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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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Rare chimp birth announced at Edinburgh Zoo

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 The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) welcomed the birth of a critically endangered western chimpanzee on Monday 3 February at Edinburgh Zoo's Budongo Trail.

The baby girl will be named in the coming days through a public vote, and staff will carry out a paternity test during its first health check to determine the father.

Mother Heleen's first infant, Velu, was born in 2014, making this new baby only the second chimpanzee born in Scotland for more than 20 years.

Budongo Trail team leader Donald Gow said: "While we celebrate every birth, this one is particularly special because our new arrival is a critically endangered Western chimpanzee, a rare subspecies of chimpanzee."

Image (c) RZSS/Donald Gow. 

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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.