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2019 Fall Wellness Bistro

Stopping the Second Arrow: 
Compassionate Care For Yourself When a Medical Error Occurs
with Trisha Dowling, DVM and Anita Chakravarti, MD

Tuesday November 12, 6:30 - 9:00 pm

USask University Club, Saskatoon

The fundamental rule of medicine is “First do no harm”. But human and veterinary medicine is intricate and imperfect. The tests we use are not perfect, the techniques we perform are increasingly complicated and the decisions we make every day are innumerable—and we can do harm. The first arrow is the error that harms the client or the patient. The second arrow is what we do to ourselves when we are responsible for the error. Increasingly, media and social media cover poor outcomes in human and veterinary healthcare, and Facebook pages name and shame practitioners and clinics with online threads and comments. Healthcare workers who do not get the support they require in the case of a medical error may develop burnout, depression, depersonalization, emotional exhaustion, and are at increased risk for further errors. This session features a physician and a veterinarian, both mindfulness practitioners and teachers, on how to provide support for yourself and/or your colleagues after a medical error or adverse event.

Join us for dinner and evening discussion with 2H approved CE.  $50 pp.   REGISTER NOW

SVMA Member Wellness Support Program (MWSP)

Did you know the SVMA provides four hours of wellness counselling annually for ALL active SVMA members?   Click for complete MWSP details.

Articles from your Veterinary Colleagues

Your fellow veterinarians have written many articles for their SaskVet colleagues on the subject of wellbeing in practice. The following are from past issues of SVMA News: 

From veterinary wellness specialist Dr Marie Holowaychuk:

Other Links, Articles and Studies

IMThriving -veterinary wellness website
Coping with Stress at Work - American Psychological Association 
The Neuroscience of Compassion - Dr Tania Singer VIDEO
Dr Andy Roark speaks out about veterinarian suicide VIDEO Sept 16, 2016
Dr Andy Roark follow up on veterinarian suicide VIDEO Sept 17, 2016
Mental wellbeing of veterinarians and producers in Canada
A Cross-sectional study of mental health and wellbeing and their associations in the UK veterinary profession
Mindfulness-based stress reduction for health care professionals
Psychological impact of the animal-human bond in disaster preparedness and response
Resiliency training for medical professionals
Efficacy of resilience training programs- A systematic review protocol
Wellness, workplace stress, mental health and burnout of veterinarians in Australia
Suicide in Australian veterinarians
Compassion Fatigue Awareness Project - ASNTF
Veterinarians Don’t Always Have to Put on a Brave Face - DVM 360
The burden of care: Know the risks to your mental health - DVM360
10 Ways to Annoy Everyone in the Vet Clinic (a humorous side of mental wellness)
Veterinary Medicine: Human, Animal and Environmental Health - Ted Talk
How to Practice Emotional Hygiene – Ted Talk
Mental Health at Work (CCOHS)
Workplace Stress (CCOHS)
Substance Abuse in the Workplace (CCOHS)
Veterinary Burnout - Bellamy 2015
Inter-Clinic Communication - Smith 2015
ProfessionalWellness Checkup - Tryon 2014

Family Health & Fitness

In Motion - tips for getting fit for you and your family
Health Canada - Canada's Food guide, consumer product safety information, drugs & health products, health care system and more.
Heart & Stroke Foundation - Visit this page for local programs, risk assessment, how to recognize stroke and heart attack symptoms
Kids Help Line - 24 hour counseling line for kids Call 1.800.668.6868
Provincial Parenting Education Network - parenting education
The Incredible Parent Directory 2014

Family Service Agencies

Family Services Regina - 757.6675
Catholic Family Services of Regina - 525.0521
Family Services Saskatoon - 244.0127
Catholic Family Services of Saskatoon - 244.7773
Moose Jaw Family Service Bureau - 694.8133
Catholic Family Services of the Battlefords - 445.6960
Catholic Family Services of Prince Albert - 922.3202
S.I.G.N. - Yorkton - 783.9409

Addiction Supports

Alcohol and drug services - Government of Saskatchewan
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Call Saskatoon 665.6727 - registry of meetings for the province (9 a.m. to midnight: emergency service midnight - 9 a.m.)
Problem gambling - Sign and symptoms; Help Line - 1.800.306.6789
Narcotics Anonymous (NA) Saskatoon and district meetings - call 652.5216
Families Anonymous (FA)

Anxiety and Mood Disorders

        Canadian Mental Health Association
        Saskatchewan Mental Health Services


The Arthritis Society

Community Living

Saskatchewan Association for Community Living


Canadian Cancer Society

Grief and bereavement counselling

Grieving - Canadian Mental Health Association
Grief Therapists in Saskatchewan


       Woman, Meditating, Buddhism, Zen

Continuing Education  

The following are approved for CE credit with SVMA:

Mental Health First Aid June 1-2 2019 in Saskatoon
Find a MHFA course in Saskatchewan
Workplace Wellness Workshop - Dr Marie Holowaychuk/ Jolene Watson, RVT
Leadership Workshop - Dr Marie Holowaychuk/ Jolene Watson, RVT

NEW: Website for Veterinary Artisans is a new website created by and for veterinarians and veterinary technicians who also engage in creating arts and crafts. The intention of the site is to establish an online veterinary community of like minded individuals interested in displaying and sharing their creativity, while financially supporting the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative through donations from any sales attributable to display on the site. To join us or for more information, please visit the site and contact Bill Sterritt at

Everyday Mindfulness

Help/crisis lines

Estevan Help line - 634.3400
Estevan Family Violence Help Line - 634.3400
Kindersley - 463.6655
Kindersley W.C. Crisis & Family Support - 463.4357
LaRonge Family Services Centre - 425.3900
Lloydminster Crisis Line -403.875.1277
Melfort NE Crisis InterventionCentre - 752.9425
Moose Jaw Crisis Information - 694.1311
Moose Jaw Women'sTransition - 693.6511
North Battleford Crisis Line - 446.4444
North Battleford Interval House - 445.2742
Prince Albert Mobile Crisis Unit - 764.1011
Prince Albert Mental Health - 763.7747
Regina Mobile Crisis Unit - 757.7803
Regina Sexual Assault Line - 352.0434
Regina Transitional Women's Society - 757.2096
Saskatoon Child Protection Services - 933.6077
Saskatoon Crisis Intervention Services -933.6200
Saskatoon Mental Health Clinic - 665.4000
Saskatoon Mobile Crisis Centre- 933.6200
Saskatoon Rape Crisis/Sexual Assault - 244.2224
Saskatoon RUH Psychological Services - 655.2341
Saskatoon Interval House - 244.0185
Saskatoon Sexual Assault - 244.2294
Saskatoon Tamara's House (shelter) - 683.8667
Spiritwood A.B.U.S.E. - 883.2497
Swift Current SW Crisis Services - 778.3833
Yorkton Crisis Centre - 783.5300

Counselling, Human Relations and Mediation Services

Professional Psychologists and Counsellors - 664.0000 (Saskatoon)

Pain (chronic and pain management)

Chartier, Arnold Brock & Associates (Saskatoon) - 664.6647
Chronic Pain Centre (Saskatoon) - 665.6242
Canadian Pain Society

Domestic Violence

        Interpersonal Violence and Abuse Programs
Services for Women
Alternatives to Violence Program