sponsored Vet Times Extra: Gudrun Ravetz and Vicky Hill on mental health in the workplace

Gudrun Ravetz will discuss her own experience of mental health first aid training, developed in partnership with Talkout, and Vets4Pets’ commitment to having a trained colleague in every practice. The episode, which also features HR professional Vicky Hill, also covers factors that can influence a colleague’s mental health in practice, the impact of mental health … Read more

Bird and birdsong encounters improve mental health, study finds | Birds

One swallow may not make a summer, but seeing or hearing birds does improve mental well-being, researchers have found. The study, led by academics from King’s College London, also found that everyday encounters with birds boosted the mood of people with depression, as well as the general population. The researchers said the findings suggested that … Read more

New webinars to support veterinary mental health – VetNurse News – Vet Nurse

Royal Canin and Vets: Stay, Go, Diversify will be holding a month-long free CPD webinar series on mental health in the veterinary profession. The company says the webinars will equip veterinary professionals with strategies to strengthen well-being both individually and for practice teams. Lauren Hayes, Scientific and Regulatory Affairs Manager at Royal Canin, said: “Working … Read more

September webinar series to support veterinary mental health

Nutrition firm Royal Canin and Vets: Stay, Go, Diversify are teaming up to run a webinar series on mental health in September. The series, which will count towards CPD for anyone on the RCVS registers, will include guest speakers aiming to raise awareness of issues, and equip veterinary professionals with strategies to improve their well-being … Read more

Free-Spirited Agility Dog Helps Handler Cope With Trauma & Mental Illness

If laughter is the best medicine, dogs are accomplished MDs! Funny pet videos are the lifeblood of the internet, helping to lift our spirits when we are feeling down. No one knows this better than Tess Eagle Swan, dog mom to Crufts agility course darling, Kratu. The shaggy dog, whose name is a Sanskrit word … Read more

Nearly 70% of veterinarians have lost a colleague or peer to suicide, study finds | Mental health

New research shows nearly 70% of veterinarians have lost a colleague or peer to suicide and about six in 10 have sought professional help for their mental health. For those with decades of experience, including former Australian Veterinary Association national president Dr Warwick Vale, the figures come as no surprise. Like many, he’s struggled with … Read more

Rural vets to get free mental health training

Vets working in rural or isolated areas will get access to a free mental health training program thanks to a partnership between the RCVS ‘Mind Matters Initiative (MMI) and Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England. The online training program has been launched in recognition of some of the rural and ambulatory challenges vets face, particularly … Read more

Mental health and self-care in our veterinary nursing community

As Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month nears its end, the appreciation I have as a vet for hard-working nurses worldwide remains endless. You are compassionate and empathetic, counsellors to distressed clients, shoulders to cry on, advocates for pets and a vet’s most reliable comrade. Together, we have the power to save and better the lives of … Read more

MMI and VMG to train on mental health

An initiative to train veterinary leaders and managers on mental health in the workplace has been launched in a joint partnership. The RCVS ‘Mind Matters Initiative (MMI) and the VMG are partnering on the project to deliver training, either as a free, standalone module, or as a module for anyone taking the VMG’s accredited veterinary … Read more

Rescue Dogs Join Police Department And Respond To Mental Health Calls

You should know by now that Florida isn’t exactly on the same playing field as the rest of the world. Things in Florida tend to be a little bit… different. In true Florida style, there’s one police department in Florida that’s making people do a double-take. Their interactions with the infamous “Florida Man” are a … Read more