AVMA offers certification for well-being in the veterinary workplace

May 14, 2019
dvm360, dvm360 June 2019, Volume 50, Issue 6

Online certificate program worth four CE hours.

If you like free CE and you like championing well-being in your veterinary hospital, you may like the AVMA's new Workplace Wellbeing Certificate Program.

Those who complete the online course (free to AVMA and SAVMA members; $75 for nonmembers) receive four CE hours and information on “critical resources for group and individual problem solving centered around creating a culture of well-being,” according to a release.

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Everyone who signs up for the program starts with the module “Creating a Culture of Wellbeing” with Jen Brandt, PhD, AVMA director of well-being and diversity. Then they finish up the following in any order they want:

  • "How to Request, Receive and Give Feedback” with Dr. Brandt
  • "Transforming Conflict” with Dr. Brandt and Elizabeth Strand, PhD, founding director of veterinary social work at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine
  • "QPR Assessment” (risk assessment and management of suicide risk) with the QPR Institute
  • "Diversity and Inclusion” with Lisa Greenhill, MPA, EdD, AAVMC senior director for research and diversity, and Dane Whitaker, DVM, president-elect for Pride Veterinary Medical Community (formerly the Lesbian and Gay Veterinary Medical Association).

The online course can be accessed on AVMA Axon, the association's online learning portal. The program was made possible by an educational grant from Merck Animal Health, which also funded the Merck Animal Health Veterinary Wellbeing Study.

“It's significant that the AVMA's first online education certificate program provides the entire veterinary team with a valuable and meaningful user experience that meets their personal and professional needs,” says John de Jong, DVM, president of the AVMA. “It is truly ‘help for the helpers.' While veterinary professionals are busy protecting the health and welfare of people and their pets, the AVMA wants to protect the well-being of the entire veterinary team by providing this high-quality and unique digital education series.”

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