The WellVet Weekend 2019 promises a star line-up of session leaders...and you won't be disappointed.
But...you will have to wait a bit longer for the big reveals. We will be revealing our speakers, chairs, panels as well as our gala dinner guest speaker over the coming weeks.
Keep checking back here for more updates. Or follow us on social media for the big unveilings!
*Special Guest Speaker*
Emergency Veterinarian and Epic Marathon Runner
Rob is an emergency veterinarian by night and runner by day. He became the Australian Marathon Champion at the Australian Marathon Championships in 2015, won the Liverpool Rock 'n' Roll Marathon in 2015 and 2016, where he ran a personal best of 2:27:13.
Rob has embarked on an enormous journey, running across the United States a record five times to raise both funds and awareness for causes he really believes in - Peace Direct and the World Wildlife Fund. Along the way Rob achieved a Guinness World Record for the fastest male marathon runner in a film character costume (an incredible 2:36:28).
Rob will be sharing his tales from the road at the Gala Dinner on Saturday evening, and will be leading the Sunday morning run (if you can keep up!).
To find out more about Rob's journey visit: www.goingthedistancerun.com
Wellbeing and Stress Management Facilitator
Louise is a former competitive international eventing rider and understands the unique challenges of a successful vocational career that doesn't quite fulfil our expectations.
Louise's mission is to help to create a better reality for us all. She has been working with people for over 15 years to help them to overcome their limiting beliefs or fears to create the life they want to lead. Whether it is managing stress, finding a desired mindset or changing direction in life Louise helps people to develop the self-awareness to be their own guide and find their own answers.
Using a variety of methods including mindfulness, meditation and breath practices Louise helps people to enjoy a better quality of life and to be part of creating a better world for us all.
Louise will be delivering the workshops "Purposeful Living" and "Mindfulness" on Saturday.
To read more about Louise's work visit: www.louiselloyd.life
Professor Adrian Boswood
Vice Principal for Learning, Teaching and Assessment
Adrian graduated from Cambridge University Veterinary School in 1989. After graduation he spent a year in mixed practice. He has worked at the RVC since joining as an Intern in 1990. He obtained the RCVS Certificate in Small Animal Cardiology in 1993 and the RCVS Diploma in Veterinary Cardiology in 1996. He obtained the ECVIM Cardiology Diploma in 2001. Adrian's main research interests lie in the diagnosis, progression and treatment of acquired canine cardivascular diseases.
Adrian is a keen cyclist. He has commuted to work by bike throughout his time at the RVC. He also enjoys long-distance cycling events when time allows.
Adrian will be leading the Tour de Cambridge on Saturday morning.
Viv has been practicing yoga since 2005, and teaching since 2012. Yoga and meditation have always been a passion of Viv's; "it is where I find my calm, my truth and my spirit".
Viv runs VNC yoga from her home town of Marlow, Buckinghamshire and is certified to teach Mandala Vinyasa, Ashtanga Vinyasa, Rocket, Vinyasa flow, Yin, Pregnancy and Restorative yoga.
Viv teaches both group and one-to- one classes and runs yoga
retreats in the UK, Spain and the Greek island of Santorini.
Viv will be leading the yoga sessions on Saturday plus the Sunrise yoga on Sunday morning.
To find out more about Viv's yoga practice visit: www.vncyoga.com
Locum Vet and Yoga Teacher
Chloe understands first-hand the challenges of trying to find time to balance self-care alongside practicing as a vet. Since qualifying from the RVC in 2012, she has worked in mixed and small animal practice, and as a locum across the UK, Australia, and NZ. Yoga, her once-hobby gradually became a serious habit; together with meditation it gave her ways to better manage the mental stresses, emotional drains, and the physical aches and pains which come with being a vet. She recently qualified as a yoga teacher with the intention to help primarily those working within the veterinary profession by providing realistic, and evidence-based, ways that colleagues can incorporate yoga and wellness into their daily working lives. Chloe mainly teaches Hatha yoga with some Vinyasa Flow elements, which together with meditation, provides valuable coping tools on the mat that veterinary professionals can utilise off the mat.
