Entries by MMI Press Office

Preliminary findings from wellbeing survey of veterinary nursing profession revealed

A new survey of student veterinary nurses, recently graduated veterinary nurses and clinical coaches has revealed the prevalence of workplace stressors and unhealthy workplace culture issues across the profession, including concerns over the impact of widespread bullying and incivility within the veterinary workplace. Carried out by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Mind Matters […]

Register now for international insight into veterinary mental health at Mind Matters Research Symposium

Mind Matters’ third Mental Health Research Symposium is now open for registrations and will see veterinary professionals from across the globe attend to present their latest research and insight into veterinary mental health and wellbeing. The symposium will take place live online from 10am on Wednesday 24 November and will feature presentations from researchers based […]

New wellbing programme for the veterinary profession takes flight as MMI Kite App officially launches

Today (6 September), the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Mind Matters Initiative is pleased to announce the launch of a new mental health and wellbeing platform, which has been created specifically for the veterinary community. The platform, MMI Kite App, is one of the first programmes to provide mental health and wellbeing support, which […]

BSAVA’s Emotional Resilience Skills programme returns

The British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) has teamed up with the RCVS Mind Matters Initiative and Two Roads Charity, to reschedule their emotional resilience CPD courses which were postponed due to COVID-19. Emotional Resilience Skills for the Veterinary Profession will be held virtually by the BSAVA Regions for the first time in the form […]

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 […]