In 2002, the PHP entered into agreement with the College of Veterinarians of Ontario (CVO) to provide advocacy and monitoring for licensed veterinarians with substance use disorders and/or experiencing psychiatric illness.
In conjunction with the CVO and the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA), the Professionals Health Program has promoted to the veterinary profession a service that provides confidential advice, support and referral to appropriate services. In addition, the OVMA has been proactive in promoting work life balance and healthy lifestyles for practicing professionals.
Through the PHP's services, professional case managers (accessible via a toll-free phone line) help veterinarians and concerned colleagues or family members to assess the problems, then provide referrals for counselling and clinical services.
The Professionals Health Program (PHP) provides veterinarians and concerned colleagues access to prompt, professional and completely confidential advice, support, and referral to appropriate services.
Resources for Veterinarians
An article by Joy Albuquerque, Associate Medical Director of the Professionals Health Program, on depression with specific relevance
The First Bite: A Comprehensive Guide to Establishing and Growing Your Career in Veterinary Medicine - by Tate and Ausman.
Drs. Kaufmann and Albuquerque contributed to Section 8 of this book: You and Yours: Preserving good health"
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