The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire)
New website to help vets cope with stresses of job
Farm vets who are finding the challenges of large animal practice stressful are being offered a new online tool to help them cope.
Researchers at Scotland’s Rural College ( SRUC) have used a £20,000 grant from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons ( RCVS) Mind Matters Initiative to produce a ‘ How Farm Vets Cope’ website to help promote job satisfaction and break the cycle of negative thoughts and poor mental wellbeing which has been identified in farm vets.
Data provided by the project indicates that vets often feel lonely or isolated, especially when on call at night. The website includes written and audio quotes from vets listed under different categories including advising farmers; dealing with difficulties and conflicts; and managing time and expectations.
A future project could see the inclusion of a map on the website, showing the number of vets on duty or on call in various parts of the UK.
An additional feature would allow app users to connect with each other.
The website also provides information about the support available for vets, including mental health and wellbeing support services. Fo r more information, visit howfarmvetscope.co.uk