Join the Vet Mums community on Facebook for chat and support
Not just for mums! If you’re taking a break from clinical practice whether on sabbatical, maternity/paternity leave, doing a PhD, or just travelling for a year this forum enables you to keep in touch with fellow career-break folk.
NOW LAUNCHED: monthly ‘keep in touch’ newsletters for small animal, and farm practice (equine and vet nurse to be added in the near future). These brief one page summaries of new drugs, important changes in drugs licensing, treatment trends and emerging diseases to smooth your transition back into practice. Click here to read more, or register with Vetsnet and click on the link to signup and receive them (and nothing more – no junk here!).
Soon to come – a series of Vet Mums articles for Veterinary Business Journal is currently in creation and will be winging its way to your practices for 2018.
RESOURCES AND LINKS:
BVA Guide on Maternity and Paternity workplace rights and obligations. There is also a very personal and honest blog on post-natal depression by Zoe Davies on the BVA blog pages: “[During therapy] it was identified that I had perfectionist tendencies so I learned coping mechanisms for managing my anxiety, including accepting that being ‘good’ was good enough”
BEVA’s Mumsvet has links to relevant employment law, blogs and podcasts from pregnancy to postpartum.
The Pregnant Vet – Carolyne Crowe Veterinary coach and mentor runs a series of webinars and workshops on working while pregnant, and returning to work.
Working Mums has some great resources and FAQs, not specifically vet related, but goes through legal rights for employers, employees, self-employed, mums, dads, shared parental leave…
Post-natal depression – it’s hard enough being mum, but the raging hormones, sleeplessness and stresses can sometimes lead to PND. NCT are launching the #HiddenHalf campaign as 50% of new mothers’ mental health problems don’t get picked up. You are not alone! Read more here. Or for a list of 5 online resources for coping with PND click here.
Loneliness as a new mother? You are not alone (in feeling lonely). Especially having been part of a tight knit team in practice. Read this blog on loneliness in new mums. Or click here to join the Vet Mums Facebook group set up by a colleague of mine to chat to other vet mums.
Want to get fit again… with your baby/toddler? Join a buggy bootcamp and you don’t have to worry about finding a babysitter. Click here for more information.
Returning to work – resources for return to work are growing, both for mums and those taking a break from practice for other reasons. Mumsvet has a page of dedicated resources and links, Carolyne Crowe has developed a 4 part webinar series on confidence returning to work. IVC has now created a Vet Refresh programme to support vets and nurses returning to practice over a 3 month period, with webinars, a workshop day, and mentoring.
Veterinary Woman is a website which “aims is to create a community where veterinary women can share their experiences and to provide advice, information, support and encouragement to help women in veterinary practice achieve their personal and professional goals.”
Something for the dads: Great blog on some of the fears of fatherhood at Psychology Today: “This might be the most powerful fantasy of all — that men and fathers do not need our emotional concern, curiosity, or support. The more we can challenge this fantasy, examining our own assumptions and instead exploring the emotional realities of men’s transition to fatherhood, the better we can support our fathers”
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