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AzVMA Proclaims January as “Veterinary Wellness Month” in Arizona

Monday, January 1, 2018  
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The Arizona Veterinary Medical Association has declared the month of January as “Veterinary Wellness Month” in Arizona.


The declaration is being made to call attention to the importance of physical and mental health in our veterinary community and to highlight the support services available to navigate the personal and professional challenges faced by veterinarians and staff in contemporary practice. The month will be celebrated with special wellness programs, positive messaging, tips for meeting individual challenges, new partnerships and website resources.


It is no secret that practice teams come under tremendous pressure to provide excellence in client service and medical care. Burnout, stress, compassion fatigue, finances, euthanasia, unrealistic demands, unintended mistakes and difficult clients all contribute to a toxic mix of emotions that can lead to tragic outcomes.


AzVMA believes that self-care is the prescription for a healthy mind and body. While individuals may sometimes think that they are the only ones who experience negative emotions from factors that are many times out of their control, it is important to know that almost everyone is impacted by these challenges at one time or another. More importantly, it is essential to know that they can be overcome.


During “Wellness Month” AzVMA hopes to demonstrate that we are all in this together, and that we can come together as a community to support the health and well-being of each and every veterinary professional. We are engaging community resources and experts, and will be sharing success stories to inspire individuals to overcome the challenges they face and to continue the privilege of contributing to our great profession. Watch for details.


To learn more visit, AzVMA's Wellness Toolkit webpage.

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