Institute Senior Rotation - a two-week elective clinical rotation
focusing on client communication and creating a supportive,
collaborative and compassionate veterinarian-client-patient relationship. The purpose of this rotation is manyfold:
1. To provide opportunities for client interactions to enhance
client communication skills, particularly related to end of life
discussions, decision making, and highly emotional situations.
2. To use communication strategies to be fully present, non-judgmental, open, empathetic, and respectful in client interactions
3. To establish supportive, caring and compassionate relationships with clients and to advocate for client and pet needs.
4. To put self-care and work-life balance practices into place to minimize stress, burnout and compassion fatigue
5. To foster self-awareness as a tool for continued professional development and personal growth.
These learning goals are accomplished through:
1. Morning skills-focused interactive sessions.
2. Supportive interactions with VTH clients and veterinary medical teams
3. Afternoon clinical rounds
4. Simulated client laboratory
5. Daily reflective readings
6. Video reflection assignment
7. Professional self-exploration writing assignment
By completion of this rotation, you should be able to:
1. Utilize effective, empathetic, compassionate, supportive and facilitative communication skills in a variety of settings:
Stabilizing a person in crisis.
Providing basic grief education.
Facilitating decision making processes.
Conducting sensitive client present euthanasia procedures.
Following up with clients and staff as appropriate.
Providing telephone support
2. Demonstrate self-awareness:
Providing supportive, constructive and descriptive feedback to others.
Being open to feedback from others.
Debriefing clinical interactions.
Identifying areas of strength and areas for further development.
Setting learning goals.
3. Practice self-care and stress management techniques:
VTH and Argus Institute library
Argus Institute website
Communication skills sessions
Daily clinical rounds
Simulated client laboratory
Observations and feedback of direct client service
Taking initiative in case involvement
Participation in skills sessions, case rounds and communication laboratory
o Identifying key lessons from each case interaction
o Receptivity to feedback and providing constructive and descriptive feedback to others
o Written reflective assignments
Building supportive and collaborative partnerships with clients and healthcare team
o To use communication strategies to be fully present, non-judgmental, open, empathetic, and respectful in client interactions
To put self-care and work-life balance practices into place to minimize stress, burnout and compassion fatigue
students will be under direct supervision by the Argus Institute
clinical counselors all day everyday of the two-week clinical rotation
and under the guidance of a veterinarian 2-4 hours/day.