Chloe will be leading the yoga sessions on Saturday plus the Good Morning Meditation on Saturday and Sunday morning.
To discover more about the union of veterinary practice and yoga, visit: www.vetyogi.com
Senior Vet at The Vet, Ashton
Allisdhair qualified from Glasgow University in 1985 and has worked in small animal practice since then. Like many veterinary professionals, Allisdhair succumbed to the stresses of the job but fortunately recognised that he needed help and discovered how powerful mindfulness techniques can be in helping in maintaining mental health. Allisdhair started to write the Vetmindfully blog and received much interest in his “the Mindful Bitch Spay” article which is featured on the VetLife website. Allisdhair’s aim is to help vets get more from being a vet and reduce the incidence on mental health problems within the profession, and his presentation will be a personal account of how mindfulness can be applied in day to day veterinary practice.
As part of his work/life balance, Allisdhair also enjoys modest success as an artist working in the medium of photography, running, holidays in Cornwall and even has a yoga teaching diploma.
Allisdhair will be leading the Sunrise yoga session on Saturday morning and delivering the workshop 'The mindful bitch spey' on Saturday afternoon.
To read Allisdhair's blog visit: http://www.mindfully.vet/
Vet and Stress Management & Wellbeing Trainer
Charlotte qualified from Liverpool Vet School in 2014 and, having worked in mixed practice, she now enjoys part-time small animal work. Charlotte has a background in support services and, whilst she still enjoys being there for people, Charlotte wanted to be able to do more to help people by empowering them to take charge of their lives so that they are not just surviving life, but truly living it, experiencing it and loving it. To this end, Charlotte now delivers training and consultancy in Stress Management and Wellbeing, having completed a CPCAB-accredited diploma in this field. Charlotte is currently studying for a second diploma in personal performance coaching.
Charlotte can be contacted at email@example.com or find her on Twitter @cmwhincup
Charlotte will be leading the workshop 'Pacing yourself in practice' on Saturday morning.
Dr Annie Campbell CPsychol, AFBPsS, PhD
Annie is a Chartered Psychologist and in addition to providing counselling and one to one coaching, she runs workshops in areas such as assertiveness. communication skills and understanding emotions. Her particular interest is the interaction between the mind and the body and she has developed strategies that have helped people in many setting to enhance their confidence, achieve their potential and feel more comfortable in their own skin.
Having completed a degree in Psychology at the University of Reading in 1997, Annie achieved a doctorate in Counselling Psychology from the University of Surrey in 2000 encompassing a wide range of skills to facilitate change. This training underpins her philosophy of life. She believes that combining simple effective skills with increased understanding, acceptance and compassion enable us all to live the life we desire.
Annie will be leading the workshops 'Stress solutions' and 'Being assertive on Saturday with Denis Campbell.
To find out more about Annie's work, please visit www.vetled.co.uk
Denis has been passionately involved in Human Factors training since the early ‘90s. He is an experienced presenter, delivering top quality courses as well as providing one-to-one coaching with the aim of changing attitudes and modifying behaviour utilising a wide range of tools, including psychometric tests such as MBTI.
Denis was part of the team who introduced Crew Resource Management training to all flight crew at British Airways and was a senior training captain on the Boeing 747-400. He was also involved with various behavioural development programmes for trainers and prospective captains.
Human Factors skills training in aviation translate readily to other safety critical industries and Denis has been working extremely successfully coaching NHS clinical teams helping introduce initiatives such as use of checklists, briefing and debriefing in the operating theatre.
Denis will be leading the workshops 'Stress solutions' and 'Being assertive on Saturday with Annie Campbell.
To find out more about Denis' work, please visit www.vetled.co.uk
Veterinary Officer and VetFit Programme Lead
Andy graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2017, where he played a key part in the College's sports facilities. Whilst at university, Andy developed his interest into wellbeing, particularly with regards to exercise and sport, and together with his colleague (and begrudging housemate!) Charlie Mays helped to instigate the VetFit programme at the RVC. This programme helped to encourage students to take up exercise as a way of managing stress.
