Peer Assistance and Wellness

Guiding Principles for State Veterinary Wellness Programs

The AVMA recognizes and supports the importance of wellness in the veterinary community. State VMAs are encouraged to incorporate these guiding principles in establishing and structuring wellness programs for veterinarians and the veterinary community. 

Model Program for Wellness

Wellness programs are effective means of managing problems of chemical dependence, mental illness, and other impairments. But what does a good wellness program offer? Who should it cover? Learn how to create and administer a successful wellness program for the veterinary community.  

State Committees Organized to Assist Impared Veterinarians

Numerous staets have committees or individuals who have been identified to assist impaired veterinarians, veterinary students, veterinary technicians, and their families. 

Stress Checklist

Stress can help make you more productive but, when left unchecked, can also cause serious health problems. Here are some concrete suggestions to help you manage stress. 

AVMA's NOAH Discussion Group: Life-Work Balance & Wellness

Connect with other AVMA member veterinarians to discuss issues and concerns related to maintining a healthy balance between work and your personal life. Topics include balancing work and family, coping with illness, and more.

Reading List: Work-Life Balance

Read articles and other resources that can help you establish and maintain a good work-life balance. Our list was put together with the help of the 2011-2012 class of AVMA Future Leaders.

Links to Other Wellness Resources

Find resources across the web that can help veterinarians and others in the veterinary community address wellness issues. 

The Impaired Veterinarian: Recognizing Depression & Possible Suicide

A recent article posted on VeterinaryTeamBrief.com, a peer-reviewed journal providing practical skills for team-based medicine.