The Professionals Health Program (PHP) provides advocacy and monitoring for licensed veterinarians experiencing substance use disorders and/or psychiatric illnesses. The PHP has been serving veterinarians since entering into an agreement with the College of Veterinarians of Ontario (CVO) in 2002.
Veterinarians are trained to provide compassionate high-quality care to their patients and clients. Similar to other health care providers, veterinarians, due to a variety of reasons, are challenged in taking care of themselves in a way that will allow them to maintain compassion for others. Burnout, emotional distress, relationship problems and substance abuse can result in a spiral that may put veterinarians at personal and professional risk.
Veterinarians also face stigma and other barriers around seeking help, and like others, can find it difficult to identify appropriate resources. Help is available.
The PHP provides confidential advice, support and referral to appropriate services to the veterinary profession. The PHP Clinical staff are available by phone to help veterinarians and concerned colleagues or family members to assess problems, and provide referrals for counselling and other clinical services.
The PHP is proud to provide veterinarians access to prompt, professional and completely confidential advice, support, and referral to local services.
- Prompt advice and support (callers may remain anonymous)
- Referrals for clinical services, with clinicians experienced in working with health professionals
- A range assessment services
- Monitoring and advocacy for ongoing mental health and workplace concerns
Resources for Veterinarians
- Ontario Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA)
- OVMA: Member Assistance Program
- You and Yours: Preserving Your Good Health and Achieving Balance in Your Life (PDF) - Depressive Condition - An article by Joy Albuquerque, Medical Director of the Professionals Health Program
- The First Bite: A Comprehensive Guide to Establishing and Growing Your Career in Veterinary Medicine - by Tate and Ausman
For more wellness resources please go to our Well-Being section.