Integrity and accountability form the basis of the “social contract” between physicians and society, which grants professionals the privilege of self-regulation. Founded on the principles of responsible servant leadership, accountability, and integrity in serving the veterinary student body of Visayas State University (VSU), the College of Veterinary Medicine – Supreme Student Council (CVM-SSC) is the forefront of the veterinary students' right and welfare and serves as their highest governing body. Darcy’s personal passions include cooking, cycling, cats and travel. In 2018 Andrew and his business partner and fellow UGA graduate purchased land to construct a new state of the art veterinary hospital in Simpsonville. I appreciated the opportunity to practice new skills that will help me be a better leader and supporter of my team. Dr. Lissa Altschuler graduated in 2008 from the faculty of veterinary medicine at the University of Montreal. The retreat very helpful in my growth as a leader. Ethics is key to the integrity of the veterinary profession. Penny’s latest work makes use of creative modalities exploring how the natural environment, movement, the visual arts, music and embodied presence add to individual discernment and collective wisdom. • Consider what it means to be authentic in life and leadership. 1 A wound occurs when the integrity of any tissue is compromised (see Anatomy Review). 6. Veterinarians, individually and collectively, shall uphold the integrity of the veterinary profession and must maintain the trust of their clients and society through exemplary standards of clinical practice and conduct including competence, accountability, Interested in sponsoring the VLE? They rebranded the practice as Integrity Animal Health … Leaders are needed who can act with integrity and bring their hearts and minds into that demanding conversation called leadership. A wound is defined as a break in the continuity of a tissue of the body. In surveys, veterinarians consistently rank as one of the most trusted professionals in society. I think we’ve earned this distinction with our compassion, dedication and forthrightness. Darcy helped establish the communication skills teaching program at the AVC. The Veterinary Leadership Institute (VLI) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the development of healthy and resilient leaders who can make a positive difference for the profession. It allowed me the opportunity to better understand and appreciate my natural gifts - the ones I was born with and had forgotten existed. The Veterinary Institute has developed this web site so that veterinarians and animal owners alike will have a comprehensive source of scientific-based knowledge from which to draw upon to help our animals live longer; healthier and happier lives. Quality medical records are the cornerstone of successful equine veterinary practice. I learned valuable skills including how to be a better listener and ask open-ended questions to help others discover their own answers/solutions. Wound care in veterinary medicine is an essential part of patient management with great potential to impact the duration and extent of an animal’s recovery from surgery or traumatic injury. Having known Dr. Andrew Verdin when he externed at the AEC, she was impressed with the quality of medicine, patient care, and commitment to clients exhibited at Integrity Animal Health. Since 1998, Penny has led Courage to Lead, a national leadership development program for leaders in health care and other serving professions. DCM is a real disease. Indeed, as history has shown, this social contract is fragile—if we do not maintain this trust the contract can be rescinded. We are not just trusted professionals, but examples for others, and we must cherish our values knowing that eventually today’s discord will pass. Over his 30 plus years as a veterinarian, Darcy has served as a clinician, educator and administrator and held leadership positions such as Teaching Hospital Director, Department Chair, and Associate Dean of Professional Services. DR. LISSA ALTSCHULER. From 2011 to 2013, Darcy participated in innovative leadership development programs that included Leading Organizations to Health (Relationship Centered Healthcare) and Courage to Lead. They shall also recognize a responsibility to seek changes to laws and regulations which are contrary to the best interests of the patient and public health. Without the humility to understand the impact of their actions and the ability to be on the side of truth, our students must understand that they will jeopardize the lives of their animal patients, and lose the credibility of those they serve. Values are not transient, but embedded in us. We must not use contemporary events and the moral failure of our national leaders as an excuse to diminish our humanity. I also know that if we forfeit those traits, we will slip in society’s regard. Reflective Journey Day 6- Acknowledge the space. Without the humility to understand the impact of their actions and the ability to be on the side of truth, our students must understand that they will jeopardize the lives of their animal patients, and lose the credibility of those they serve. In this season of confusion and conflict, I would ask each of us to reflect on the values we value in others and ourselves, and why integrity, honesty, and respect are the foundation to the trust we have in each other and our profession, and are required by the society we serve. For these reasons, we all have an obligation to do the right thing, act with integrity, and be honest with each other and with those that entrust us to care for the animals they love or depend upon for their livelihood. Darcy and his wife, Shelley Burton, a clinical pathologist at AVC, live in Prince Edward Island, Canada. Darcy H. Shaw is professor emeritus of small animal internal medicine in the Dept. • Participate in a meaningful connection with others that honors differences. After all, if our leaders are dishonest and our system faulty, then why should we conduct ourselves with integrity and show respect for others, our professional colleagues, or even ourselves? Development of an organizational strategic plan to promote doctor wellbeing is essential for our collective continued success to preserve the integrity of the veterinary profession.