Dr. Debbie Stoewen is a licensed veterinarian and registered social worker with a PhD in the field of veterinary medical communication. With 25 years of practice experience, including being the founder and sole proprietor of a companion animal hospital, she is well-versed in the daily realities of veterinary practice. She adds to this an advanced understanding of personal well-being, interpersonal dynamics, and veterinary-client-patient communication, giving her a unique vantage point on the social aspects of practice. Debbie is committed to advancing “quality of care,” to benefit patients, clients, and the teams that provide that care. As Pets Plus Us’ Care & Empathy Officer and the Director of Veterinary Services, she provides a fully accredited, evidence-based continuing education program called The Social Side of Practice for veterinarians and their teams across Canada. This includes veterinary wellness, veterinary-client-patient communication, teamwork, organizational culture, and leadership.