WEBINAR: Dealing with Addiction in the Veterinary World (2-part series)

Starts:  Oct 14, 2021 13:00 (ET)
Ends:  Oct 21, 2021 14:00 (ET)
WEBINAR: Dealing with Addiction in the Veterinary World (2-part series)

Thursday, October 14 - Part 1 of 2 at 1:00 pm ET
Addiction in the veterinary field is on the rise, often ignored by management, or dealt with quietly. In this first session, we will discuss the current recreational drug trends, and how these drugs are linked to the veterinary field. This is an issue that we can no longer ignore. Many of the substances you are using in your practice are easily abused and have become more popular in the illegal drug world. We will discuss the signs and symptoms of drug use, abuse, and addiction as well as how to recognize these signs in your staff. Have you ever wondered how and why staff are finding it easy to use, abuse, and steal medications? There are ways to help you manage drug theft and keep better track of your DEA compliance.

Thursday, October 21 - Part 2 of 2 at 1:00 pm ET
The extremely stressful and fast paced world of veterinary medicine is a high-risk environment for the creation of drug abusers. Our profession has seen great increases in drug addiction and abuse, your veterinary staff need your help and support. Now that we can recognize the signs and symptoms of addiction, and we know the current drug trends, we can start to talk about what to do when you suspect an employee has a drug problem. How can you talk to your staff about substance abuse? Do you have anything in writing about drugs in the workplace? This topic should no longer be taboo in the veterinary workplace. Communication and education are the keys to creating a safe, drug-free work zone. We will discuss the pros and cons of having a written policy on drug use and abuse, as well as resources you can utilize, and drug programs that are available.

Guest Speaker: KimberlyAnn Mackey, MS, CVPM
Kim is a Certified Veterinary Practice Manager (CVPM) and has over 15 years’ experience in the veterinary field, beginning as a receptionist, then serving as practice manager for a busy suburban five-doctor hospital. Additionally, Kim has over 25 years of experience in criminal justice, including 19 years as a State Parole Supervisor for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. She believes that her background in criminal justice helps her to succeed as a practice manager and brings an interesting perspective to the veterinary field. While she continues to work in the criminal justice system, she gains useful information that she translates into the veterinary world. Kim is also an adjunct professor at Widener University, Cabrini University and Delaware County Community College, where she enjoys educating tomorrow’s future leaders.

Cost: VHMA Members - Free/Nonmembers $60 (includes both sessions)

Sponsored by:  IDEXX



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Peggy O'Brien
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