Announcing the winners of the Spring Solving Event!

With 133 BIG ideas, choosing the top ones was a hefty lift!

Thanks to all of you, our profession’s first Solving Event was a massive success! A total of 133 BIG ideas means our Solving Champions and Evaluators had a hefty task at hand. Each submission was thoughtfully reviewed and based on set criteria, one winner and three runners-up were selected. While only a few BIG ideas could be deemed as winners, each idea will surely be a winning solution for someone in the veterinary world.

Coral Doherty, RVT, CPHSA

Workplace Psychological Health and Safety Development Director, Better Mental Health for the Future,  Manitoba, Canada

The Winning Idea:

Standards for Psychological Health and Safety


Canada recently (2018) reaffirmed their National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the workplace - focused on prevention, promotion, and guidance to staged implementation (see attachment). Similarly, in June 2021, a new International Standard (ISO 45003) was published for Occupational health and safety management — Psychological health and safety at work — Guidelines for managing psychosocial risks (see attached). The American National Standards Institute (ANSI)is adopting the same standard.


Runners-Up


Wellbeing = Day ONE Competency for all Veterinary Professionals

Virginia Corrigan, DVM, MPH, DABVP, CCRP, CHPV

Program Director, Veterinary Technology, Appalachian State University, North Carolina

What if all schools and colleges of veterinary medicine, as well as all veterinary technology/veterinary nursing, and veterinary assistant programs, had comprehensive and evidence-based wellbeing frameworks and programs in place in order to best set up students, faculty, and staff for success? What if wellbeing wasn’t just something that was talked about, but was actually integrated into the culture, the formal and informal curriculum, and within the core values and leadership philosophy of the institutions themselves? 

Handling Moral Distress Accredited Course

Kat Williams


Behaviour Support Clinician and Veterinary Wellbeing Advocate,Brisbane, Australia

To continuously improve the mental wellbeing of veterinary teams, a Handing Moral Distress Accredited Course could be delivered to empower employees and employers with individual AND systemic strategies to handle the moral distress and ethical trauma we inevitably face in our profession.

The wellbeing and strategies of individuals and organisations interact and affect one another, so a holistic approach is needed to order to champion effective and...

Employee Assistance
Program For All

Joseph Fifer

Veterinary medical student at Colorado State University

A review of the public tax filings of veterinary associations in North America reveals that, collectively, the professional and trade associations have amassed well over $100 million in financial assets. The reserves of these organizations are, in effect, their members' money being held in various accounts and investments.

The 50 largest for-profit companies in the veterinary industry (pharma, software, medical device, etc.) collectively spend in excess of $75 million on advertising...

What did you think about the Spring Solving Event?

Please take three minutes to share your thoughts in this brief survey. You’ll also be able to provide feedback on new solving topics while submitting your own.

Thanks again for being a part of Veterinary Visionaries!

Because SOLVING TOGETHER means SUCCEEDING FOR ALL.


We’re all in the same profession. We all face the same issues. We all ponder unique solutions. It’s time we all get into the same space and share them.

When the same mega issue faces the same group of people—whether they collectively communicate it or not—the wheels start turning. Late at night. Early in the morning. Between appointments. That issue permeates thoughts—and ideas and action plans percolate.

What if there was a way to coalesce everyone’s disparate plans in one place with the overarching goal being systemic change?

That’s the genesis of Veterinary Visionaries™—a future-focused collaboration hosted by nearly 50 organizations that have banded together for online, crowd-sourced problem-solving. And that crowd includes you.

Announcing the Inaugural Spring Solving Event: May 1 - May 27, 2022

We’re hitting the pavement fast and hard with a very serious issue that, unfortunately, is raging among veterinary teams—mental health and psychological wellbeing. Let’s call it out: Veterinarians are 2.7 times more likely than the general public to die from suicide. Why? What’s the root issue? How can we create healthy environments to deescalate situations? Where does it start?

It starts with you

That’s right. You may just have the idea. One that has far-reaching impact.  One that can change our world. 

Here’s the BIG question:

How might we build systemic solutions and support for veterinary teams to continuously improve mental wellbeing, especially related to moral distress, ethical trauma, and compassion resilience?

Get a quick glimse about Veterinary Visionaries from key industry leaders.

Your BIG idea just might land you a pile of cash.

Let’s co-create our better future

Veterinary Visionaries is powered by an innovative platform that links people and ideas, and created a secure space where all are invited to share systemic solutions. What do we mean by systemic solutions? Something bigger than the individual, bigger than the practice, big enough to conquer root causes.

If you’d like to submit your BIG idea, simply register on the platform. Rest assured that your personal information will solely be used for Veterinary Visionaries’ solving events.

Not only can you post your solution, but you can also comment on those submitted, link up with others to enhance their ideas, as well as acknowledge other great solutions, too. When the event closes on May 27th, a panel will carefully assess each and every idea, ranking them on set criteria including viability, activation time, required funding, and more.

Your big idea just might land you a pile of cash

The winning idea innovator will receive $2,000. The innovators of the next three ideas will each receive $1,000. All will be featured in AAHA's Trends magazine and on social media. And everyone who participates will receive a final document with all submissions. Imagine the possibilities accessing all of these amazing ideas!

Got your BIG idea? Be sure to submit it before the Spring Solving Event is over May 27th.

Be a Pioneer Problem Solver and, together, we can change our world!


Veterinary Visionaries™ is generously supported by CareCredit, Boehringer Ingelheim, and IDEXX.

Veterinary Visionaries Founders: