Entries by MMI Press Office

Retired vet wins Mental Health Awareness Week competition with photo collection showcasing his love of gardening

An 81-year-old retired veterinary surgeon has won the Mind Matters Initiative’s Mental Health Awareness Week photo competition, launched in May this year to celebrate the theme of nature and its positive impact on mental health and wellbeing. Australia-based Dr Ralph Slaughter submitted a collection of photographs called ‘Why I Am a Gardener’ in which he […]

MMI launches new programme of webinars examining mental and physical health issues affecting veterinary professionals

Starting next month we are launching a new series of webinars, which examine some of the mental and physical health and wellbeing issues that can affect veterinary professionals. Each of these sessions is delivered by people who have expertise in the issues discussed, and many of the sessions will include practical tips and advice on […]

Student and newly-qualified VNs invited to complete survey to inform future mental health support projects

Today (25 June 2021) we’ve launched a new survey to help inform its future work with the veterinary nursing profession. The survey is specifically aimed at student and newly-qualified (in the last two years) veterinary nurses, as well as the clinical coaches responsible for their practical training at RCVS-approved training practices (TPs). The survey, which […]

MMI awards funding to research project which will identify and address workplace stressors for autistic veterinary professionals

Mind Matters has awarded £20,000 to a research project that will investigate the various workplace stressors that affect autistic veterinary professionals and present ideas for adjustments to address the identified stressors. The funding comes from our Sarah Brown Mental Health Research Grant, which was set up in memory of RCVS Council member Sarah Brown, who […]

MMI marks Mental Health Awareness Week with photo competition to highlight links between the natural world and wellbeing

This Mental Health Awareness Week the Mind Matters Initiative (MMI) is launching a photo competition on the theme of the links between the natural world, and our mental health and wellbeing. Mental Health Awareness Week runs from Monday, 10 May to Sunday, 16 May and is organised by the Mental Health Foundation. This year’s theme […]

&me Kirstie Pickles

Dr Kirstie Pickles graduated from Glasgow Vet School in 1996. Following a year in practice, she completed a residency and PhD at the University of Edinburgh and then became a Senior Lecturer in Equine Medicine at Massey University, New Zealand. She returned to the UK in 2008 and has since worked in both private practice […]

Autism and the veterinary professions

Debbie Martin SVN I’m Debbie and I’m a second year SVN from Bath. I’m the owner of two cats, one of whom was born without a functioning pituitary gland and so has multiple conditions including pituitary dwarfism. She keeps me very busy with lots of medication and vet trips. Her team of vets and nurses […]

Gather around for new Mind Matters ‘campfire chats’

The RCVS Mind Matters Initiative (MMI) has started a new programme of ‘Campfire chats’, informal online conversations led by members of the professions on some of the key issues affecting veterinary surgeons, veterinary nurses and other members of the vet-led team under the current circumstances. The free programme of events kicks off on Wednesday 26 February from […]

Lunch and learn about Mind Matters

MMI Manager Lisa Quigley is available to host lunch & learn events for veterinary practices or organisations that are interested in finding our more about the Mind Matters Initiative, how it works, what it does and how you can get involved. These sessions will also look at some of the recurring themes and issues in […]

VetKind: a wellbeing community

Charlotte Wood is a newly qualified Registered Veterinary Nurse who qualified with her degree from University Centre Sparsholt in Hampshire. She is a student council member on the British Veterinary Nursing Association’s (BVNA) council and is currently undertaking her BSc top-up degree. Charlotte enjoys spending time with her dog, cat, horse and family in her spare […]

Sarah Brown Mental Health Research Grant open for new applications

The Mind Matters Sarah Brown Mental Health Research Grant, which has already funded three ground-breaking research projects, is now open for further applications for £20,000 grants for research on all aspects of veterinary mental health. The grants were launched in 2019 in memory of elected RCVS Council member Sarah Brown who tragically passed away in […]

Practice Stars Awards celebrate those going the extra mile for team morale

The joint Society of Practising Veterinary Surgeons (SPVS) and Mind Matters Initiative (MMI) Practice Stars Awards saw 50 members of the veterinary team nominated as ‘Practice Stars’ in recognition of their contribution to staff wellbeing and morale during an incredibly difficult year. The 50 people nominated for the awards included veterinary surgeons, veterinary nurses, student vets & […]

The power of exercise (*and community) II

Fergus Mitchell Half a year, or so, has passed since I wrote part one of this blog for MMI. It’s safe to say that sunny July feels like a distant memory! But within the whirlwind of a year that 2020 has been, I wrote my dissertation focussing on the importance of exercise for veterinary students’ […]