Special Speaker Series

Welcome to the 2019 CAVMA Special Speaker Series:  Suicide and Self-Compassion in Veterinary Medicine.
 
Our local veterinary community suffered the loss of one of our colleagues this past fall to suicide.  This tragic loss brought home to all of us the reality of the high level of suicide within our profession.  The CAVMA Board of Directors as well as a number of our members feel it is our duty to support our colleagues by bringing this problem out where we can discuss it, learn how to support each other, and together build the skills and resources needed to prevent the loss of more of our members. 
 
Towards that goal we have set up a series of three speakers for 2019.  They vary in their approach and presentation styles, and we have spaced their presentations throughout the year.  We are also opening these meetings to the entire local veterinary community, not just to CAVMA members.  We hope that this approach will allow us to reach as many of our colleagues as possible this year.  Going forward, we will schedule at least one meeting of this type each year as part of our regular monthly meeting schedule.

The first two of these speakers are from out-of-state, so we set up their meetings outside of our usual CAVMA meeting night in order to accommodate their schedules. 

The CAVMA BOD feels strongly that to be effective these meetings must be available free of charge to our entire veterinary community.  Towards that goal we are all extremely fortunate that our own Central Texas Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Hospital (CTVSEH) has partnered with the CAVMA to sponsor this series. 

Our First Speaker in the series is Dr. David Andrews, DM, MBA

Date: Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Presentation title:  Horseback with Heroes – Rebuilding Lives and Rediscovering Purpose through Equine-Assisted Learning
Location: Dell Jewish Community Campus, 7300 Hart Ln, Austin, TX 78731
               The Multipurpose room, upstairs in the JCC education building
Time: Buffet dinner available at 6:30pm, Presentation starts at 7:30pm.
CE Credit: 2 Hours Practice Management CE
Sponsor:  CTVSEH


Please join Purple Heart recipient and award-winning author Dr. David Andrews and his service dog “Shasta” for an inspirational story of hope, healing, purpose, and resilience. With the veteran and veterinarian communities struggling with high rates of depression and suicide, it is more important than ever for leaders to build strong, resilient practices able to withstand the most difficult challenges. Dr. Andrews provides research- and experiential-based practical advice on how to overcome adversity and build a strong organizational culture and community with dignity, grace, and honor. Authentic. Inspiring. Life-changing.
For more information on Dr. Andrews, please visit his website at www.purpleheartconsulting.org


Our Second Speaker in the series is Dr. Kathy Gruver, PhD, CHt, LMT

DateWednesday, May 22, 2019
Presentation Title: Going From Worrier to Warrior: Practical Stress Reduction
Location: Dell Jewish Community Campus, 7300 Hart Ln, Austin, TX 78731
                The Multipurpose room, upstairs in the JCC education building
Time: Buffet dinner available at 6:30pm, Presentation starts at 7:30pm.
CE Credit: 2 Hours Practice Management CE
Sponsor:  CTVSEH

Dr. Gruver is a nationally recognized author and motivational speaker. Her presentation will cover stress, burnout, positivity and tools for work-life balance.
To learn more about Dr. Gruver and to view her TedX talk, please visit her website at www.kathygruver.com
 

Our Third Speaker in this series is John Griffin, MBA

DateTuesday, September 10, 2019
Presentation Title:  Who is Looking Out For You?  Helping medical professionals deal with grief, loss, high-stress and burnout.
Location: Dell Jewish Community Campus, 7300 Hart Ln, Austin, TX 78731
               The JCC Community Stage Room
Time: Buffet dinner available at 6:30pm, Presentation starts at 7:30pm.
CE Credit: 2 Hours Practice Management CE
Sponsor:  Idexx

John Griffin is an adjunct professor at Concordia University. He has given keynotes and workshops for professionals in healthcare dealing with grief and loss, high stress and burn-out. His company is here in Austin.  For more information, please visit his website at www.griffdevelopment.com