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MMI Launches New and Free Training Opportunities for Veterinary Professions

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News Release, (2022, March 28). MMI Launches New and Free Training Opportunities for Veterinary Professions. Psychreg on Mental Health. https://www.psychreg.org/mmi-launches-training-veterinary-professions/
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The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Mind Matters Initiative has launched a new suite of free training opportunities for the veterinary team based on feedback received from the professions in recent consultations and surveys and the initiative’s strategic aims.

In total, four new courses have been launched, all of which respond to areas of identified need and aim to improve individuals’ mental health and well-being and look at ways of improving workplace culture to benefit all in the profession.

The courses, which are all free, are:

VetLed civility training

This course has been informed by a survey conducted in 2021 with student veterinary nurses, recently-qualified RVNs, and clinical coaches, which found that 96% of respondents felt bullying and incivility was a problem in the professions. The interactive training sessions will look at the importance of civility in practice, recognise incivility and understand its impacts, and identify how incivility can successfully be addressed.

Introduction to diversity, equity, inclusion, and unconscious bias

This training course aligns with the MMI strategic aim of recognising how mental health and well-being are inextricably linked with ensuring that people from all backgrounds are treated equally and fairly. They are made to feel welcome and included in the veterinary workplace. The Hobbs Consultancy runs the workshops. They will raise awareness of the challenges in this area, provide information and practical tips on reducing unconscious bias, and ultimately improve the overall working culture.

Managing stress in veterinary practice

This course is based on ‘mental fitness’, defined as the capacity to respond to life’s challenges with a positive rather than a negative mindset. The three-hour course is run by equine vet Mark Tabachnik, the Clinical Director of IVC Evidensia, a professional mental health coach who recognises the stressful nature of veterinary work while looking at the neuroscience of and how the professions can use and positively react to stress.

Inclusive leadership

This course, also run by The Hobbs Consultancy, will support veterinary leaders in creating a more inclusive workplace, recognising that leaders are the key actors in establishing compassionate and inclusive working environments for all. This workshop will provide practical tips on how to adopt an inclusive leadership style and explore how these behaviours pave the way for an inclusive workplace culture in which teams can thrive.

Speaking of these new training opportunities, MMI manager Lisa Quigley commented: ‘We’ve already seen a fantastic response from the professions to these courses. Thank you to all those who have signed up so far. Some of our courses are now fully booked, and so to those who haven’t yet had the opportunity, rest assured that more dates will be forthcoming.’

‘I am proud of this new tranche of training. Whereas our previous training has focused on the individual experience, for example, mental health awareness and resilience, these new courses recognise that individual instances of poor mental health and well-being can often be caused by systemic issues – whether that’s a poor workplace culture where bullying and incivility thrive or discrimination on account of someone’s protected characteristics.’

‘I do hope those attending these courses find them useful, and we will, of course, be taking on any feedback so that we can continue to develop and improve them as we go along.’

The full range of courses, including the dates and times and details on how to register, can be found here


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