Dedicated to the wellbeing of veterinarians and their teams
At the Center for Workplace Happiness, our mission is to decrease the suicide rate in the veterinary community.
There...we said it. You might not know it, and that's OK - most people don't.
The suicide rate among veterinarians, veterinary technicians and other support staff is far higher than suicide rates in other fields. There are a lot of reasons and it's our goal to help at-risk individuals manage their stress, and educate everyone in the veterinary community about how to spot at-risk people. You'll see courses here that are designed to promote mental wellbeing, emotional stability, teamwork and mutual respect and support. These courses, many of which contain the word "happy" or "happiness" in their titles, contain powerful tools participants can begin using right away to create more success and stability in their lives as well as in their hospitals.
At the Center for Workplace Happiness, the programs we create are based in neuroscience, neuroplasticity and positive psychology. While science is the basis for the tools participants learn to use, the courses are fun, engaging and filled with stories, science and substantiated tools.
Our Program Director, Sandy Weaver, is a dog-lover, dog-sports enthusiast and dog show judge in her spare time. Her working relationship with her veterinarian, Rebecca Kestle, DVM, drives her passion for all vets and their teams.
The organization Not One More Vet, Inc. is a non-profit that we at the Center for Workplace Happiness happily support. Your support of our mission also supports Not One More Vet, Inc.'s mission to assist veterinarians in crisis.
Ready to compare calendars?
Email, text or call Sandy now to explore the needs of your hospital and your team on a complimentary 15 minute call. If it's a great fit, we'll design and create the perfect program for your team!
If there's someone Sandy knows who can serve you better, she'll put you in touch with that person.
Reach out now for an in-person or virtual learning experience your team will never forget!
Are you a veterinarian?
How Many Hats Do You Wear?
How Many do You Want to Wear?
If you’ve been thinking about following AVMA guidance where a well-being program is concerned but are up to your eyeballs in patient care, staff drama, business headaches, and chasing that unicorn called "work/life balance" there’s hope. There’s help. You don’t have to do it all. Sandy Weaver is versed in adult learning best-practices and understands the elements that contribute to workplace wellbeing. She’ll work with you to craft exactly what your hospital needs to thrive!
Is Your Veterinary Hospital Sick?
Hospital wellbeing is as important as your wellbeing and employee wellbeing. Here's a checklist you can use to quickly assess the tools you have in place and the tweaks you might consider.
Veterinarians' stress is unique - we understand and are here to help.
Though what we teach is useful information for anyone who wishes to be more successful, at the Center for Workplace Happiness our focus is on the veterinary field. Stress unaddressed too often leads to a feeling of helplessness, then hopelessness, then a decision that can't be taken back. Suicide is too prevelant among veterinarians and their teams. It's our goal to create resilience in those who give so much to others every day. Thank you for what you do - let's talk about how we can be of service to you.
As a professional speaker and trainer, Sandy Weaver has worked with audiences of all sizes for years
Her benchmark training program, Happiness is Job One! has informed and entertained participants in many different professions, including veterinary medicine. To get a feel for what a live training session with Sandy is like, watch this video. And you're right - covid stripped the red right out of her hair! :D
As the world opens back up...
Teams still need training.
Systems still need improving.
QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeepers still need to be trained and certified in every veterinary hospital.
And Sandy Weaver is dual-certified in virtual presentations, so you can be confident in the training you and your team receive.
Just who is this Sandy Weaver, anyway?
- Award-winning author, trainer and speaker
- Citizen-scientist in the fields of neuroplasticity, positive psychology and neuroscience
- Versed in adult learning theory – experienced in putting theory into practice to create effective sessions that maximize learning in a minimum time frame
- Passionate advocate for veterinarians and their teams and ongoing donor to Not One More Vet, Inc.
- Member of VetPartners, Inc., a non-profit association dedicated to serving the veterinary profession
- Certified QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper instructor
- Certified yoga and meditation instructor
- AKC dog show judge with a passion for dogs and dog sports
- A natural leader – past President of National Speakers Association Georgia, long-time Board member for the Georgia Canine Coalition, Past President of two educational non-profit associations, past Board member and Education Coordinator of a national educational non-profit association
Leadership – yep.
Expertise – yep.
Experience – yep.
Sandy Weaver truly is
The Veterinarians' ChampionTM
Let Sandy wear the "hospital wellbeing program creator" hat for you so you can concentrate on caring for your patients and clients!
Books by Sandy Weaver - get them on this site or at Amazon.com:
Happy Vet Happy Pet - Caring for Your Pet's Caregiver - in this book, pet owners will discover who their veterinarian is, how stressed they are and why, how pet owners create more stress without meaning to and how to be the best client ever.
The Original MBA - Succeed in Business Using Mom's Best Advice - this award-winning book is part how-to and part memoir. Using stories from her life, Sandy illustrates how her mom's wisdom is as applicable in business life as it is in everyday life.
Create a Revenue River - this small ebook is an extension of Sandy's love of audio production and also of ensuring that information is presented so the maximum audience is reached with it and helped by it.
Happiness is an Inside Job - this tiny book is designed to go anywhere with you and provide a happiness tool or two on a tough day.
Sandy Weaver in action...
Here are a few times that Sandy's been featured on virtual meetings, so you can get a feel for her ability to connect virtually.
This first video is with TEDx Dupree Park. They don't allow video embedding, so click here to catch Sandy's segment on their program.
Have you heard the wonderful podcast, Raising Your Paws? Host Susan Frank invited me to be part of her show, which you can find here. If you have time, listen to the whole show. If you want to jump to the Happy Vet Happy Pet segment, it begins at 9:48.