On December 10, 2022, a nationwide conference for veterinary doctors was held in Warsaw at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel entitled “Personal competences crucial in the professional development of a veterinarian. How to avoid professional burnout”.

The conference was organized by the Polish Partner COMVET – KIKO Educational Solutions Ltd. and under the honorary patronage of: the National Chamber of Veterinary Medicine, the Warsaw Chamber of Veterinary Medicine and the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the Warsaw University of Life Sciences.

Personal competences of veterinary doctors are becoming as important for the profession as strictly medical competences.

Personal skills have an impact not only on cooperation with the client, cooperation in the medical team, but also affect, among others: the organization of working time, the ability to combine professional and private life, emotional management skills, conflict resolution, building self and co-workers motivation.

The conference was attended by veterinary doctors from all over Poland, representatives of free practice doctors, research and teaching staff of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and representatives of the veterinary self-government – Veterinary Chamber.

During the event, participants got acquainted with the most important topics in the area of personal competence, learning adult veterinary professionals, discussed how, apart from medical skills, personal competence is becoming more and more important in the practice of a professional. How to improve personal competences in professional situations of the veterinary profession to prevent professional burnout in advance. Participants had the opportunity to get acquainted with courses for veterinarians as part of the project. In addition, during the conference there was a contest among the participants for the most interesting way of dealing with stress.

During the Conference, many inspiring, unusual and very interesting ideas for stress relief were received. Among the participants of the conference, the most ingenious, interesting and inspiring proposals were selected. The winners of the competition received prizes from COMVET – a book entitled “What’s eating the vet” with the author’s dedication. Thank you very much for great fun during the competition, commitment and competition until the last moment.

Lectures, discussions and the entire organization of the conference met with very good opinions from the participants of the conference. We would like to thank everyone for active participation in the conference, for questions, answers, participation in the discussion and sharing reflections.

The conference was held as part of the Project entitled “Developing advanced communication competences among veterinary doctors” co-financed by the ERASMUS + Program of the European Union.