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.


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...