A webinar presented in partnership by the
Canadian Veterinary Medical Association and Merck Animal Health

The 70th annual Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Mental Health Week
is coming up

May 3-9, 2021
Merck Animal Health and the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association are hosting a webinar in recognition of CMHA Mental Health Week as part of their “Time to Talk about Vet Med Mental Health” campaign.
Join us for a 1-hour webinar on May 6, 2021
at 12 p.m. (EST).
Join to hear our guest speaker Dr. Karen Karsten talk on “The child within: how our childhood can shape adult behaviours.” Childhood experiences have been shown to be an important determinant of physical, mental, and social well-being. When we understand that a behaviour or health condition is related to our individual childhood experience, we are better equipped to adapt and care for ourselves.
Terrie McKinley will be available as a safety support resource for one-on-one text or chat during the webinar.

Join by phone 844-401-2619 and Meeting number (access code): 131 046 3143

Karen Karsten, BComm, BSc, DVM

Karen received her DVM from WCVM in 2003 after a career in administration. After spending time as a clinical associate and locum, Karen opened the Central Island Veterinary Emergency Hospital in 2011. She took on every imaginable role to help grow the practice, often working 100+ hours a week. In October 2018, she made the life-changing decision to sell the emergency hospital. She came to realize that she could make her biggest contribution by helping other veterinary professionals find balance in their lives, hopefully learning from her challenges. She has trained and worked as a volunteer crisis counsellor on the Vancouver Island Crisis Line. In May 2020, she started her Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology. Karen has a strong focus on suicide awareness and education and is currently working to create a program tailored to the veterinary community. She is also co-director for a project exploring the potential of a veterinary peer support group in Canada.
Terrie McKinley, MA Counselling

Terrie is a retired veterinary hospital manager who has worked with over 200 veterinary professionals. Over those 22 years, she has endured her share of mental health challenges and victories. Her awareness of the stresses of the veterinary industry, a lifelong passion for self-growth, and a belief that she could accomplish more from the outside, led to a different path. She recently earned a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology degree from Yorkville University and is currently pursuing an extension certificate in Conflict Resolution at Mount Royal University. She has completed CMHA’s Mental Health First Aid, LivingWorks safeTALK
workshop, was a crisis volunteer at the Calgary Distress Centre, an intern
counsellor at the Calgary Counselling Centre, and is a member of the
ABVMA Mental Wellness Committee, Psychologists’ Association of Alberta,
and Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.
for more information about the Merck Animal Health-Canadian Veterinary Medical Association “Time to Talk about Vet Med Mental Health” Awareness Campaign and watch past webinars.

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