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 Work Study Partnership to Continue 

The MVMA checked-in to see how the work study partnership at Mission Animal Hospital with Cristo Rey Jesuit High School is going and are happy to report the students are getting a true hands-on experience and understanding about what goes into working at a veterinary clinic.

The students all have shadowed various roles throughout Mission Animal Hospital to see where the best fit would be. Edison, a senior high school student, said his favorite role so far has been working on the appointment side where he helps gather pet history and works with clients to schedule check-ups, vaccine appointments and much more.

“I was excited. I really like animals so I was looking forward to experiencing what it would be like to be a veterinarian,” Edison said when asked about his work study opportunity. “If a pet is struggling, I have seen the staff find different ways to solve the problem. I can use that problem solving experience no matter what I do in life.”

You watch a recent media story on FOX 9 about the partnership here. 

We are excited to announce we will be continue this partnership for the next academic year. The MVMF has joined on as a partner with the MVMA and Mission Animal Hospital. 

MOVE Presents: Grow with MOVE

Another successful MOVE event in the books!

We had meaningful conversations around profession pain points, tips for connecting and staying in touch with colleagues and a fun brainstorming session centered around potential MOVE event ideas. Not to mention, 150 succulents planted!

Thanks to the Brew Park for having us in your beautiful space!

 Mental Health and Wellness Benefit Making Large Impact

One year ago we introduced a new partnership with Restorative Path Counseling and Wellbeing. The MVMA recognizes that the Veterinary Profession and Community is selective on who they will approach with their struggles, and in an effort to reduce the barriers, we now provide access to a reliable and credible mental health professional (Mrs. Athena M. Diesch-Chham, MSW, LICSW) with 11 years of veterinary experience.

The impact of this partnership has shown how important and needed this benefit is. In the past year this benefit has paid for 251 therapy sessions and has helped 51 individuals across the entire state of Minnesota. The difference is being felt throughout veterinary clinics (3 practice managers and 8 technicians have used the benefit) and across all career stages (3 student members have also used the benefit).

 MVMA members and their team have access to…

• Individual therapeutic consultation
• Access to 5 additional sessions covered by MVMA to allow time to gain additional skills, tools or coping strategies to manage situations regardless of insurance or financial barriers
• Ability to reach Restorative Path Counseling and Wellbeing on short notice for crisis debriefing and emotionally charged/sensitive situations

Visit or reach out to [email protected] to learn more.