Special Speaker Series

Welcome to the 2020 CAVMA Special Speaker Series:  Suicide and Self-Compassion in Veterinary Medicine.


CAVMA is pleased to be able to continue support of our local veterinary community through our Special Speaker Series: Suicide and Self Compassion in Veterinary Medicine in 2020. 
Our local veterinary community suffered the loss of one of our colleagues in the fall of 2018 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. 
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. 
Guest Presenter: Julie Squires, BA, CCFS, an engaging, dynamic speaker who focuses on supportive presentations for the veterinary community. 
Date Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Presentation Title: Creating Resiliency While Learning to Ride the Waves of a Pandemic
Time:  7:30pm.
Location: Online webinar
CE Credit: 2 Hours Practice Management CE
Sponsor:  CTVSEH    
Description: One of my favorite quotes is You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf by Jon Kabat-Zinn. Practicing veterinary medicine during a pandemic may feel like trying to surf in the midst of a tsunami some days but like the resilient community you are, you can not only learn to navigate the waters but actually thrive in the midst of it all. 
This webinar will teach you how to handle the stressors and challenges of pandemic practice but also how to take exceptional care of yourself in the process. This is the combination for amazing mental health and there's never been a better time for it. Jump in, the water's fine!

Registration for this webinar is open to all in the local veterinary community.

Follow this link to RSVP for this webinar:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


Please read on for more information about our speaker:

Julie Squires, BA, CCFS
Julie Squires is a Certified Compassion Fatigue Specialist and Certified Life Coach who brings a unique perspective and approach to support the sustained energy and passion of those exposed to the highly stressful, challenging and sometimes traumatic environment of veterinary medicine. She does this in a very distinct way, by empowering them to help themselves through easy-to-implement yet powerful practices, tools and insights.
Julie has over twenty-five years of experience within the veterinary industry as a veterinary technician, hospital administrator and leading organizations, developing and executing training and workshops most notably for Nestlé Purina, Bayer Animal Health and IDEXX Laboratories.  She is a Certified Compassion Fatigue Specialist through the Traumatology Institute.
Julie is a recognized international speaker and also offers on-site seminars and workshops, online courses, private coaching and the Rekindling podcast all as a result of the need Julie saw to help those that work with animals maintain their wellbeing and mental health. Julie lives in New York’s Hudson Valley with her husband John, pugs Ernie & Mabel and Gregg & Duane, their two cats.