August workshop covers career transitions for veterinarians

Thursday, July 24, 2020

OLATHE – This August, industry professionals are helping practicing veterinarians who are considering a new career, transition to one in industry, government or at a nonprofit organization.

The online workshop, "Veterinary Career Transition Virtual Workshop," is a collaboration by the Center for the Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine and Kansas State University's Olathe campus.

The career transition workshop is broken into sessions that are offered throughout August in an effort to accommodate the busy schedules of practicing veterinarians and limit screen fatigue. Sessions will be 6-8 p.m. Aug. 12-14 and Aug. 20-21, and from 3-6 p.m. on Aug. 22.

"K-State has heard from many practicing veterinarians over the years that burnout is a significant factor veterinarians face in clinical practice," said Debbie Kirchhoff, executive director of strategic initiatives at K-State Olathe. "We are proud to partner with Dr. Valerie Ragan and her team at Virginia- Maryland to offer this needed workshop to help those practicing veterinarians who are ready to make the switch to a new career."

The workshop is structured as a series of short lectures, individual and group activities, discussions, expert panels and networking opportunities.

Throughout these units, topics will cover career and self-assessment, resume building, professional networking, job searching and other key career transition issues. Participants also will learn about career opportunities in public and corporate veterinary medicine and ones in the animal health industry.

Sections are being led by professionals in the American Association of Industry Veterinarians, Dechra Pharmaceuticals PLC, Bayer AG, Zoetis Inc. and veterinarians employed in federal and state positions.

Registration for the noncredit workshop is $195. Registration is limited to 50 people and closes at midnight on Aug. 5.

The program has been approved for 8 continuing education credits.

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