In the veterinary profession, compassion is the daily coin of our lives. Our patients as well as their families find strength and comfort in the compassion we offer when they come to us in pain. Join us on Wednesday, October 22nd to find out how to cope when your emotional stores get drained by too much suffering and stress.
Featuring Dr. Debbie Stoewen, DVM, MSW, RSW, PhD, this next QDVA dinner lecture will focus on Compassion Fatigue. As “Care and Empathy Officer and Director of Veterinary Services” for the Pets Plus Us insurance company, Dr. Stoewen is an expert on the topic. She is also a licensed veterinarian and registered social worker with a PhD in the field of veterinary medical communication.
With 25 years of practice experience, including being the founder and sole proprietor of a companion animal hospital, she is well-versed in the daily realities of veterinary practice. She adds to this an advanced understanding of personal well-being, interpersonal dynamics, and veterinary-client-patient communication, giving her a unique vantage point on the social aspects of practice. Dr. Stoewen is committed to advancing “quality of care” to benefit patients, clients, and the teams that provide that care. In her position with Pets Plus Us, she provides a fully accredited, evidence-based continuing education program called The Social Side of Practice for veterinarians and their teams across Canada. This includes veterinary wellness, veterinary-client-patient communication, teamwork, organizational culture, and leadership.
Thanks to the generosity of Pets Plus Us, this dinner talk will be free to QDVA members and staff. The cost for non-member DVMs and staff is $60 per person. Attendance is limited to about 70 people. To be sure all members can be accommodated, some registration restrictions will apply. Each attending veterinarian can bring two lay staff. Please register by 5 p.m., Thursday, October 16th. If we still have room after the deadline, an email will be sent out inviting more staff members to attend. Please register early to avoid disappointment.
The session will be held as usual at the Belleville Club, starting at 6 p.m. sharp. Doors open at 5:30. p.m. Dinner will be catered by L’Auberge de France.