A few of our favorite things (2020 edition)

December 1, 2020
Adam Christman, DVM, MBA

dvm360, dvm360 December 2020, Volume 51, Issue 12

Here are just a few of our favorite things from 2020.

This year has been a lesson in rituals, creating space, and finding presence. It has presented unforeseen challenges and much sadness, but it has also given us an opportunity to slow down and really think about our profession, our commitment to doing things we care deeply about, and what makes our profession resilient and adaptable.

Family

No one knew a pandemic would flip the entire world upside down. This has been the year to put a pause on the hustle and bustle of our daily lives and realize how precious life really is. Family–including the furry members–has been front and center. We have gained profound appreciation for unplugging and for Mother Nature. Creating memories with family is one of life’s greatest treasures. We don't know what tomorrow will bring, but we've learned to enjoy today with those who love and cherish us.

Patients and patience

With so many people stuck at home, pet adoption rates have been at record levels—and our hospitals have been busy. Veterinarians and support team members have had to learn how to adapt their protocols and communicate with pet parents in new ways. We have had to implement additional resources and virtual care measures to help facilitate efficiency and ensure safety for both the health care team and pet parent.

Diversity and inclusion

Although we have much work yet to do, change is afoot with regard to diversity and inclusion in the veterinary profession, including equal pay for men and women, celebrating our colleagues in the LGBTQ+ community, and supporting working mothers. We also have work to do in under- standing veterinarians and support staff with disabilities. This year has elicited fantastic conversations on all of these matters, and we look forward to offering a bigger plat- form on which to continue these important discussions in 2021.

One Health

The pandemic brought the One Health Initiative front and center. Physicians have expressed interest in working with veterinarians, ecologists, and microbiologists on a global initiative to help our planet thrive together.

Self-care

We know how crucial it is to devote time to our personal, emotional, and financial well-being. This year has allowed us to take more action- able steps to ensure we are taking care of ourselves. I have become very protective of particular places in my house, like my home office, which I’ve outfitted with plants, pleasant aromas, and at least one Dachshund at all times. This has allowed me to do deep work and be the best leader I can be. It also provides a boundary for me when I “leave my office” to decompress and meditate. I make sure I start every day with a workout, no matter how tired I am, how dark and cold it is outside, or how many tasks I have ahead of me for the day. Because in the words of our wonderful colleague Betsy Charles, DVM, MA, “keep moving,” I do exactly that. Move, exercise, and breathe. One day at a time.

On behalf of the entire dvm360® family, we want to wish you and your family a safe and joyous holiday season. Thank you to our readers, listeners, subscribers, virtual conference attendees, veterinary student ambassadors, Editorial Advisory Board members, sponsors, and followers for all your love, feedback, contributions, knowledge, inspiration, and support. This has been an incredible year of collaboration with all of you, and we are just getting started. May 2021 be healthy and happy
for all!

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