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Stress supports

VetAEGIS - Help is available now

VetAEGIS aims to provide Advice, Education, Guidance, Information and Support for veterinary practitioners, nurses and students, and those around them, on stress, addiction, health, family and life-event matters.

If you have concerns, about yourself or about those you know, the following support organisations and services are there to help you. Click on the titles for relevant websites.

For other help available click here

The Veterinary Assistance Programme (VetAP)

The Veterinary Assistance Programme (VetAP) is a confidential support service, provided by the Irish Veterinary Benevolent Fund (IVBF) and supported by Veterinary Ireland.
Support is FREE to all Veterinary professionals and their dependents.
For more details on VetAP please click here
To visit the VetAP Website click here


PHONE: 01 716 6099
The Irish Veterinary Benevolent Fund provides financial and other support to veterinary practitioners and their families on a strictly confidential basis.


PHONE: 00 44 1565 652 737
The Veterinary Defence Society provides professional indemnity cover for Veterinary Practitioners in Ireland and the UK.


The VetLife website was launched in October 2007 with the aim of providing information about the support available to veterinary students, veterinary nurses and veterinary surgeons on a wide range of issues from both the established veterinary care organisations and from outside the profession.


The HSE website provides a wealth of information on many matters concerning health, mental health, bereavement, sexual health, children, disability etc. Click on the title above to enter their publications website.


PHONE: 1850 609 090
The SAMARITANS provide confidential, non-judgemental support, 24 hours a day for those people experiencing feelings of distress or despair, especially those who may be considering suicide.

If you, or someone you know, is at risk of suicide or self-harm, then you should contact your local doctor, or go to the A&E Unit at the nearest hospital IMMEDIATELY.