Did you know?

Veterinarians have one of the highest rates of suicide - approximately four-times the national average (or around 1 suicide every 12 weeks) in Australia alone.  Similar statistics have sadly been reported globally, with many citing veterinarians are around three-times the national average.  While there is very little research into other veterinary professionals, we know that our veterinary nurses, technicians, and students are also at risk of suicide.

 

Our founder, pioneer and leading authority on veterinary wellbeing, Psychologist Dr Nadine Hamilton, completed doctoral research into veterinarian wellbeing and is passionate about raising awareness of this serious issue.  She is the author of the best-selling book "Coping with Stress and Burnout as a Veterinarian", which can best be described as a self-help mental health intervention and psycho-educational resource.

 

In 2018 we partnered with Royal Canin Australia to raise awareness within the community of the factors contributing to the alarming rate of burnout and suicide in veterinarians, as well as reduce the stigma in veterinary professionals seeking help, and provide support in helping them regain their wellbeing and quality of life.  Our initial campaign was so successful that Dr Hamilton registered Love Your Pet Love Your Vet as a charity to enable us to extend the work we are doing for the veterinary community.

Since then our work has reached global proportions, and we continue to advocate for the wellbeing of all veterinary professionals.  Most recently, Dr Hamilton was personally invited to attend the government's invitation-only suicide prevention taskforce summit at the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet in November 2019.

Where it all began - introduction to Love Your Pet Love Your Vet

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