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New emotional resilience courses launched
“Emotional resilience is mainly a learned behaviour, however our level of resilience is not static..."

One-day courses are the result of a collaboration between MMI and BSAVA

A new emotional resilience course is being launched by the RCVS Mind Matters Initiative and the BSAVA.

The first of the one-day courses will be taking place in November this year. Titled ‘Emotional Resilience for the Veterinary Team’, they are designed to help participants understand the role emotional resilience plays in protecting our mental wellbeing.

MMI manager Lisa Quigley explained: “Emotional resilience is mainly a learned behaviour, however our level of resilience is not static, and we can take steps to increase our resilience and reduce our risk of developing mental health issues including clinical depression. This new programme is suitable for anyone who wishes to increase their own resilience and develop the ability to help others at work or at home.
 
“It is important to note that building resilience, particularly within the veterinary professions, is not about telling people that they should ‘put up’ with bad work environments – we are aware that so many veterinary practices take steps to ensure supportive and positive work environments for their teams.

"It is instead about giving individuals the tools to support and enable them to cope with the challenges that the veterinary professions bring – and this is what these new courses aim to do.”

Part one of the course focuses on emotional resilience, particularly within the veterinary professions, while part two looks at the life skills of highly resilient people, including listening, problem solving, managing emotions, building social capital and knowing how to get help.

Programme manager Mary Bannon, from PIPS Programmes CIC, who are delivering the training, said: “This workshop is designed for the whole practice team and encourages participants to work in groups.

"No personal disclosures are necessary during the course – although participants are very welcome to discuss private issues after the workshop. PIPS Programmes CIC are delighted to be part of this MMI and BSAVA initiative.”

The courses are free to BSAVA members or cost £40 (including VAT) for non-members. Find out more on the BSAVA website.
 

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Celebrity chefs urge public to get baking to support Cats Protection fundraiser

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 In support of Cats Protection's Pawsome Afternoon Tea fundraiser, Masterchef winner Tim Anderson and Great British Bake Off star Kim-Joy have shared biscuit recipes to help keen bakers raise money for needy cats across April.

The celebrity chefs are both cat owners and have said that they hope this fundraiser will help to raise awareness of cats in need and the importance of adopting a cat, rather than buying one.

This is the fourth year Cats Protection has run its Pawsome Afternoon Tea campaign, which encourages people to hold tea parties, bake sales and fundraising events to help raise money for the charity.

To view the recipes and other fundraising resources please visit the Cats Protection website. 

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BEVA offering free membership to vet students

The British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) is offering free membership to veterinary students. As part of a new initiative with the aim of encouraging more veterinary professionals into equine practice.

According to BEVA, less than one in ten veterinary students choose to work in equine practice. The association hopes that this initiative will provide insight into the field and the benefits of a career in equine medicine.

Benefits of membership include:
▪ access to a network of nearly 3,000 members
▪ special student rates to attend BEVA Congress
▪ online access to BEVA's Equine Veterinary Education (EVE) journal
▪ free access to the association's online learning platform
▪ free access to BEVA's practical veterinary apps
▪ exclusive discounts on a range of things from cinema tickets to grocery shopping.

BEVA will be releasing a series of short videos over the next few months from BEVA Council members, explaining what inspired them to work in equine practice.

Image (c) BEVA.