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Overcoming the odds: how can we build a more resilient profession?

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Amongst professionals in UK university counselling and medical services there is a growing concern that the so-called “vulnerability zeitgeist” is becoming a self-fulfilling need creating cohorts of young adults who deflect responsibility for managing everyday problems onto the institution. At a time when mental health and wellbeing issues amongst veterinary students and graduates are at their highest on our agenda (for example through the Mind Matters Initiative), what does such a theory mean for the profession in terms of how it tackles these issues in the future?

In this session we will explore the controversial idea that current approaches to university education are causing the problem and consider whether and how strategies to build resilience throughout the veterinary career can be used to best effect.


  • Professor Kathryn Ecclestone BA (Hons), MA Education, PGCE (Further Education), PhD, Professo of Education, University of Sheffiel
  • Jenny Moffett BVetMed (Hons) MSc Dip MarComm PGCert SFHEA MRCVS, Managing Director, SkillsTree Lt
  • Session chaired by Robin Hargreaves, BVSc MRCVS Past President of BVA Small Animal Practionem Company Director of Stanley House Veterinary Surgeons

Running time: 76 minutes.
Part of BVA Congress at London Vet Show 2016.

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