The BSAVA is to hold a series of training sessions in mental health awareness in an effort to help reduce the numbers of vets and vet nurses affected by clinical depression.

SPVS Mind Matters logoThe 12 meetings – one for each region – are its contribution to the RCVS Mind Matters initiative and will take place over a year, starting this summer.

The courses will provide training for all practice team members to help them recognise any signs of mental problems in their colleagues – and, perhaps, in themselves.

Increasing knowledge

RCVS created Mind Matters in response to studies showing the suicide rate among vets was more than three times higher than that in the general population.

Through various initiatives, some with partners such as the BSAVA and the SPVS, Mind Matters aims to reduce the numbers in the profession suffering from clinical depression by increasing knowledge about mental well-being.

The course has been subsidised by the BSAVA and is available free to its members and £40 per person for non-members.

Event dates

Details of the meetings are as follows:

More dates will be announced shortly.

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4 months 13 days ago

Clearly vets in Scotland must be resistant to such mental health issues and do not need to be catered for……

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4 months 13 days ago

Hi Emma,

While the Scots are doubtlessly made of sterner stuff, the BSAVA has yet to confirm the last two regional locations for this event – which, presumably, will be the Scottish and the East Midlands regions.

We’ll add these locations to the map when we learn of them.


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