Veterinary mentorship - why there's a crisis lurking in America

Learning Objectives

  • How to grow your team sustainably
  • How coaching can foster good mental health
  • How to improve team wellbeing

Session Summary

There's a hiring crunch across the United States and beyond - it's all anyone in veterinary seems to be talking about right now. Practice managers and clinic directors are struggling to source - and in some cases, even retain - veterinary talent leaving teams overstretched, overworked and headed for catastrophe.

Dr Andrew Moffat wants to explore how effective mentoring in the veterinary profession can be one cog in the machine to combat this growing problem, and how we can build a more sustainable future for young veterinarians for the benefit of our workforce and our patients.

About Dr Andrew Moffatt

Born and raised in Melbourne, Australia, Andrew Moffatt, DVM, MBA, is the Founder and current CEO of VetnCare, Inc, a growing group of veterinary hospitals in the San Francisco Bay Area.

In 2017 Dr. Moffatt was awarded the California Veterinary Medical Association's "RVT's Outstanding DVM of the Year".

With experience across multiple clinics in the UK and US - and securing an Executive MBA from Cass Business School, he is now working towards obtaining his certification as a Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner (CVPP) with the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management and is Fear Free Certified. He is an active member of the CVMA's PAC (Political Action Committee) and the Certified Veterinary Assistant Committee. He is also a past Vice President and Board Member of the Alameda County Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Moffatt is an Expert Witness for the Veterinary Medical Board providing consultation to the board as part of Disciplinary Investigations.

These days his main foci are New Graduate mentorship, veterinarian recruitment, and clinical leadership and operations. He is most driven by helping veterinarians be their best professional selves. Having suffered 'Burnout' himself, his current passion is creating clinical environments that reduce burnout in veterinary professionals and allow them to be happy and successful, professionally and financially.

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