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Symposium Featured Speakers:

Keynote T.S. Williams Speaker

Carla L. Gartrell, DVM, JD, DACVIM

Dean, Midwestern University

College of Veterinary Medicine

57th Annual Veterinary Medical Symposium

Featured T.S. Williams Lecture Speaker

March 23, 2023

10:00 AM CST

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Dr. Carla L. Gartrell was appointed as the new dean at Midwestern University College of Veterinary Medicine located in Glendale, Arizona, in 2022. Dr. Gartrell received her B.S. and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees from Tuskegee University in 1988. She completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Tennessee and then a small animal internal medicine residency at Michigan State University (MSU). She stayed on as faculty at MSU as an assistant professor of medicine for five years post-residency.

Prior to joining the Midwestern faculty, Dr. Gartrell was Chief of Medicine and part-owner of a large private practice specialty hospital in Raleigh, North Carolina. She then stepped away from practice and joined the world of industry working as the Associate Director of Academic Affairs for Hill’s Pet Nutrition. While working full-time as a veterinarian, she completed her law degree and is a licensed attorney.

Dr. Gartrell started at Midwestern University in 2015 as Associate Professor and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. During her time at Midwestern, she was promoted to Professor and Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, before accepting the position of Dean. She is Board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Bar Association, and the Arizona Veterinary Medical Association.

Dean Gartrell hopes to inspire and encourage returning veterinarians and current students to make an impact in the veterinary profession during her symposium presentation.

Keynote General Session Speaker

Dr. Quincy Hawley

Quincy Hawley, DVM, CPC

Small Animal/Relief Veterinarian and Co-founder, Get MotiVETed Veterinary Wellbeing Solutions, LLC.

57th Annual Veterinary Medical Symposium

Presentation Topic:

  Prioritizing Burnout Preparedness and Wellbeing Training in Veterinary Medicine

March 24, 2023

10:30 AM CST

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Dr. Quincy Hawley is a 2013 graduate of North Carolina State's College of Veterinary Medicine and has been a small animal practice and relief veterinarian since graduating. Most notably, he is an internationally recognized speaker who presents on wellbeing and burnout preparedness for veterinary professionals.

After overcoming his own bout of veterinary burnout, he cofounded Get MotiVETed Veterinary Wellbeing Solutions, LLC, to help all members of the veterinary community to enjoy life and veterinary medicine instead of enduring through them. Dr. Hawley is also one of the co-creators of Get MotiVETed University - the world’s first school of wellbeing specifically for veterinary professionals, which houses the Veterinary Burnout P.R.E.P. Certification Training Program.

Through the Get MotiVETed platform, Dr. Hawley hopes to make poor wellbeing and burnout things of the past for the entire global veterinary community! During his symposium presentation, Dr. Hawley has outlined the following objectives:

  • Describe the importance of prioritizing wellbeing and burnout preparedness training.  
  • Define veterinary burnout preparedness training, true wellbeing, and pseudo wellbeing.
  • Develop a simple and clear wellbeing call to action for yourself and/or your organization.
  • List 3 perspectives that you can use to improve the quality of your veterinary experience.
  • List two strategies for quickly increasing your level of wellbeing.