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Stress supports

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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 a list of other supports and helplines on a wide range of health and wellbeing matters click here

IVBF - Financial Support Programme

PHONE: 1800 145 145
The Irish Veterinary Benevolent Fund provides financial and other support to veterinary practitioners and their families on a strictly confidential basis.

IVBF – Mental Health Support Service

PHONE: 1800 145 145
The Irish Veterinary Benevolent Fund (IVBF) is working with VetLife in the UK to provides a Helpline, available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.


WEB:          Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Provides non-emergency confidential mental health and well-being support to veterinary professionals in Ireland through email / call back system from Ireland-based veterinary colleagues (“Supporters”) specifically trained in these services – go to and email chosen Supporter, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a guaranteed response within 24 hours.


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: 116 123
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 IMMEDIATE.