Rebecca Faris | Centre for Veterinary Education

Rebecca Faris

Rebecca Faris graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2004 after which she followed her plan to work in rural practice in Western Victoria and hasn’t left. She’s flexed her resilience muscle many times throughout her career and even managed to gain Memberships in Dairy Medicine and get married in the same year!

In 2016, Bec discovered something she wish she’d learnt way back at the beginning of her career, she learnt about neuroplasticity (how the brain changes itself) and began working to move her fixed mindset about her abilities into one of a growth mindset that accepts mistakes as learning opportunities. She has become so fascinated in this area of science that she returned to The University of Melbourne to complete a Professional Certificate in Positive Psychology in 2019. Recently she has taken a courageous leap of faith joining The Big Life team teaching resilience skills to her local Primary and Secondary school communities, working as a companion animal and emergency vet “on the side”.

Her presentation hopes to encourage us all to share our difficult lived experiences in an authentic way, so we can foster a growth mindset amongst our working team.