Researchers from Leeds Becket University are are looking for SVNs, RVNs and those who deliver diploma-route and degree route veterinary nursing curricular, to help support them in their research project into SVN mental health education.

Dr Faye Didymus (pictured) and Dr Jackie Hargreaves, who are recipients of the RCVS Sarah Brown Mental Health Research Grant, are exploring how mental health and wellbeing is integrated into the learning paths of SVNs and developing evidence-based recommendations for how mental health education for veterinary nursing students could be enhanced.

To that end, Faye and Jackie are running a webinar to discuss their research findings to date and to offer an opportunity for attendees to contribute to the design and development of the second phase of their research.

Rapinder Newton, MMI Project Lead, said: “Our Sarah Brown Mental Health Research grant has helped to fund six projects looking into various aspects of veterinary mental wellbeing, but this is the first to look specifically into veterinary nurse mental health.

“This is of vital importance, as much of the current research is either targeted towards vets or the vet team as a whole, as opposed to being nurse specific.

"We must do more to ensure that the entire veterinary team feel supported in their work and have the tools to maintain good mental health.

"This kind of research is vital in making positive change for the future, so if you are a current SVN, RVN or help deliver veterinary nursing programmes, then please do get involved.”

The webinar will be taking place online via Zoom on Tuesday 23 April 2024, from 10.30 – 11.30am.

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