Dr. Marie Holowaychuk is a veterinary specialist in small animal emergency & critical care medicine and an advocate for wellness in the veterinary profession

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Dr. Marie Holowaychuk is an enthusiastic speaker, dedicated locum, skilled consultant, and accomplished researcher, as well as a champion for wellness among veterinary care providers.

She graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004 and then did a rotating internship in small animal medicine & surgery at Washington State University. After that, she completed a 3-year residency in small animal emergency & critical care at the renowned North Carolina State University.

After becoming board certified in 2008, Dr. Holowaychuk was Assistant Professor of Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care at the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph, Ontario until returning home to Alberta in 2013. Since then, she has become a certified yoga instructor and avid proponent of wellness in the veterinary profession.

Dr. Holowaychuk is passionate about sharing her knowledge and expertise about caring for critically ill small animals. She also promotes well-being and self-care among veterinary professionals by offering veterinary wellness workshops & retreats.


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How to Cope with Shift Work in Veterinary Practice

As a small animal emergency and critical care specialist, one of the least desirable parts of my chosen specialty is the requirement for shift work, which essentially means working any shift scheduled outside of “normal” working hours.  As I become more stubbornly adhered to my early-to-bed and early-to-rise schedule, I find myself less able to […]

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I’m a veterinarian and I make mistakes…

As I prepare to give my lecture on “Disclosing Medical Errors” to veterinary care providers in Calgary this evening, I recall what is still to date the most difficult experience of my veterinary career.  It was when I realized that a mistake that I made killed a dog in our intensive care unit (ICU).  As […]

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Five Ways to Survive Marathon Veterinary Shifts

We’ve all been there…those shifts scheduled as 10 or 12 hours that turn into 14, 16, or even 18 hour shifts!!  And the worst part is that we’re often scheduled for another shift the next day (or a few hours after we finish)!  These so-called marathon shifts can often leave us feeling physically spent, mentally […]

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