Are you OK?

  • Lifeline Australia (131 114)
  • Beyondblue Australia (1300 224 636)
  • Suicide Callback Service Australia (1300 659467)
  • Kids Helpline Australia (1800 551 800)
  • Emergency Services NZ (111)
  • Emergency Services UK (999)
  • Mensline Australia (1300 789 978)
  • Suicide Australia (1300 651 251)
  • SANE Australia (180. 187 263)
  • Emergency Services Australia (000)
  • Emergency Services USA (911)
  • Vetlife UK (0303 040 2551)

Need to talk?

‘The veterinary industry can be tough to work in – it can be exhausting physically and emotionally.  This page has been set up to provide a list of resources to let you know that you’re not alone – even if it sometimes feels that way.  You can always contact me [email protected] or check out any of the links below.

There are also some useful links and resources if you are worried about a friend, family member or colleague.


If you need to talk to someone right now…

Click here to visit the AVA website Emergency Help
Or call Lifeline on 13 11 14

If you’d like to look at some resources….

Stress First Aid for Veterinary Professionals (AAHA)
Part 1: Stress First Aid for veterinary professionals

Stress gets a reputation as the bad guy, but it actually serves an important purpose: When you find yourself in danger, your stress response activates—almost like channeling your inner superhero—to take action and keep you safe.  Click HERE to read.

Part 2: 7 Cs of Stress First Aid: See the stress, stop the stress

Once we have learned to recognize stress zones in ourselves and others, the Stress First Aid (SFA) framework can guide us when we need to identify what comes next. It includes seven actions that help identify and address early signs of stress reactions in an ongoing way (not just after “critical incidents”). Click HERE to read.

Part 3: Stress First Aid: Self-Care and Co-worker Support Actions

As we continue to dive deeper into Stress First Aid (SFA), we have learned how to check in with ourselves using the SFA Stress Continuum, and we’ve seen that we already use many of the 7 Cs action steps (Check, Coordinate, Cover, Calm, Connect, Competence, and Confidence). Now we’re going to look at how it might play out in a real-world veterinary setting.Click HERE to read.

Part 4: Stress First Aid: 4 types of stress injuries

When you are getting trained in first aid, you also need to recognize what kind of injuries you are dealing with in order to provide proper care. As we highlighted in our previous article within the Stress First Aid series, stress injuries can often pose a greater challenge in terms of identification, as they lack visible physical symptoms. Click HERE to read more.

Part 5: Client-centered Stress First Aid

The ‘Stress First Aid series’ has been focusing on how to integrate this framework into the clinic for yourself and the staff. But did you know that this same approach can also be used with your client interactions? This is where “person-centred” Stress First Aid comes in.Click HERE to read.

The 12 Phases of Burnout – dvm360 meeting tool and handout

“Burnout is a serious problem in the veterinary profession, one that can have dire consequences. Take a few minutes at your next team meeting to familiarize yourself and your team with the 12 phases of burnout.” Click here to visit the dvm360 website and download a pdf version of the handout

When in doubt, reach out – dvm360 resource

Click here to visit the dvm360 website to download their self-care assessment tool to share with your veterinary team

VetHealth AVA website

These resources offer 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. Click here to visit the AVA website

Compassion Fatigue and Stress, eBook by Rosie Overfield, CCG

This free resource aims to give you an understanding of compassion fatigue and stress within your specific work environment and includes self-reflection exercises and practical suggestions. Click here to download this FREE eBook in PDF Format.

Other free resources….

Beyond Blue 




Black Dog Institute 


R U Ok


Australian Psychological Society 


Centre for Clinical Interventions
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