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FREE Mindfulness Meditation Sessions
Tuesday, September 28, 2021 | 7:00pm ET

MVMA is excited to offer two free 45 - 60 minute mindfulness meditation sessions. Connect with colleagues and give space for yourself. Take a break from the stress and anxiety of daily life and do something for you! Registration is required but there's NO CHARGE to attend so RSVP now. Open to all veterinary staff.

Let’s Talk: A Resiliency Workshop Series
Six Virtual Sessions: Thursday, October 21, November 18, December 16, January 20, February 17, March 17 | 7:00pm – 8:30pm ET

MVMA's Let’s Talk Workshop Series is an opportunity to meet with other veterinarian colleagues in a virtual group format where you can explore various topics specific to the types of rewards and challenges you face at work.

The first half of each meeting is an open discussion where participants can generate topics based on their own professional experiences. The second half offers an introduction to various resiliency strategies drawn from Mindfulness, Self-Compassion and Cognitive Behavioral practices. Each session ends with a short meditation. No previous experience with these practices is necessary.

The workshop will be facilitated by Nancy Blum, Psy.D. Dr. Blum has practiced as a clinical psychologist for 30+ years and led groups for medical professionals at human hospitals for 15 years. For the past 7 years, she has developed and led groups for veterinary professionals. Dr. Blum also is an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School

Please consider joining this group to see what you can learn about yourself and how your colleagues share the thorns and roses of your profession. Cost: $150 for 6 sessions. 

FREE Mindfulness Meditation Sessions
Saturday, October 2, 2021 | 9:00am ET

MVMA is excited to offer two free 45 - 60 minute mindfulness meditation sessions. Connect with colleagues and give space for yourself. Take a break from the stress and anxiety of daily life and do something for you! Registration is required but there's NO CHARGE to attend so RSVP now. Open to all veterinary staff.

Bi-Annual TUVAA Meeting
Tuesday, October 5, 2021 | 7:00pm ET

Meeting topics will include: Recent and upcoming events and programs; updates on the Career Development, Community Service, Student Mentorships, and Wellness Committees; voting on the next TUVAA President; highlights and important news from Dean Cribb; and any other topics alumni wish to discuss.

Alumni Connections Group for Mental Health and Wellness
Topic: Boundaries, Healthy vs. Toxic Work Environments, and Difficult Conversations

Tuesday, October 12, 2021 | 7:00pm ET

Cummings School cares about your mental health! Join us for a one-hour mental health workshop run by professionals, just for vets. The session will start with a short presentation on the topic, followed by time for group discussion on how it might relate to your own experience as a veterinarian. The sessions will be co-facilitated by Eric Richman, LICSW, Cummings School’s social worker, and Cally Ritter, LICSW, Tufts Employee Assistance Program.

Eric and Cally have already hosted Connections Groups for students and employees during the pandemic, and participants have appreciated the safe environment to share their feelings and interact with their peers. This event is not a therapy group, but instead offer an interactive way to learn about mental health and well-being topics, and connect with others while receiving mutual support. Space is very limited so please email vetalumni@tufts.edu to register.

Kenya: A Showcase of Conservation, with Faculty Host Christopher Whittier V97
November 5 - November 14, 2021

Delve into Kenya’s commitment to wildlife conservation and how Tufts is contributing to the efforts! Chris Whittier V97, director of the MS in Conservation Medicine Program at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, will introduce us to the cutting-edge research he and Cummings faculty and fellow alumni are undertaking to understand and protect giraffe, primate, and elephant populations. Learn more.