Dr. Marie Holowaychuk, DVM, DACVECC, is a board-certified specialist in small animal emergency and critical care and a passionate advocate for wellbeing in the veterinary profession. She lives in Calgary and travels worldwide as a speaker and locum. Marie has a diversity of experiences in veterinary medicine including time spent in general, specialty, and academic practice. One thing that Marie feels is consistent no matter the veterinary setting is that all members of the profession are susceptible to experiencing moral stress, compassion fatigue, and burnout.
As such, Marie facilitates wellness workshops and retreats and online wellbeing programs for veterinary care providers that include lectures, yoga, meditation practices, and one-on-one coaching. She is a certified yoga and meditation teacher and has completed a mindfulness-based stress reduction course for professionals. She also has Compassion Fatigue Training from the University of Tennessee School of Social Work, Mental Health First Aid Training from the Mental Health Commission of Canada, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training from the Centre for Suicide Prevention, and a Life Coaching certificate.
Marie’s favorite self-care activities include strength training, practicing yoga, rollerblading, watching movies, and hiking in the Rocky Mountains.
Dr. Jangi Bajwa is a board certified veterinary dermatologist with American College of Veterinary Dermatology. He works at Veterinary Dermatology & Ear Referral Medical Clinic in Surrey BC. He also provides dermatology services in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Dr. Bajwa is also a dermatology feature editor for Canadian Veterinary Journal (CVJ), dermatology consultant with Veterinary Information Network (VIN), is the Grant Chair on the Canadian Academy of Veterinary Dermatology (CAVD) executive committee, and is the CE Committee Chair for Society of British Columbia Veterinarians. His dermatology interests include otitis and its treatment, microbial resistance, canine & feline allergic disease, and continuing education of veterinary professionals and pet owners. Additional interests include running and watching sporting events.
Dr. Dana Hutchinson
Dr. Hutchinson is originally from New Hampshire and received her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from North Carolina State University. After graduation, she did a one year rotating small animal internship at Tufts Veterinary and Emergency Treatment facility. Dana continued her training at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine after choosing to focus her career on animal nutrition, completing a residency in small animal clinical nutrition under Dr. Lisa Freeman. Dana is board certified in small animal nutrition (diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Nutrition) and currently works at Hill’s Pet Nutrition in Scientific Affairs in addition to serving as the clinical nutritionist at Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston, MA. She has a particular interest in nutritional management for renal disease, geriatrics and the critical care patient.