With research consistently linking careers in veterinary medicine with an elevated risk of mental health issues, the PWG aims to support the health and wellbeing of all veterinary professionals through raising awareness and creating the tools and resources necessary to support veterinary teams.
Headed by clinical psychologist, Dr Nienke Endenburg from Utrecht University, the PWG works in partnership with national associations already active in this area, including the AVMA and BSAVA.
In countries where veterinarians lack ready access to sources of help and advice, the PWG supports WSAVA member associations by signposting relevant wellbeing resources from other regions and is also developing its own.
Hill’s’ partnership with the PWG is part of its continued commitment to support the veterinary profession globally.
“Positive mental wellbeing is critical for the future of our profession,” said Dr Iveta Becvarova, director of Global Academic and Professional Affairs at Hill’s Pet Nutrition.
“At Hill’s we are eager to support the WSAVA’s PWG in its mission and to help it develop tools that can combat anxiety and depressive symptoms or suicidal thoughts.”