2020 Virtual Serminar 7: Veterinary Wellbeing

Veterinary Wellbeing

Wednesday, June 17th from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Compassion fatigue, student debt, modest incomes and burnout have been put forward as potential causes for negative mental health states. 

Today’s veterinarian must balance the delivery of a cost intensive service within a complex environment where client wishes, best veterinary care practices and the ethics of animal health teams are challenged on a day-to-day basis. As a result, it has been suggested veterinarians have a high level of mental distress and, as a result, an elevated suicide rate.

Learn about recent research on this important factor in the practice of veterinary medicine.

  • What impact does this have on the client experience in the clinic?
  • Are there factors that contribute to poor mental health, burnout and suicide in veterinarians? 

- CAHI Members = $85
- Non-members = $100


Seminar Sponsor


Dr. Kathy Keil, Merck Animal Health - Dr. Keil studied cognitive and neuropsychology in her undergraduate and graduate psychology degrees prior to attending veterinary school.  She is not a licensed psychologist.  She has training in Mental Health First Aid, safeTALK suicide awareness, ASIST suicide intervention and is licensed to teach safeTALK.  She regularly teaches ways for veterinary professionals to care for their own mental health, psychological safety and well-being. She is a member of the ABVMA and CVMA Member Wellness Committee and a technical services veterinarian with Merck Animal Health.  She is the leading force behind the annual CVMA-Merck Campaign Time to Talk about Mental Health in Vet Med Awareness Campaign.

Colin Siren, Kynetec Canada - Colin manages the Canadian office for Kynetec, a global leader in Ag/Animal Health market research.  Colin has worked exclusively in animal health market research for 14 years and in marketing for nearly 20 years.  Colin has managed a numerous Canadian, U.S. and Global studies designed to understand business and industry issues.  Colin has co-authored four research summaries published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.


Dr. Jennifer Perret, Ontario Veterinary College - Dr. Jen Perret has been a practicing veterinarian for over 10 years, and recently completed her PhD in Population Medicine at the Ontario Veterinary College under the guidance of Dr. Andria Jones-Bitton and the Advancing Wellness and Resilience in Research and Education (AWAR2E) group. Jen's PhD research focused on the mental health of veterinarians and other medical professionals, and the impacts on their clients and patients. Her published work includes the results of a Canada-wide survey of mental health outcomes in veterinarians, and an analysis of the association between veterinarian mental health and client satisfaction. She has also worked with a consulting group to develop a new, evidence-based mental health resource through the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association
- the i-matter.ca website.