Workplace Bullying and Violence within the Veterinary Team (1755)
Veterinary Technology |  Personal/Professional Development
Friday |  2:00 PM -  2:50 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


Workplace bullying and violence has become an epidemic in all professions and in veterinary medicine, it has become such a part of our daily lives. Workplace bullying is defined as repeated health-harming mistreatment of one or more persons (who are the targets) by one or more perpetrators (the bullies) that take one or more of the following forms, including, but limited to, verbal, nonverbal, psychological, physical abuse, humiliation, etc…. This type of aggression is particularly difficult, unlike the typical forms of school-age bullying, workplace bullies often operate with the established rules and policies of their organization and society as a whole. Bullying in the workplace is in the majority of cases reported as having been perpetrated by management and takes a wide variety of forms. Bullying can be covert and overt, may be missed by superiors or known by many throughout the organization. Negative effects of bullying are not limited to the targeted individuals, and lead to a decline in employee morale and company culture.

Learning Objectives

1. Learn about Bullying within the veterinary team

2. Learn how to help those have been or are being bullied

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