Working in the veterinary industry? Feel that there should be more? More time, more connection, more fun? In your practice? In your life?

You are not alone. There is a better way of working.

Make Headway – advancing veterinary mental health and well-being.

About us

About Us

Cathy Warburton & ‘Jelly’

Cathy Warburton & ‘Jelly’

Veterinary Well-Being Consultant and Coach

Dr Cathy Warburton
BSc, BVMS, MACVSc, MVS, TAA,
Dip Pos Psych and Well-being

Cathy graduated from Murdoch University in 1989 as a veterinarian. She worked as a clinician, trainer and manager in private, university and corporate practices for 25 years, mostly in the pressure cooker environment of Emergency and Critical Care.

During her career, Cathy progressed from being very animal and clinical focused to becoming more and more interested in the people – the clients and her colleagues. Her experiences as a manager, along with her own trials and tribulations around mental health, created a passion for training and empowering people to increase their psychological resources and well-being.

Cathy completed a Diploma in Positive Psychology and Well-being and further training in coaching before starting Make Headway with the aim of having professionals support professionals to advance veterinary mental health. Cathy is also a Mental Health First Aider.

Cathy is based in Melbourne, Australia. She is committed to doing the right thing by others, lifelong learning, leading a balanced, sustainable life and finding joy in the little things.

Cheryl Fry & ‘Milo’

Cheryl Fry & ‘Milo’

Certified Professional Well-being Coach

Dr Cheryl Fry
BVSc (Hons), MVS, CPC, ELI-MP

After graduating from Veterinary Science at Melbourne University in 1992, Cheryl began her career as a veterinarian at a small animal clinic in Adelaide. From there, as her skills and experience grew, compounded by her completion of a Masters in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery (Murdoch University) she shifted to a larger clinic where she first started to experience the common frustrations of being a veterinary surgeon.

Whilst her love for her clinic and work did not diminish, she realised that the stress and anxiety, alongside her own high standards of skill and care started to affect her own mental health. She then made the decision to combine life coaching with veterinary care, and has not looked back since.

Her love of animals and of clients returned rapidly and she found a new thrill in being able to use her intuition, compassion and empathy to help other vets make a difference!

Her role as your Personal Certified Life Coach is to find out what isn’t working in your life at the moment, what you want to be different in your future, and how to get from where you are today to where you want to be. She will partner with you in your own personal journey to a happier and more fulfilled life.

Cheryl is an independent coach based in Sydney, Australia.

Who We Are

At Make Headway, we are veterinary professionals empowering veterinary professionals towards enhanced performance and well-being.

At Make Headway, we believe that the acquisition of clinical skills and knowledge is just the first step on the pathway to being an excellent vet, vet nurse, receptionist or manager.

At Make Headway, we believe in the art of veterinary medicine. We provide education and coaching around the supporting structures that allow veterinary professionals to effectively and sustainably utilize their clinical skills and knowledge – their mindset, emotional intelligence, self-care skills, resilience and interpersonal communication.

At Make Headway, we work compassionately, ethically and collaboratively, each bringing our own individual and complementary experiences and skills.

At Make Headway, we love science and research. We know that you can grow your psychological resources, move yourself to the right along the continuum that is mental health (see below) and lead a more fulfilling life. And we want to help you do so.

Make Headway – advancing veterinary mental health and well-being

Our Services

Make Headway provides;

  • Personalised One-on-one Coaching
    • Embrace opportunities or address problems and roadblocks with the support of our compassionate and experienced veterinary coaches
    • See our $15 Veterinary Life Assessment Workbook here – This steps you through the process of determining what is going well in your life and what you would like to improve. For some, this may be all that you need. For others, this will provide clarity prior to stepping into a coaching program.
  • In practice seminars and workshops
    • Get your team talking the same language, grow their psychological resources and enhance your practice culture and morale through group education for your staff.
    • Make an enquiry about developing a training plan for your organisation here.
  • Group on-line training and mentoring in association with VetPrac
    • Make Headway has paired with VetPrac to provide these group offerings given the synergy of our values and commitment to the profession.
    • The group setting brings together people of differing ages, stages and roles – facilitating practical learning through each others experiences as well as through researched course material.
    • Multiple touch points and weekly or monthly webinars allow participants to interact with and directly apply their learning.

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