Extra Mile Final Thoughts Participatory Ergonomics Solutions for Veterinary Dentistry
REDUCING WMSD FACTORS Participatory ergonomics ensures both the operator and patient are comfortable. Participatory ergonomics has been defined as “the involvement of people in planning and controlling a significant amount of their own work activities, with sufficient knowledge and power to influence both processes and outcomes in order to achieve desirable goals,” according to Higgnett …
Ergonomics for Veterinary Dentistry Professionals and Patients
Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSD) are occurring daily in our veterinary profession.2,3 According to the American Veterinary Medical Association’s (AVMA’s) Introduction to Ergonomics, it’s likely these types of work-related injuries cause physical and economic hardships on personnel and veterinary practices. WMSDs may be preventable and risks factors minimized if veterinary professionals evaluate their working environment through …
Finding Strength in a Time of Loss
All of us in the field know what a blessing it is to do what we do. While there are as many blessings as hardships, there remains the constant drive to be the best caretakers for those entrusted to our care.
Building Resiliency Through Our Story
According to the American Psychological Association, resilience is “the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, or significant sources of stress.” Essentially, it means “bouncing back” from difficult experiences.
A Personal Journey to Mindfulness
Mindfulness is a unique concept to every individual. Kim Pope-Robinson, DVM, CCFP, has introduced a framework to help others find their own sustainable path within veterinary medicine.
Career Success: The Long Run
“I’d be happy in my job if only _________ would change.” If this phrase sounds familiar, read this issue’s Final Thoughts and learn how you can make change happen.
Bullies like to feel powerful. But here’s the secret: they only have the power you give them. Learn how to take back control of your feelings when faced with a bully.
The Antidote to Compassion Fatigue
Depression, burnout, and compassion fatigue are all too common concepts in veterinary medicine. But have you heard about compassion satisfaction? Read this article to learn more.
Technician, Heal Thyself
As a veterinary technician, you’ve been given the rare gift of being able to aid in the healing of others. Are you meeting all your own needs to be able to sustain yourself?
The Golden Ticket to Feeling Better
When you believe that the circumstances in your life cause your feelings, you are left feeling powerless. The truth is that you do have power—the power to make yourself feel better.