VetHealth

Advice about staying healthy and maintaining a good work-life balance in our profession.

Emergency help

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

The AVA offers a number of programs and services to help you stay healthy and support you in your professional life.

Telephone counselling service

This service from qualified professionals gives free support to AVA members and their families all day every day.

Mental health information sheets

These information sheets are part of the AVA's Telephone Counselling Service and can be downloaded and used for yourself or for your workplace.

Mental health first aid

Mental health first aid is the help provided to a person who is developing a mental health problem, or who is experiencing a mental health crisis.

Explore the different areas of mental health

Addictions

Warning signs, how to help yourself and those around you plus where you can find help.
Addictions

Anxiety

We explain what causes anxiety disorders, the different types and the treatment available.
Anxiety

Depression

Depression has more than one meaning, and the symptoms experienced vary from person to person - but there's always help available.
Depression

Grief & loss

People grieve differently and significant life events are lived differently, but there are ways you can support yourself and those around you during a difficult time.
Grief & loss

Managing conflict

Conflict and differences with others can arise for different reasons - how can you manage these situations and relationships with others?
Managing conflict

Stress

Stress can arise for any number of personal and work reasons, but there are ways you can manage these emotions.
Stress

Suicide

Important signs to identify, what you can do to help someone and where to find help immediately.
Suicide

Work-life balance

Even the smallest of changes can help you to achieve a healthy work-life balance and be mentally, emotionally and physically healthy.
Work-life balance