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RLRI NORTH CENTRAL 2019

Speaker Notes and Presentations

COMING TO TERMS WITH MYSTERY

Speaker Notes • February 16, 2019 • Drs. Aaron and Nancy Vigil, DVM

As veterinarians, we are trained in the scientific method and encouraged to think analytically. We are indoctrinated to use our intellect to reason through problems and come up with rational answers. We use rule-out lists, flow charts, lab data and hard evidence to make determinations about what is true, and then draw conclusions about how to effectively treat a patient. Even so, there is an element of faith in medicine. We have faith that a body has the ability to heal itself. We must have faith that the medications we prescribe are working to fight infection or kill cancer cells, even if we cannot see them doing it. And we must have faith in our own ability to make accurate diagnoses. In our Christian life, we are also called to have faith. God as the Creator of the universe; the unseen world of angels/demons and miracles are examples. Faith in the unseen and unknowable can be hard for data-driven, fact-minded individuals to grapple with. This discussion will center on how to grow in faith and come to terms with mystery.

DEFENDING YOUR FAITH WITH SOUND ARGUMENTS

Powerpoint Presentation • February 16, 2019 • Dr. Steve Adams, DVM

This Christian apologetic talk will focus on the strong evidence that God exists and that God created the universe and everything in it. The absurdities of a universe of infinite age will be noted. Philosophical and scientific reasons will be given supporting special creation and refuting macro-evolution resulting in new species.

ETHICS AND ETHICAL FATIGUE

Powerpoint Presentation • February 15, 2019 • Dr. Diane Noll, DVM

An open forum discussion looking at the well-known issue of Compassion Fatigue and the new topic of Ethical fatigue as more and more ethical issues enter our practices every day, especially for the Christian Veterinarian.

FINALLY A VETERINARIAN - WHAT COULD GO WRONG?

Powerpoint Presentation • February 16, 2019 • Dr. Briana Selleck, DVM

You’ve finally made it through vet school and are now a doctor. Sure you might see a tough case or two but you have the freedom to treat how you want and time to enjoy your life again. What if, in reality, this doesn’t actually happen? What if everything you learned in school is thrown out the window on day one. How are you going to handle and deal with the trials that come with the coveted doctor status? Let’s talk about the realities of being a new veterinarian, the unheard of situations, and what you can do when things don’t go your way.

LARGE ANIMAL CHRONICLES: A FEMALE CHRISTIAN PERSPECTIVE

Powerpoint Presentation • February 15, 2019 • Dr. Diane Noll, DVM

Thoughts and Encouragement for the female Christian large animal veterinarian. A brief historical, comical and challenging look at bringing these 4 facets of our life together into one life….female, Christian, large animal, and veterinarian. It’s a huge title to bear and represent well, but you are up to the task with God’s help.

MOVING FORWARD WITH ASSURED HOPE

Powerpoint Presentation • February 16, 2019 • Dr. Elizabeth Mendoza, DVM

We have spent the last day and a half learning from our gifted speakers about everything from defending our faith to unfulfilled expectations from our profession. What are some key take-home points that we can cling to as we move forward past this amazing weekend? How can we be a light of Christ’s hope to our fellow classmates and colleagues using what we have learned here at Real Life Real Impact?

TIME MANAGEMENT: TIPS AND TRICKS TO MANAGE YOUR TIME SO YOU DON'T WONDER WHERE IT WENT

Powerpoint Presentation • February 16, 2019 • Dr. Lauren Charles, DVM

If you’re an expert at time management, then, by all means, use your time wisely and go to another session! But if you feel like you could improve in this area, come and learn some useful and Biblical tricks to keep your schedule in order.

WHERE HAS HOPE GONE

Powerpoint Presentation • February 16, 2019 • Dr. Heidi Lobprise, DVM

In a world of online venting, bullying, and suicide, where has Hope gone and what can we do about it? The world seems divided – conservative vs liberal, everything is racist if they don’t agree, and everyone seems to be getting louder and more emotional. Civility has gone by the wayside. Many Facebook groups are ‘safe’ forums for venting – about problems at work, with clients, with spouses, in-laws, but most of the responses are just as vitriolic. We see emotional posts about how to get back at them, how to ‘fire’ clients, how to dump a toxic environment, how to find an attorney. Occasionally there are words of reason, but they are far and few between. While it is easier to stay quiet, maybe we can share the peace, grace and hope that we have through Christ and reach out to those who might need it.

YOU ARE NOT ALONE: THE JOY OF COMMUNITY IN CHRIST AND VETERINARY MEDICINE

Powerpoint Presentation • February 16, 2019 • Dr. Ashley Vegter, DVM

One of the biggest lies that Satan loves to tell us and that is all too easy for us to believe is that we are alone in this life – for better or for worse. Whether it is the struggle to spend time in the Word and in prayer or you are spending more time in the Word than ever before, struggling with imposter syndrome or proudly sharing your latest accomplishment, or making your first big mistake with a patient or successfully unblocking your first cat – you are not alone in your walk with Christ or in the lifelong journey of Veterinary Medicine.