Dr Alejandra Arbe-Montoya
A few episodes back – episode 018 – Ale was staunchly passionate and polite in her total opposition to the information I shared in that episode. That’s the show where I read Dr Jasmine Klocker’s Open Letter to the Veterinary Practitioner’s Board of Australia, the Australian Veterinary Association and to anyone else who cared to take the time to read what Dr Klocker had written.
Dr Ale and I had quite a few emails back and forth over a period of a few weeks. She shared some of her publications with me. The links to Ale’s publications are listed at the bottom of this page.
When she’s not doing her PhD research, Ale works as an emergency and critical care companion animal veterinarian in Adelaide.
A few years back, Ale was close to calling it quits on her veterinary career. She’d had enough and wanted out.
Improving Veterinarian wellbeing
Today, Dr Ale’s passion is improving the wellbeing of veterinarians and loves to give back. One of the ways she does this is by being involved in several groups where veterinarian wellbeing and healthcare is the focus.
Ale’s the recently elected president of the Australian Veterinary Association South Australia committee and has been the primary author on three original articles published in 2017, 2019 and 2020.
Veterinary Workforce and Moral Distress
Dr Ale’s PhD research is in the field of Veterinary Workforce and Moral Distress.
When she’s not working or researching, Ale enjoys reading, playing board games and spending time with her cats.
In this episode
Dr Ale and I talked about:
- Why veterinarians are leaving clinical practice,
- Moral Distress – what it is and why it needs to be included as part of the curriculum at vet school,
- How setting personal boundaries can help when you find yourself morally distressed,
- What types of communication you need to practice,
- How to handle Moral Conflict, and
- What being a Conscientious Objector means in the veterinary context.
Questions to ask to start the ball rolling to improve staff retention & veterinarian in-clinic wellbeing
Ale shares some of the questions and strategies she thinks are a good starting place for principals, HR managers and Practice Managers who’d like to improve the staff welfare at their clinic and reduce employee turnover.