Veterinary Visionaries
Storytelling Event

February 14 - March 14, 2023

THANK YOU to PetSmart Veterinary Services who provided gift cards to all participants — and to CareCredit for generously supporting Veterinary Visionaries.


With employee retention too big of an issue too big to ignore, Veterinary Visionaries set out on a mission to learn more. More than why people are leaving their job; why are they leaving the profession? The dismal stats aren’t effecting change. That’s why the data needs to be humanized to better understand what’s at the heart of the angst.

How do we get people who fell out of love with the profession to fall back in love...and stay?

That was the big solve for the Storytelling Event generously supported by CareCredit. And it all happened through stories.

Communicating from the heart.

Veterinary teams were asked to share their stories about what made them fall in love, stay in love, or fall out of love with veterinary medicine. Then, they were asked what could have been done to solve their issues — or make their love even stronger.

A love letter to the profession.

The ultimate deliverable is a compilation of content available to leaders everywhere. Emotionally charged and passionate, the hope is that these stories will intensely elevate awareness, inspire change, and reverse the employee satisfaction and retention trend.

Watch the videos. Listen to the issues. Take notes on the solutions. Then, implement what makes sense to change your world — and keep our people engaged.

Full-length version — 18 minutes.

Short-take version — 5 minutes.

A profession-wide solution space.

Veterinary Visionaries®, a collaborative effort of leading veterinary organizations working together to solve the profession’s biggest challenges, created its first crowdsourced solving campaign in May 2022.

This pilot event — generously supported by Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health, CareCredit, and IDEXX — addressed pervasive and rapidly growing issues among veterinary teams — mental health, psychological wellbeing, and suicide prevention.

A panel of mental health and veterinary professionals reviewed all submissions and ranked each based on systemic impact, evidence based approach, feasibility, sustainability, and reach. A Solution Squad is hard at work creating an implementation plan based on the winning idea that will be provided to the entire profession in Fall 2023.

Storytelling Event: Participating Founders