Veterinarians' Health

Supporting Veterinary wellbeing
To ensure the wellbeing of veterinarians, VCNZ, together with the New Zealand Veterinary Association (NZVA) offer a Veterinary Wellness programme.
The programme is designed to help identify and manage stress in the workplace. Available to all veterinarians, this programme offers a confidential counselling service and a 24 hour phone service that’s open seven days a week. You can receive three free sessions each year.
Counselling is offered through Vitae, the national provider of workplace wellbeing services. Appointments can be made via the 24-hour free-phone service 0508 664 981 or on completion of a self-referral Counselling Form.
Our information booklet, Vets wellbeing, resilience and managing in a complex environment, will provide you with some useful tips to ensure a work/life balance.

Council's Approach
In carrying out its purpose of protecting the public interest, Council may respond to situations where a veterinarian's health may be impairing their fitness to practise. The approach is rehabilitative, not punitive.
Click on the links below for:
Brochure: Veterinarians' Health
Council Policy on Health Impaired veterinarians
Vets Wellbeing Publication
Mentoring Guidelines