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Name: Erin Berthelsen
How long have you been with VHA? Since 2019
Tell us about yourself: I’m from Grand Forks, ND and graduated from the University of North Dakota with a Bachelors of Accountancy. I worked in public accounting for three years preparing small business tax returns but decided to pursue my passion and returned to school where I graduated from North Dakota State University with a Bachelors of Science in Veterinary Technology. I worked as a CVT and the office manager of a four-doctor practice in Fargo, ND, before moving to Ithaca, NY, for my husband to attend graduate school. I became the first Clinical Trials Coordinator at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine where I participated in several research projects across the college, including being a co-author on the first published research paper for the use of cannabidiol in dogs with osteoarthritis.
After moving to Minnesota for my husband’s job, I completed my 15th tax season before starting at VHA. Our house includes a Maltese-mix named Squiggy and his therapy cat, Tanooki.
What's one interesting fact about you that very few know? I worked at the Magic Kingdom in Disney World for a college internship where I was a “merchandise hostess” and sold “tangible memories.”
If you could have one super power, what would it be and why? To freeze time à la Zach Morris in Saved by the Bell. I could get so much done that way!
What's one thing you like about working at VHA? It’s such a great opportunity to be able to provide financial services to various clinics across the Midwest and beyond.
On June 14, 2019, the following communication from the Board of Veterinary Medicine was sent via email to all veterinarians with an active license. To download the official PDF from the Minnesota Board of Veterinary Medicine, please click here.
There are 4 important sections of new law which go into effect on July 1, 2019 that practicing veterinarians need to be aware of.
While August is a slow month for national holidays, there is still much to be celebrated and discussed throughout the month. For a full list of holidays and observations throughout the year, download our free Social Media Marketing Calendar for Veterinary Clinics. Don’t forget about our free Beat the Heat download, too!
Below are additional suggested social media posts for veterinary clinics this month. To use the posts on your page, copy and paste the text into your post. To save the image, first click it, then right click on the enlarged image and select “Save As”.
Hopkins Pet Hospital is a full-service veterinary medical facility, located in Hopkins, MN. The professional and courteous staff at Hopkins Pet Hospital seeks to provide the best possible medical care, surgical care, dental care and physical therapy for their highly-valued patients.
We are seeking an full-time Associate DVM to join our team. The ideal candidate will be a team player who works well with staff and has general small animal and basic surgery skills.
Come enjoy life in northern Minnesota!
Brainerd Animal Hospital is a small animal practice seeking an Associate DVM who is personable, compassionate, and excited to be a part of a growing practice.
As a busy veterinary professional focused on the wellbeing of your patients and clients, your health and wellbeing may be put on the backburner. We've compiled a list of helpful resources for you, your colleagues, friends, family, and clients in the event you're feeling burnt out, overwhelmed, and at a loss.
If you are having thoughts of suicide, text 741-741 to connect with a trained crisis counselor right away or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Gatekeeper training teaches people without professional mental health backgrounds to recognize the signs that someone may be considering suicide, establish a dialogue, and guide the person to seek professional help. It is not a substitute for professional assistance, but it can be a critical tool to save lives – and it's something that any veterinary professional can learn to do.
The Professional Quality of Life (ProQOL) assessment is a widely validated, self-administered assessment tool that measures the negative and positive effects of helping others who are experiencing suffering and trauma. It can be used as a guide to assess your balance of positive and negative personal and work-related experiences. The tool is designed to provide introspection about oneself and one’s environment, and can become a starting point for change. Please note that the assessment is not a diagnostic test, and therefore no official diagnosis can be determined based on the results.
Compassion fatigue and burnout are similar but not interchangeable. Compassion fatigue – also known as "vicarious trauma," "secondary traumatic stress” or “secondary victimization” – is the result of a medical caregiver’s unique relationship with a patient, through which empathy allows the caregiver to “take on the burden” of the ill or dying patient. Veterinarians are very much at risk for compassion fatigue.
Knowing when to reach out for help – and doing it – might be the most important part of your wellbeing plan. No one can do everything alone, and this is especially true where mental health is involved. As medical professionals ourselves, we know the importance of both preventive care and treating illness. It’s important to remember that this applies to our own mental wellbeing as well as physical health.
Text "Life" to 61222 to be connected to trained, compassionate counselors 24/7/365.
