stigma that surrounds the issue.  We'd also like to wish Beth a happy birthday, as this episode is being released on her birthday-so make sure to say Happy Birthday in the comments and show her some support by downloading her episode!  Lastly, we want to thank AAHA for their generous support of this episode-when they heard Beth was going to be coming by the Vet Tech Cafe for a cup of coffee, they stepped up to sponsor this episode so you'll hear a roughly 20-second ad near the middle.  We'll be talking about AAHA's culture initiative as well, which aims to promote a healthy workplace culture in their hospitals.  

https://www.aaha.org/practice-resources/healthy-workplace-culture/

https://www.aaha.org/aaha-guidelines/2020-aaha-anesthesia-and-monitoring-guidelines-for-dogs-and-cats/anesthesia-and-monitoring-home/

https://www.calm.com/?url=https://www.calm.com/&pid=google&af_channel=g&af_c_id=1603556317&af_adset_id=61837906998&af_ad_id=378906119400&af_sub_siteid=&af_keyword=calm%20app&af_sub3=e&af_sub4=Cj0KCQjws_r0BRCwARIsAMxfDRjMYNnWt_M0uqVzQ_Tu_L7o2cwxJSjMW95PW6SvbyFOgnvc4tFtItMaAmX6EALw_wcB&af_sub5=&utm_medium=paid&utm_source=google&utm_campaign=1603556317+61837906998+378906119400&utm_content=homepage&utm_term=calm%20app&gclid=Cj0KCQjws_r0BRCwARIsAMxfDRjMYNnWt_M0uqVzQ_Tu_L7o2cwxJSjMW95PW6SvbyFOgnvc4tFtItMaAmX6EALw_wcB

https://science.howstuffworks.com/science-vs-myth/extrasensory-perceptions/hypnosis.htm

https://www.headspace.com/meditation-101/what-is-meditation

 

 

Vet Tech Taproom Episode 4

Vet Tech Taproom Episode 4

May 14, 2020

Dave and Jeff try their hand at Instagram Live, so you will hear us saying hi to various people that have joined the broadcast.  We discuss an article about how to spot and treat team burnout from Covid 19 (link to the article below).  In our episode with Joe Defulio, he tells us about the ProQol assessment which we have both taken and go over our results.  We recommend you try this out and see where you fall on the spectrum of compassion fatigue and burnout.  This episode is essentially the raw Instagram feed with limited editing.  We hope you enjoy!

Links:

https://www.practicelife.com/en/latest/how-to-spot-and-treat-team-burnout-from-covid-19/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social_organic&utm_campaign=practicelife&utm_content&fbclid=IwAR3klp_orY0f7Syj-W7rtVsy5P0GNYUdEkkQbg12PrFF8RYtdo0AZmsXDDs

https://www.proqol.org/

https://www.proqol.org/uploads/ProQOL_5_English_Self-Score.pdf

Vet Tech Cafe - Joe Defulio episode

Vet Tech Cafe - Joe Defulio episode

May 3, 2020

We kick off our May series of Mental Health Awareness episodes with Joe Defulio, CVT, LVT, CFE, CCFP.  Joe is the vice president of clinical services for MedVet and is also the cofounder of East Coast Veterinary Education with past guest Liza Rudolph.  We had a great discussion about compassion fatigue, how to recognize it, and steps to take to get out of it.  Joe also taught us about the differences between compassion fatigue and burnout as well as giving us tools to help recognize if we're going through it.   

Links:

https://www.proqol.org/

Link to the self test:  https://www.proqol.org/uploads/ProQOL_5_English_Self-Score.pdf

https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/  800-273-TALK (8255)

https://www.facebook.com/groups/NOMVSupportStaff/

https://qprinstitute.com/

https://nami.org/Home

https://www.mhanational.org/mental-health-month

 

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