Leading veterinary organizations across North America are collaborating to address systemic issues on the ground – the first being mental health

LAKEWOOD, Colorado–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Veterinary Visionaries™ launches its first concept-solving event from May 1-27, 2022, addressing pervasive issues rarely addressed by veterinary teams: mental health, psychological well-being and suicide prevention. Through an innovative crowdsourcing platform, everyone in the veterinary field is encouraged to actively explore and submit approaches to answering this question:

How might we build systemic solutions and support veterinary teams to continually improve mental well-being, particularly with respect to moral distress, ethical trauma, and compassionate resilience?

At the end of the event, a panel of mental health and veterinary professionals will evaluate all submissions based on criteria of feasibility, activation logistics and cost. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top four innovators, which will be announced on July 1, 2022. Based on the winning idea, an appropriate committee will be convened to develop an action plan.

Veterinary Visionaries™, includes over 50 organizations that support the profession, including the American Animal Hospital Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, American College of Veterinary Surgeons, and Not One More Vet.

“Veterinary Visionaries was founded to bring together the collective members of veterinary associations and institutions of higher learning to share ideas, co-create solutions, and unify our profession’s approach to solving common challenges,” said Garth Jordan, AAHA CEO and founding member. veterinary visionaries. “We quickly identified mental health as a major challenge in our field, and one that deserves more than a piecemeal approach to solve. If we all step into the same space to pool our thoughts, we will find powerful solutions that can greatly improve the field and those who contribute to it.”

“It is not uncommon in the veterinary industry for several organizations to work on the same problem in parallel. Bringing these organizations together to reach their collective membership and reach tens of thousands of stakeholders is not only new, but creates a unique opportunity to address and solve some of the issues facing the veterinary community,” says Dr Chris Gray VetMB, MA, MBA, MRCVS, CEO, Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society.

The Spring 2022 Resolution Event is generously supported by Boehringer Ingelheim, CareCredit and IDEXX Laboratories.

About Veterinary Visionaries

Founded in 2021, Veterinary Visionaries is a collaboration of veterinary associations and higher education organizations bringing together their collective members to share ideas, co-create solutions, and unify the professions’ approach to solving common challenges. To learn more, visit veterinaryvisionaries.org.

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