Since graduating Andy has been working as a Veterinary Officer with the Royal Army Veterinary Corps but is keen to promote exercise and wellbeing wherever he can.
Andy will be leading the VetFit session on Saturday afternoon.
To find out more about VetFit, get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or follow them on instagram, vetfitinsta
Vet and Running-enthusiast
Nat is a 2016 graduate working in small animal practice, and shortly making the move to the dark side: emergency out of hours care. She is a keen runner, and is currently training for both the Yorkshire and London Marathons to raise money for the Guide Dogs Association, as well as dabbling with a bit of fell running! Nat first discovered running as a procrastination from vet school exams, but it soon became much more than that. Running has become vital to both her physical and mental health, particularly in those stressful first few years in practice. Nat is passionate about helping others to find the confidence to get active, and sharing the power of exercise for mental health. She runs a wellbeing and running blog called This Vet Runs, and has used her social media presence to encourage many new runners, and raise awareness of mental health.
Nat will be leading the Wakey wakey run on Saturday morning.
Large Animal Vet and VetFit Programme Lead
Charlie graduated in July 2018 from the RVC. During his time at London, he was involved in many aspects of the college including Students' Union President but his real passion was in sports and was part of the SU Sports Staff for 6 years in various roles. During this period RVC added many facilities, including a sports centre, astro pitch and gyms to the campuses. But his proudest success was starting the VetFit project with Andy in 2017, targeting students to take up exercise to improve their wellbeing, which is something they are both keen to continue after graduating.
Charlie currently works as a Large Animal Vet for Scarsdale Vets in Derbyshire and keeps his activity levels up by playing rugby, golf, and resistance bands in the back of the car for stressful days.
Charlie will be leading the VetFit session on Saturday afternoon.
To find out more about VetFit, get in touch by emailing email@example.com or follow them on instagram, vetfitinsta
Shailen Jasani, MA VetMB MRCVS DACVECC
Special Guest Speaker
Shailen graduated from the University of Cambridge in 1999 before specialising in Emergency and Critical Care three years later. Since then he has spent time working in both referral and primary care sectors and is the founder of The Ralph, a truly different type of referral hospital due to open in January 2019.
Shailen is someone who tries to make the world a bit better for everyone else. Be that supporting pet carers who are struggling with the loss of their companion animals through his bereavement site, fellow colleagues and veterinary students in the work place…or just the world at large. His compassionate and empathetic nature and his approach to people really are an inspiration.
The WellVet mission is to inspire veterinary professionals to thrive, and we know that this is a sentiment that Shailen not only echoes but actively encourages through all of his work in the sector. So, when the WellVet team were thinking about how to bring the inaugural WellVet weekend to a close, there was no doubt that Shailen would be just the person to do the honours. It is an absolute privilege for him to be closing the event with what is sure to be a rousing and motivational speech.
To find out more about The Ralph, visit https://theralph.vet/
Amanda trained as a dancer and continued to teach Contemporary Dance and Ballet for the last 20 years, her fascination with how the body works and moves efficiently led Amanda to Pilates. Having joined different courses in the area she has seen the immense benefits that Pilates offers. Having suffered a back injury herself during her dance training Amanda has been troubled with lower back pain for years, since learning Pilates that pain is now under control, it seemed the next step was to train to be a Pilates teacher.
Amanda has qualifications in Body Control Pilates and she also holds a REPS Level 3 Qualification with additional certification for: Intermediate Matwork, Antenatal Pilates, Postnatal Pilates, Older person Pilates, Standing Pilates, Bands, Toning Circles, Small Balls, Foam Rollers, Childrens Pilates, and Breast Cancer. Amanda has also completed her teacher training with Cambridge University & Anglia Ruskin and holds a Certificate Of Education and a WABBA Fitness Instructors Diploma
Amanda will be leading the Pilates:exercises to manage your body in practice session on Saturday morning.
To find out more about AM Pilates, visit the website: www.ampilates.co.uk