Dr. Marie Holowaychuk is passionate about fostering wellness within the veterinary profession, since it has become apparent that if veterinarians and technicians cannot care for themselves, they will not be able to provide the best care for their patients and clients. Dr. Holowaychuk believes it is pertinent that continuing education opportunities be made available that will provide information regarding self-care and wellness for veterinary professionals.
Dr. Holowaychuk is a certified yoga teacher and has completed a mindfulness-based stress reduction course for professionals. She is empathic about the struggles veterinarians and technicians face in their professional lives and is eager to share her knowledge and experience in order to prevent burnout and reduce compassion fatigue among veterinary professionals.
In addition to providing lectures related to wellness and self-care at veterinary conferences, Dr. Holowaychuk facilitates workshops and retreats for veterinary care providers.
Dr. Holowaychuk also writes a monthly veterinary wellness newsletter that contains information intended to help foster mental health and well-being among veterinary care providers. Wellness topics that are included in the newsletter include burnout and compassion fatigue, as well as self-care tools such as sleep hygiene, yoga, mindfulness, and meditation.Click here to sign up for the monthly veterinary wellness newsletter
“Marie brings warmth and sunshine to every group. She combines her incredible intellect with a depth of caring for clients and colleagues. As an academic veterinarian and certified yoga teacher, she has the skills to understand veterinarians and guide them to health and vitality. Marie is truly a gift for Wellness.”
— Carol Hutchison, BSc, MD, MEd, FRCS(C), Certified Yoga Teacher
Associate Professor, Education Portfolio Director, Section of Orthopaedic Surgery (University of Calgary)