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Remember the Importance of Veterinarian Wellness

September 10, 2017

In the veterinary profession, stress and the danger of long-term exhaustion are significant, and the risk of suicide among veterinarians is disturbing. Whether you are a student, faculty member, practice owner, practice manager or associate veterinarian, the long hours, heavy workload, and poor work-life balance threaten the health and well-being of veterinary professionals. There has been a wealth of discussion on the topic of wellness in veterinary medicine over the past few years and it is important that this issue be kept at the forefront.

How can the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) help? The CVMA wellness advisory group has looked at ways to complement wellness programs and resources that are currently available to Canadian veterinarians and veterinary students. A new section of the CVMA website was created to provide easy access to pertinent resources and information from numerous sources to help support the personal and professional well-being of veterinarians and veterinary students, with a focus on emotional and mental health, physical health, and veterinarian wellness. Additional resources will continue to be added as they are identified. 

Visit the Veterinarian Health and Wellness Resources here.

The CVMA also offers a mentoring program and Web resources to support the early career DVMs.