Veterinary science offers a stimulating and rewarding career, and many veterinarians find their work both satisfying and enjoyable.
But we all experience stress from time to time, and there are some common points in a veterinarian’s career when stress is high, and vets need to put some extra thought into taking care of themselves.
How the AVA can help
The AVA offers a number of programs and services to help you stay healthy and support you in your professional life.
- Annual Conference wellbeing sessions and services to help you stay healthy
- AVA Benevolent Fund providing practical and financial support to veterinarians and their families in times of hardship
- AVA Graduate Mentoring Program offering training for mentors to recognise depression and anxiety and support graduates through their transition into the workforce
- Employee Assistance Program focuses on your wellbeing and offers free services in a number of areas including physical and mental health.
- Free telephone counselling service with qualified counsellors available day or night
- HR Advisory Service for information about managing staff and conflict in the workplace
- Mental health fact sheets accross a number of topics
- Mental health first aid training to assist with helping a person who is developing a mental health problem, or who is experiencing a mental health crisis. Like physical first aid, mental health first aid is given until the person receives professional help or until the crisis resolves.
- Networking opportunities with fellow veterinary professionals