Removing Toxicity and Negativity in the Workplace (1754)
Veterinary Technology |  Personal/Professional Development
Friday |  1:00 PM -  1:50 PM
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center||212B




Melissa Supernor CVT, CFE, VTS (SAIM)
VCA Animal Hospitals

Melissa graduated from Becker College with an AS in Veterinary Technology in 1990, in 2000, she earned her degree in Psychology from Worcester State University. In 1988, she earned her CVT and in 2008, she earned her VTS in Small Animal Internal Medicine. Currently, Melissa is employed as the Hospital Manager at VCA Montgomery Road Animal Hospital and the Regional Technical Education. In 2013, Melissa started her own consultant company – Educational Advocates for the Veterinary Team (EdAVT). Her past work experience includes many different roles from specialty technician, clinical instructor and faculty in veterinary technician and veterinary assisting education, nutrition consultant and lecturer. She has been an active member of many different Veterinary Technician Associations, Massachusetts Veterinary Technician Association (MVTA), National Association of Veterinary Technician of America (NAVTA), and The Academy of Internal Medicine for the Veterinary Technician (AIMVT).

Presentation Info

CE Credit(s): 1.00
CE Level: 2


A toxic workplace is a workplace that is marked by significant drama and infighting, where personal battles often harm productivity. Toxic workplaces are often considered the result of toxic employees, or workers who are motivated by personal gain (power, money, or special status), use unethical, mean-spirited and sometimes illegal means to manipulate and annoy those around them; and whose motives are to maintain or increase power, money or special status or divert attention away from their performance shortfalls and misdeeds. Toxic employees do not recognize a duty to the organization for which they work or their co-workers in terms of ethics or professional conduct toward others. Toxic employees define relationships with co-workers, not by organizational structure but by co-workers they favor and those they do not like or trust.

Learning Objectives

1. Learn how to change the negative workplace to more positive

2. Learn how to be a more positive team member

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