Life in the veterinary profession can be challenging. That's what makes it so interesting and rewarding. However sometimes things can get out of control, leading to levels of stress that can adversely affect your work and your personal life. 

If you are feeling worried about work and would like some help please feel free to contact us through pastoral4life@rvc.ac.uk. This email address is supported by many different members of RVC staff from all areas who understand the pressures of being a new graduate and also the strain of struggling in your work and challenge of changing jobs.

There are also a variety of specialist resources which are available to support you, whether you are a recent graduate or have years of experience:

Vetlife - run by the Veterinary Benevolent Fund (VBF) which is the independent registered charity that provides free and confidential support to the veterinary community. Written by vets for vets and vet nurses, you can find information and support spanning a range of common issues such as mental health, professional conduct, workplace bullying, employment and debt. They also run a Vet Helpline (0303 040 2551) which provides support from trained volunteers by telephone and email to everyone in the veterinary community, including nurses and students. Its available 24/7 to listen and offer a safe, non-judgemental space for you to explore your options. All calls are confidential and callers are referred on for specialist advice where appropriate.

Newvet.org - aims to provide access to resources that will be of use to the new veterinary graduate, including clinical knowledge, work & employment, CPD & careers and personal life. Newvet.org is the result of a project Aiding the Transition from Veterinary School into Practice which was funded by the Higher Education Academy and JISC. The project was a collaboration between several institutions and organisations (including the RVC) and is now maintained by RCVS knowledge.

British Veterinary Association - the BVA's Young Vet Network provides additional support and guidance for BVA members in their final year of study and first 8 years after graduation. It is free as part of BVA membership. 

Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons - if you need advice about professional, ethical or educational standards, are worried about a dilemma in practice or a concern that has been raised about you, please contact the RCVS for help and guidance.

Samaritans - Samaritans are available round the clock, every single day of the year on 08457 909090. It provides a safe place for anyone struggling to cope, whoever they are and however they feel.

Managing a team?

There is a document available about enhancing wellbeing and managing stress in the workplace, which is designed for managers, health and safety officers and anyone else who has an interest in the wellbeing of their veterinary team. It contains useful tips on how to implement steps to support wellbeing and reduce stress in the workplace.

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