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April 27-28 at Manitou Springs Resort, Watrous SK

Last year’s spring wellness retreat was so popular, we’re doing it again … but this time, the spa experience is included! Join your veterinary cohorts for a relaxing weekend at Manitou Springs Resort in Watrous.  The retreat has been designed to refresh mind, body and spirit.

Facilitators Drs Trisha Dowling, Lynne Sandmeyer and Kathleen Keil are once again teaming up to bring you and your veterinary colleagues a wonderful mindfulness experience that also earns you CE credit.  The retreat runs from Saturday lunchtime to Sunday afternoon, and there will be plenty of time for “floating your stress away” in "the Dead Sea of Canada". You can even book a massage or spa treatment.

Registrants have the choice of private or shared accommodations in one of the hotel’s newly renovated rooms.  Retreat registration is $280 per person for a private room on April 27 or $190 per person to share a room with a friend.  All meals, CE and admission to the therapeutic mineral pools are included.

The deadline to register is Sunday March 31.     Click here to register.  

Register by January 31 for the Winter Wellness Bistro

Wednesday February 6, 2019
6:00 - 9:00 pm
Crave Kitchen & Wine Bar
1925 Victoria Avenue, Regina

This winter, the SVMA Wellness Committee brings you another dinner and discussion evening for vets, techs and everyone in the clinic with Tom Robinson, SHA, who specializes in mental health for medical professionals.  Tickets are $50/person for dinner and 1.5 hours of approved CE.  Click here to register.

Trauma & Stress Management For Veterinarians - Tom Robinson, SHA

Your patients, and their humans, may experience significant stress or even trauma as a result of injuries, illnesses, or death. Some people become reliant on their pets for the relationship they provide, and threats to that relationship may result in emotional reactions such as anxiety, anger, depression, and grief. As animal caregivers, your role is to support and care for others, yet the impact on the caregiver of dealing with such challenges is often overlooked. Veterinarians may be affected directly and indirectly by the stress associated with their work.

This education session is intended to be enhance veterinarians’ understanding of stress, trauma, and coping. Education about “human” diagnoses and conditions such as posttraumatic stress disorder, vicarious trauma, and burnout will be provided. In addition, healthy management strategies will be outlined.

Tom Robinson, a registered doctoral Psychologist, has worked at Wascana Rehabilitation Centre since 1995.  For many years, he has also maintained a small private practice.  He was born and raised on a farm near Pincher Creek, Alberta, initially attending art college in Calgary before resuming his education at the age of twenty-nine.  He subsequently received a Bachelor’s degree from McGill University and a PhD from the University of Regina.  His clinical work has involved working with people who have sustained injuries due to industrial or motor vehicle accidents, as well as other health-related concerns.  His scope of practice has included the assessment and treatment of mood and anxiety conditions, trauma reactions, self-identity concerns, and occupational stress. 

Strategies for Wellbeing in the Practice

SaskVets have lots of great ideas about cultivating wellness in their practices:

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:

Wellness articles from veterinarian Dr Marie Holowaychuk:

Other Links, Articles and Studies

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
Real Age - Find out your real age and get tips on how to improve your fitness and diet.
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




SVMA Member Wellness Support Program

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

Continuing Education  

The following are approved for CE credit with SVMA:

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

Everyday Mindfulness

Help/crisis lines

EstevanHelp 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