Being a Veterinarian


The Veterinary Wellbeing Alliance provides professionally curated content to help veterinary professionals focus on their well-being. This pilot project was launched through a partnership between Veterinary Medical Association Executives and Listeners On Call, which provides complimentary access to its services through the Alliance.

About the GVMA Wellness Committee

The Mission of the GVMA Wellness Committee is to provide wellness support that is inclusive of all who work in the field of veterinary medicine, regardless of role. We work to foster a statewide culture of veterinary wellness.

2022 Committee Members:

Joan Beaulieu, DVM
Victoria Bender, DVM
Taylor Chastain-Griffin, PhD
Wendy Cuevas-Espelid, BVSc, MPH, DACVPM

Jackie Eisner, DVM
Kenzie Gelertner, UGA DVM Student
Jacqui Horner, DVM
Miranda Knight, DVM
Ellen Lapuck, DVM

Souci Louis, VMD, MPH
Lisa Reno, RVT
Taylor Richter, MS
Jennifer Rough, Regional Manager
Kaori Sakamoto, DVM, DACVP, PhD

Jessica Sewell, RVT
Laura Smallwood, DVM, DACVIM-SAIM
Jo Smith, DVM
Kathy Strickland, DVM
Ashley Tolleson, PhD

Suicide Help

If you are thinking of harming yourself, PLEASE, PAUSE and:

For help with substance abuse call The Georgia HELPLINE at 1-800-338-6745.

If you think someone might harm themselves, or take their own life, TAKE THIS SERIOUSLY:

  • Call 911 if you think it appropriate. Err on the side of caution.
  • Call a suicide prevention line (800) 273-8255 or (800) 784-2433.
  • Call your local county crisis line (see website for list of counties and phone numbers).
  • Dedicate to helping in whatever way you can, without sacrificing you own well-being.



GVMA Webinar: “Conscious Relaxation”

Becoming aware of tension in the body and cultivating the capacity to let the body relax can help to reduce the physical impact of acute and chronic stress, and anxiety. In this session, participants will learn a mindfulness practice for consciously releasing muscular tension in the body.
Please note: In order to create a sense of community, participants will be able to join this session with their webcam on. This is an interactive session and you are encouraged to participate. This webinar is available exclusively to GVMA Members at no cost. Space is limited.

Instructor: Dr. Laura Smallwood, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM), RYT-200, Chair of GVMA Wellbeing & Resilience Committee

NOTE: The information contained in these self-help documents is not to be used as a substitute for professional care. Neither the authors nor the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association (GVMA) assume liability for injury incurred by following the information presented in these self-help resources.