The Ugly Truth of the Veterinary Industry:
Navigating Boundaries to Thrive.
Find yourself 'people pleasing'? Learn to set boundaries
Poor boundaries lead to anger, resentment and exhaustion. In a profession filled with altruistic people pleasers, how do you maintain your boundaries and not feel guilty? Boundaries are more than saying ‘no’, it’s also knowing what you will and won’t tolerate. The second installment of ‘The Ugly Truth’ series will discuss ways to set boundaries and improve conditions within the veterinary workplace, following feedback from ‘The Ugly Truth of the Vet Industry: Discussing & sharing solutions’, in June 2021. In this 1 hour session, Dr Natasha Wilks & Dr Kate Clarke will help you identify your boundaries and understand their impact on your professional satisfaction and wellbeing.
They will focus on 3 areas:
- Personal boundaries
- Boundaries in the workplace
- Your boundaries with clients
As a result of this session, you will have a better understanding of what kind of boundaries you have, when they’re being crossed and how to have a conversation about it. Suitable for vets, vet nurses and practice managers and owners, the webinar aims to impart actionable, reasonable steps to improve the quality of lives of those working in the vet industry.
BVSc DipCoaching CAPP
Dr Natasha Wilks is a Veterinarian with over 20 years experience working predominantly in small animal practice in Australia and the UK. Natasha completed her Executive Coach training in 2007 and is also a certified Social and Emotional Intelligence Coach. Natasha completed a Certificate in Applied Positive Psychology in 2017 and is a facilitator in the B3 Bounce Back Better Resilience Program. Natasha has presented at many veterinary conferences and works with clients and veterinary teams in Australia and throughout the world via her training and online programs. Natasha is also a speaker for Beyondblue. Natasha created High Performance Vets to help veterinarians reach their full potential in their career. Being successful in practice involves more than professional skills. Veterinarians must also develop a growth mindset, be resilient in the face of many challenges, learn to manage stress and their time, build rapport with clients, have excellent communication and leadership skills and fit well within a team. It’s no wonder veterinarians lose their passion for practice. Natasha is passionate about utilising neuroscience, coaching and positive psychology principles to help veterinarians develop the skills to overcome the many challenges in our profession as well as improve their wellbeing to thrive, personally and professionally. Natasha still enjoys small animal practice and works two days each week using everything she teaches. This results in high energy, productive days, loving her clients and the team while enjoying satisfaction and fulfilment in practice.
High Performance Vets
Founded by Natasha Wilks, High Performance Vets helps veterinarians reach their full potential in their career. Being successful in practice involves more than professional skills. Vets must also develop a growth mindset, be resilient in the face of many challenges, learn to manage stress and their time, build rapport with clients, have excellent communication and leadership skills, and fit well within a team. It’s no wonder veterinarians lose their passion for practice.
BVSc (Hons) MANZCVS MBA
Kate’s passion for empowering individuals and teams led to a deep interest in the psychology of HR management, leadership, strategic organisational change, communications and consumer behaviour. She has a Master’s degree in Business Administration, over 20 years experience as a GP vet in regional Australia and the UK and Membership of the ANZCVS in Small Animal Medicine. In addition to leading development of the Sustainable Veterinary Careers initiative, Kate currently serves in regulatory, consulting and advocacy roles including on the Victorian Vet Board, AVBC’s Sustainable Practice Committee, as founder of Engaged Solutions, as an AVA graduate mentor and as the Policy Council Advisor for the AVA’s Veterinary Business Group, tasked with developing the AVA’s new Great Workplaces Policy.
Sustainable Veterinary Careers
Founded in 2020, Not-For-Profit organisation Sustainable Veterinary Careers aims to collate and disseminate the best resources to spark an industry-wide cultural shift, delivering stronger mental health and retention of veterinary professionals long into our future.
SVC offers a novel national wholesale levy funding model and trusted independence to improve uptake of non-clinical education and resources across 3 key areas:
- Personal awareness and capabilities
- Leadership and management skills and knowledge
- Public education about the value, costs, and humanity behind veterinary services
Vets on Call is an in-home veterinary service, founded with the vision of marrying the needs of pet owners with vets seeking more flexible, sustainable work. Led by a diverse team with backgrounds in and outside the veterinary industry, Vets on Call isn’t afraid to question the status-quo. Their new perspective on vet care is bringing about positive change to the lives of the veterinarians working with them.
With it’s fast-growing vet team, Vets on Call currently operates in Victoria and Queensland and is expanding nationally.