Crisis Intervention Resources
The Association of Shelter Veterinarians recognizes that shelter veterinarians often work long hours with less than adequate resources for the care we are asked to or want to provide. We are a dedicated and driven group, with a strong sense of mission and passion. The Association believes that Hippocrates advice“primum non nocere” “above all, do no harm” should extend beyond our patients – to include ourselves and each other. We all struggle to find balance and cope with work related stresses sometimes; it is essential that we learn to recognize in ourselves and our colleagues the signs of feeling overwhelmed. We need to take the time to care for ourselves and one another.
Shelter veterinarians commonly experience issues such as chemical dependence, compassion fatigue, domestic violence, anger management, stress, profession burnout, eating disorders, depression, anxiety disorders, emotional withdrawal and suicide. These are problems that occur throughout the profession and for which active education and assistance are available. Our work is a marathon, not a sprint, and therefore we need to pace ourselves in order to stay physically, mentally and professionally healthy.
The Association of Shelter Veterinarians cares about each of its members as an individual as well as a veterinarian, and encourages reaching out for further information and help if needed:
If you are in crisis and have thoughts of harming yourself, immediately go to your nearest emergency room, call 911 or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
Announcing the Wysiwash Wellness Grant! Winners to be announced soon! A new grant helps animal shelters take on new measures to control the spread of disease, sponsored by Wysiwash and the Association of Shelter Veterinarians. Find out more!
Congratulations to Dr. Jeanette O'Quin on winning the 2016 AVMA Animal Welfare Award! Read more here.
ASV Past President, Dr. Martha Smith-Blackmore in the news and doing great things! Read all about her new project in suspected cases of animal abuse in the Boston area.
Million Cat Challenge Update - Half a million cats saved so far!! Read more
Board Certification in Shelter Veterinary Medicine is now a reality!