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Kimberly Pope-Robinson, DVM, CCFP
Founder, 1 Life Connected Consulting, San Clemente, California


Finding Personal Wellbeing in Veterinary Medicine (Part 1): The Dynamics of the Struggle
The goal of this presentation is to provide awareness to the dynamics that make up the veterinary industry and seeks to illustrate the struggle individuals have in staying engaged and connected to their passion within the industry. The audience will gain an understanding of the 3 levels of engagement and specific challenges within the veterinary medical industry that challenge connectivity to their passion on a daily basis. Participants in this session will gain insight into the underlying factors that lead people to leave the profession.

Finding Personal Wellbeing in Veterinary Medicine (Part 2): How to Find Resiliency
With the picture of the struggle defined by the first lecture in this series, the second half dives into the solutions and approaches on managing the realities of the profession. Self-forgiveness and a priority in self- wellbeing are a large part in learning how to have a sustainable career in veterinary medicine. This part teaches the audience how to connect their careers to their life’s passion despite the daily challenges of working in the veterinary field.

How to Manage Personal Emotions in Tough Conversations
There are multiple factors that need to be determined and shared during a conversation with a client when their pet is suffering with a difficult or complex medical situation. These conversations can elicit a number of emotions from the veterinarian and their staff when attempting to support the client through a decision. This presentation covers the traps that a team can fall into due to the emotions within themselves not being recognized and addressed during these conversations. It will provide direction on how to partner with the client and shares ideas and tools with the audience to help manage the emotions related to these conversations. While there is no right answer on how to have these conversations, this presentation helps to define the situation and allows the audience to recognize that we are all normal in our struggle and that true connection and acceptance of our own emotions is in fact the answer.

How to Not See Dr. Google as a 4-Letter Word
Many of us dread those words to come from a client when they bring their pet into a hospital, “So I was looking it up on Google and I found…”. This presentation breaks down the emotional toll Google has placed onto the medical profession. In addition it takes the audience through the journey of google searching and the defining the new “expert” being brought to the exam. In the end Dr. Google is not going to go away, and this presentation takes the audience down a path in starting to understand how to accept, work with, and ultimately partner with Dr. Google.

The 10 tips of How to Become a Recovering Perfectionist
Perfectionism or high-achievement syndrome is a common trait of those that enter into the medical field, and the speaker has found this to be especially true in the veterinary industry. This is a great personality trait to drive the individual through their schooling and training, however it is often not so great in providing them with a sustainable authentic fulfilling career. This talk takes the audience through one veterinary professional’s personal journey of finding a way to accept her perfectionism tendencies. This journey brought her to recognizing personal shame and how to then develop shame resiliency. The 10 tips on how to become a recovering perfectionist literally saved her life and she wants to share them with the profession.

Working in the Trenches – What Mud Runs Teach Us About Working in a Veterinary Hospital
Many of us would agree that each day working in a hospital brings a level of uncertainty, which is often unwelcome. The appointment book can be described as a “guestimate” to how the day is going to proceed. Each day provides challenges and each day there is a team that works to come together to approach these challenges in the hopes of a positive outcome for all involved. Those individuals show up from their own purpose, yet everyone has the same overarching theme in being part of the team. To support the power of the human animal bond and the positive value that all lives have in this world. Tackling a 10-12 mile military obstacle course provides a unique view into the daily journey of a veterinary team. Having visibility to this journey from the mud runners perspective, can help us all find value in each other and also in ourselves as we navigate through this profession.