In It for the Long Haul:
Well-Being Considerations for Career Contentment

Presented by Debrah Lee, LCSW, Veterinary Well-Being Program Director,
DoveLewis Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Hospital

Wednesday, October 11, 2023 at 8:00 pm ET

Veterinarian with cat


This webinar is FREE for all attendees.
1.5 hours of RACE CE credits (non-medical) will be available for HSVMA members only.
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Veterinary medicine can be a uniquely rewarding profession, and there are inherent challenges within the field that can influence our well-being. Increasing awareness and giving voice to those factors within the work and our daily lives that contribute to distress and discontent is necessary for making changes that can improve well-being and support career contentment. This session seeks to create greater understanding of compassion fatigue, burnout, and moral distress within the context of the neurobiology of trauma/chronic stress, and it will discuss tools and practices that support the different domains of well-being within this context. It will also look at relevant community resources for consideration within the field of veterinary medicine. 

This program will help attendees:

  • Develop an understanding of the neurobiology of trauma/chronic stress and the impact on mental health and well-being
  • Define well-being concerns within the veterinary industry, including compassion fatigue, burnout, and moral distress
  • Describe intrapersonal and interpersonal tools and practices to support different domains of well-being
  • Identify community resources within the field of veterinary medicine






Debra Lee

Debrah Lee, LCSW, (she/her), Veterinary Well-Being Program Director, DoveLewis Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Hospital

Debrah Lee is the Veterinary Well-Being Program Director at DoveLewis Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Hospital located in Portland, OR. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over three years of experience working in veterinary medicine and over six years of experience working with children, families, and adults in hospital and primary care settings. She is honored to facilitate DoveLewis’ Pet Loss Support Groups and provides short term grief support to clients following the death of a companion animal. Debrah is passionate about developing a well-being program that supports veterinary professionals in engaging with their work in a sustainable and enriching way.