Maintaining resiliency during COVID-19 and planning your practice future now

April 14, 2020
dvm360 Staff

Are you remaining optimistic about the future of veterinary practice? This ongoing COVID-19 conversation offers tips for combatting depression and burnout right now, and planning for the future.

How veterinary practices operate will change fundamentally as a result of what the world is experiencing right now, says Courtney Campbell, DVM, DACVS, a surgeon at VetSurg in Ventura, Ca. He calls it the 'COVID era' because he believes current events will "change the way we act with each other and the way we do business going forward."

Dr. Campbell joins Beth Davidow, DVM, DACVECC, clinical assistant professor of emergency and critical care at Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine; and Scott Weese, DVM, DVSc, DACVIM, professor of internal medicine, zoonotic disease, public health and microbiology at the University of Guelph Ontario Veterinary College, join dvm360's Chief Veterinary Officer Adam Christman, DVM, MBA, in a conversation about all things COVID-19. Well, not all things, but they sure cover a heck of a lot, including these key topics:

  • Walking the line: urgent versus essential procedures (start at minute 4:14)
  • Planning for your practice's post-pandemic future (hit minute 8:31 to find out what you can do right now)
  • Boosting resiliency and preventing burnout right now (jump straight to minute 3:15)
  • Creating a victory list (listen in at minute 12:12 to get started)
  • Physical vs social distancing (listen in at minute 10:25 to learn how to stay socially connected while being physically apart)
  • Tackling depression (start at minute 21:49)
  • Practicing good self-care during the pandemic (go to minute 14:19 for Dr. Campbell’s top three self-care tips)
  • Advice for new graduates (if you’re a veterinary student, skip to minute 25:05)

To listen in on their whole conversation—or just bits and pieces—click on the video below. To watch other COVID-19 conversations among these experts, click here and here.