Episode #15

Burnout Prevention Among Veterinary Professionals

Host: Veterinary Business Institute | Published Date: January 18, 2024

In the fast-paced world of veterinary medicine, the challenges are countless, and the stakes are high. Today’s episode features a distinguished guest, Dr. Marie Holowaychuk. As the CEO and Founder of Reviving Vet Med and a fervent advocate for the well-being of veterinary professionals, Dr. Holowaychuk, along with our host, Naren Arulrajah, delves into the critical issue of burnout in the veterinary field.

Dr. Holowaychuk candidly shares personal challenges, offering valuable insights into overcoming burnout and stress associated with the profession while maintaining a harmonious work-life balance. Join us for this compelling conversation as we explore practical and effective solutions to navigate and conquer these challenges.


  • 00:02:09 – Exploration of Dr. Holowaychuk’s journey into veterinary medicine and her passion for mental health
  • 00:06:47 – Understanding Burnout: Defining its essence and identifying the symptoms and indicators
  • 00:09:40 – Examine the specific mental health challenges within the contemporary veterinary field and among professionals in the industry, along with the generational impact
  • 00:17:47 – Tips to Identify and handle burnout at your workplace
  • 00:23:36 – Navigating transitions for a healthy work-life balance: Burnout prevention strategies
  • 00:28:37 – How to establish a culture that prioritizes mental health and well-being?
Marie Holowaychuk, DVM, DACVECC, CYT

Speaker | Author | Specialist | Supporting the Mental Health and Wellbeing of Veterinary Teams

CEO and Founder of: www.revivingvetmed.com
Founder and Host of: www.marieholowaychuk.com/podcast/
Website: www.marieholowaychuk.com
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Dr. Marie Holowaychuk is a board-certified specialist in small animal emergency and critical care and a passionate advocate for well-being in the veterinary profession. She lives in Calgary and travels worldwide as a speaker and locum. Dr. Holowaychuk has diverse experiences in veterinary medicine, including time spent in general, specialty, and academic practice. One thing she feels is consistent, no matter the veterinary setting, is that all members of the profession are susceptible to experiencing moral stress, compassion fatigue, and burnout. As such, she facilitates wellness workshops, retreats, and online wellbeing programs for veterinary care providers that include lectures, yoga, meditation practices, and one-on-one coaching. Dr. Holowaychuk is a certified yoga and meditation teacher and has completed a mindfulness-based stress reduction course for professionals. She also has Compassion Fatigue Training from the University of Tennessee School of Social Work, Mental Health First Aid Training from the Mental Health Commission of Canada, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training from the Centre for Suicide Prevention, and a Life Coaching certificate. Her favorite self-care activities include strength training, practicing yoga, rollerblading, watching movies, and hiking in the Rocky Mountains.