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PEER REVIEWED 20 JULY/AUGUST 2018 these topics to the forefront by providing education on compassion fatigue, stress resilience and confronting conflict—and by providing tools for our associates and the broader profession. I encourage you to check out Banfield's wellbeing content sessions, available at multiple conferences this year and at VMX 2019. While such a shift will take time, each of us can do our part to ensure we are good stewards and ambassadors for future professionals. As leaders in our clinics, we can be vulnerable and share our own stories of struggle, enabling others the opportunity to share as well. We can utilize the resources that organizations like the AVMA ( ) and VetFolio ( ) have compiled for us, such as the "Wheel of Wellbeing," and bring our hospital teams along on the journey. FIGURE 1 is an example of a resource we created for our Banfield hospital teams, which we encourage them— and you—to use during daily huddles to ensure wellbeing is part of everyday conversations. Compassion fatigue will never have a one-size-fits- all solution, but it's imperative that we do the right things for ourselves and our profession by talking about and making our mental health and wellbeing a priority. For us to be the best veterinary professionals we can be, we must first take care of ourselves. FIGURE 1. Banfield's "Huddle for your Health" cards provide hospital leaders hands-on activities and discussion topics to bring health and wellbeing to life with their teams during daily huddles. Seth Vredenburg Dr. Seth Vredenburg's passion has always been for the veterinary profession and raising awareness of compassion fatigue in veterinary medicine. A 2010 graduate of Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, he started working for Banfield Pet Hospital shortly after and quickly became a leader in his market, helping to onboard new associates and train paraprofessional staff. In 2012, Dr. Vredenburg relocated to Portland, Oregon, to assume the role of chief of staff, where he was responsible for patient care and leading the hospital's medical team and ensuring consistent quality care for pets. He recently completed certification training as a compassion fatigue professional and is leading work for Banfield on how to improve associate well-being. He has presented numerous times at conferences on compassion fatigue.

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