Veterinary Wellbeing Alliance and VMAE to support veterinary mental health
New initiative aims to reduce stress and burnout for professionals in the veterinary industry
The Veterinary Wellbeing Alliance—developed through a collaboration between Veterinary Medical Association Executives (VMAE) and the wellness platform Listeners On Call (LOC)—has debuted a new program to help decrease stress and burnout in the veterinary industry.
According to an organizational release,1 through this pilot, about 10,000 veterinary professionals in Georgia, New York, and Texas will receive complimentary access to the Listeners On Call platform. Members of each state’s veterinary medical association will be provided 4 hours monthly to connect via phone with a LOC-trained listener for free. Here, they can divulge their challenges, frustrations, and concerns.1
What’s more, the Veterinary Wellbeing Alliance will release a monthly newsletter beginning in May spotlighting original wellness content from Listeners On Call. Plus, it will feature professionally curated content for veterinary teams.
“Veterinary wellbeing has been a growing concern in recent years, and the pandemic has made it all the more urgent,” said Adrian Hochstadt, CEO of Veterinary Medical Association Executives, in the release.1 “With increasing levels of burnout as practices face higher client demand than ever, it’s vital that veterinary professionals have ready access to support.”
“We hope members can benefit from these resources, and we look forward to learning from the pilot how the Alliance can be of even greater service in the future,” Hochstadt said. “We’re also grateful for the support from our founding patrons, without whom this effort wouldn’t be possible.”
The Veterinary Wellbeing Alliance has support from 16 founding patrons, including Antelligence, ASPCA Pet Health Insurance, AVMA, AVMA Trust, Banfield Pet Hospital, CareCredit, Circa Healthcare, Covetrus, Dechra, DVMetrics, Felix Pharmaceuticals, Lap of Love, Merck Animal Health, MetLife, Midwest Veterinary Supply and Zoetis.1
Veterinary Wellbeing Alliance and VMAE to promote mental health and wellness for veterinary teams. News release. Veterinary Wellbeing Alliance. April 26, 2022. Accessed April 27, 2022.