This year’s Symposium was dedicated entirely to programming focusing on the health and well-being of veterinary professionals and those working in animal welfare. We hope to continue to facilitate conversations and develop a better understanding about communication, conflict resolution, and wellness challenges within the profession. Our goal is to provide an opportunity for registrants to focus on themselves and learn tools and techniques to implement in their daily lives. By taking better care of ourselves and supporting one another, we strive to improve the health and well-being of our community.

Featured Speakers

Sponsored by:



Purdue University, Small Animal Veterinary Nursing Manager

Megan obtained her Veterinary Technician Specialty in Emergency/Critical Care in 2004 and has worked in emergency and critical care since 2000. She is currently the Small Animal Veterinary Nursing Manager at the Purdue University Veterinary Hospital in West Lafayette, Indiana.

Sponsored by:



The Veterinary Leadership Institute and RadiologyRules

Dr. Charles holds a master’s degree in Organization Leadership and pairs that expertise with veterinary medicine to help veterinary professionals understand how emotionally intelligent servant leaders can facilitate the development of high functioning organizations.

MCVMA Panelists

Dr. Marissa Rothenbaum
Dr. Stéphie-Anne Dulièpre
Dr. Christina V. Tran
Dr. Marie Sato Quicksall
Melody Martínez CVT

The Multicultural Veterinary Medical Association (MCVMA) was founded to promote racial and ethnic diversity and cultural competency within the veterinary profession so as to better serve a diverse, multicultural society. In 2020, the fight for racial justice came to the forefront throughout the US and the world. Veterinary medicine is no exception. The MCVMA along with 9 other veterinary affinity organizations came together to form the WakeUpVetMed Initiative. The WakeUpVetMed Initiative is dedicated to fostering action to create diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) within our institutions and the profession at large.


What Do You Have, A Bee In Your Bonnet?

by Megan Brashear, BS, RVT, VTS (ECC)

Megan will facilitate a group discussion about the major issues people are facing at work and what gets them down (the bee in your bonnet). We think it’s important to identify these things and then ask if conversations are happening in your hospital. It’s important to address it even if you can’t fix it… identifying and focusing on “what can you control”.

I am the Boss of Me: Taking the Right Control of Your Life

by Betsy Charles, DVM, MA

Panel Discussion- Beyond Diversity: Inclusivity in Veterinary Medicine

by Multicultural Veterinary Medical Association

Inclusivity asks: what kind of environment are underrepresented individuals facing? This panel discussion will explore how inclusivity plays a vital role beyond diversity alone. We will discuss ways to build an environment that is accessible, welcoming, and leads to retention of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) within the veterinary field.

Clash of the Titans: Effective Conflict Resolution

by Megan Brashear, BS, RVT, VTS (ECC) and Betsy Charles, DVM, MA

Megan and Dr. Charles will introduce the topic and then get audience participation to identify and work through some of their issues as a group.

On-Demand Sessions

4 Bonus Videos / Included with Registration

Clear is Kind – Part I:
Ask for What You Need

by Megan Brashear, BS, RVT, VTS (ECC) & Betsy Charles, DVM, MA

Clear is Kind – Part II: Understanding the Veterinarian-Technician Relationship

by Megan Brashear, BS, RVT, VTS (ECC) & Betsy Charles, DVM, MA

Show Up for Yourself: Reconnecting with the Why and How of Self-Care

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

Veterinary Social Work. How may we help you?

by Kelley Bremken-Podoloff, Veterinary Social Work Intern
Oregon Humane Society

Pricing & Perks

Registration after April 18th will be available. All content has been recorded and is available to registrants who were unable to participate live.


  • $35/mo
    • OVTAA Members:  $35
      Non-Members:  $50

Best Value

  • $55/mo
    • PVMA Members:  $55
      Non-Members:  $95


  • $25/mo
    • Veterinarian Student:  $25
      Technician Student:  $25


How do I join the live session?

Everyone who is registered for the Wellness Symposium will receive login credentials the week of the event. Registered attendees will be able to access the LIVE Event here. Simply click on the ‘Click Here to View Live’ button and the live Zoom webinar will open. If you have any problems viewing the event, please call our office at (503) 228-7387.

How do I access recorded content?

Everyone who is registered for the Wellness Symposium will receive login credentials the week of the event. Registered attendees will be able to access the ON-DEMAND SESSIONS here. Simply click on the ‘View Recording’ button. If you have any problems viewing any of the On-Demand sessions, please call our office at (503) 228-7387.

Do I need to download any software in order to participate?

We are using Zoom to host our event this year. For the best experience, please make sure Zoom is up-to-date on your computer or mobile device. You can download Zoom here if you need to install it on your computer or mobile device.

Can I use my phone or tablet to watch the event?

Yes, you can use your mobile device to view the event! You will need to install the Zoom app on your phone or tablet. Download the Zoom Cloud Meetings app from your app store today.

How do I receive a CE credits certificate for the event?

PVMA Members and OVTAA members will automatically have earned credits recorded in their member account under ‘Professional Development’, all other attendees will receive CE certificates that they can document the sessions they participated in or watched the recordings of.