The RCVS Mind Matters Initiative has launched four free training courses for veterinary professionals, designed both to improve the mental health and wellbeing of individuals and to improve workplace culture for the benefit of all.

The courses are:

  • VetLed Civility Training.
    A survey conducted in 2021 with student veterinary nurses, recently-qualified RVNs, and clinical coaches found that 96% of respondents felt bullying and incivility was a problem in the professions. This course will look at the importance of civility in practice, how to recognise incivility and understand its impacts, and identify the ways in incivility can successfully be addressed.
  • Introduction to diversity, equity, inclusion and unconscious bias
    These workshops, which are run by The Hobbs Consultancy, will raise awareness of the challenges in this area, provide information and practical tips on how to reduce unconscious bias, and ultimately improve overall working culture.
  • Managing stress in veterinary practice
    This course, which is run by equine vet Mark Tabachnik, the Clinical Director of IVC Evidensia who is also a professional mental health coach, aims to help attendees to respond to life’s challenges with a positive rather than a negative mindset.
  • Inclusive leadership
    This course, which is also run by The Hobbs Consultancy, will support veterinary leaders in creating a more inclusive workplace, recognising that leaders are the key actors in establishing compassionate and inclusive working environments for all. 

MMI Manager Lisa Quigley commented: “I am really proud of this new tranche of training.

"Whereas our previous training has focused on the individual experience, for example, mental health awareness and resilience, these new courses recognise that individual instances of poor mental health and wellbeing can often be caused by systemic issues – whether that’s a poor workplace culture where bullying and incivility thrive, or discrimination on account of someone’s protected characteristics.

The full range of courses, including the dates and times and details on how to register, can be found at

Feedback about any of the courses can be sent to

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