Minnesota Mental Health Crisis Response Phone Numbers (By County)
Wisconsin Crisis Response Phone Numbers (By County)
Minnesota Health Professionals Services Program
Minnesota's Health Professionals Services Program protects the public by providing monitoring services to regulated health care professionals whose illnesses may impact their ability to practice safely. The goals of HPSP are to promote early intervention, diagnosis and treatment for health professionals with illnesses, and to provide monitoring services as an alternative to Board discipline.
Suicide Prevention Lifeline Online Chat
24/7 Phone: 1-800-273-8255
We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
24/7 Phone: 1-800-662-4357
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s helpline offers information in English and Spanish to people facing addiction, substance abuse problems and mental health concerns. Callers from the United States and U.S. territories can get free help finding nearby physicians and treatment centers specializing in addiction and mental health disorders.
Alcohlic Anonymous General Service Office
24/7 Phone: 1-800-622-2255
The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence and its network of affiliate organizations provide assistance to people struggling with substance use disorders, such as alcoholism and opioid addiction. NCADD can help you assess your situation and provide information on treatment options. The Hope Line can connect you with a nearby treatment center and other helpful resources in your community.
Alcohlic Anonymous General Service Office
Alcoholics Anonymous is a worldwide fellowship of men and women who have struggled with alcoholism. People in recovery attend AA meetings to receive nonprofessional support from peers who understand their personal struggles with alcohol and maintaining sobriety. The organization hosts thousands of meetings for anyone who wants to work on their problems with alcohol. To find a meeting near you, call the Alcoholics Anonymous General Service Office or visit the AA website.
National Alliance on Mental Illness HelpLine
Phone: 1-800-950-6264 (Monday - Friday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM EST)
The National Alliance on Mental Illness HelpLine offers free and confidential assistance to people with mental health disorders, their family members and their caregivers. The advocacy group provides information about mental health conditions and refers callers to nearby treatment and support services.
LGBT National Hotline
Phone: 1-888-843-4564 (Monday - Friday: 4:00 PM - 12:00 AM EST; Saturday: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM EST)
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender National Hotline offers one-on-one support, information and local resources to members of the LGBTQ+ community. The free and confidential hotline helps callers of all ages with mental health problems, coming-out concerns, relationship problems, bullying and more. You can also call to find LGBT-friendly support groups, religious organizations and sports leagues.
Al-Anon Family Groups
24/7 Phone: 1-888-425-2666
Al-Anon Family Groups offers a supportive community for teens and adults affected by another person’s alcoholism. People attend Al-Anon and Alateen meetings to share support, coping strategies and stories of hope with others who are suffering because of a friend or family member’s addiction. Call the Al-Anon hotline to find meetings in your area.
Nar-Anon Family Groups
Phone: 1-800-477-6291 (Monday - Thursday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM PST; Friday: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM PST)
Nar-Anon Family Groups is a fellowship for people affected by a loved one’s drug addiction. Nar-Anon hosts weekly meetings where members discuss the challenges of addiction and share support. Members learn the Twelve Steps of Nar-Anon, which can help them cope with personal problems related to a friend or family member’s addiction. Call the Nar-Anon hotline to locate meetings in your community.
Depression is more than feeling sad or stressed. It’s a continuing condition that can interrupt regular activity. If untreated, depression can become more severe and develop into a serious illness. It can affect performance at work or school and interfere with personal relationships. In the worst situations, depression can lead to suicide.
Drug Abuse Resources
Prescription drugs have soared in popularity in the past two decades and are now the most abused substances in the world behind alcohol and marijuana. Access to prescription drugs is plentiful in the United States, and the rate of prescription drug addiction has reached epidemic levels.
Signs of substance abuse include smelling like alcohol or other drugs, getting in trouble, blacking out. Changes in behavior and appearance are also common. People who use drugs tend to do things they wouldn’t normally do while sober.
For some, there’s nothing better than boating, camping, and spending time outside when the weather is beautiful. For pets, that can be a recipe for disaster. Remind pet owners of the dangers of hot weather for their pets by checking out this helpful free “Beat the Heat” download for veterinary clinics.
The first day of summer is Friday, June 21, but that hasn't stopped temperatures from reaching the high 80°'s in the Midwest, and even higher in other parts of the United States.