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.

The information in this section offers some facts about some of the threats to the health and wellbeing of veterinarians, such as stress, addictions, grief and loss, depression, anxiety and suicide.

There’s also simple advice about how to take steps to stay healthy, maintain a good work-life balance, and deal positively with conflict.


How the AVA can help

Programs and services for members help you stay healthy and support you in your professional life.

If you’re distressed and you’re not an AVA member, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 to speak to a trained volunteer counsellor. Speaking to a close friend, family member, colleague or trusted advisor can also help.


Mental health first aid app - MHFA free download

Mental health check-in - Australia's Biggest Mental Health Check-in starts 10 October 2016 - The British Veterinary Association website on the health and welfare of veterinarians

8 steps to a better work-life balance, produced by Open Colleges

MindHealthConnect - Mental health and wellbeing website

Makeheadway - Wellness poster by Dr Cathy Warburton

Psychological well-being of Australian veterinarians – March 2009

Suicide in Australian veterinarians – April 2008

Occupational mobility and suicide media release - July 2016

VetSet2Go - Building veterinary employability -  2016

SafeWorkAustralia - becoming mentally health - 2016

Smiling Mind - Mindfulness meditation programs - 2016

BUPA Healthier Workplaces - resource tools available for managing mind, body health - 2016


Staying Sane: How To Make Your Mind Work For You, Raj Persaud

Who Moved My Cheese?, Spencer Johnson (an amazing way to deal with change)

Manhood, Steven Biddulph

I Dont Want To Talk About It: Overcoming The Secret Legacy Of Male Depression, Terrence Real

The Peace of Mind Prescription: An Authoritative Guide to Finding the Most Effective Treatment for Anxiety and Depression, Dennis Charney, Charles Nemeroff and Stephen R. Braun

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