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For decades, studies have detailed that veterinarians are at risk for depression, psychological distress and burnout. Veterinary team members show a progression from idealistic enthusiasm to a gradual loss of energy and commitment. Fatigue, frustration, and mental anguish may lead to feelings of incompetence, helplessness, and hopelessness – and can shorten a career or lead to a toxic environment within your veterinary team.  The entire veterinary team is at risk. The Wellbeing Task Force will provide support to veterinary technicians/nurses and team members.


Wellbeing begins with personal wellness. If veterinary team members can’t take care of their own health, they will find it difficult to care for patients and support the team. The Task Force  will help create tools that will assist NAVTA members and veterinary professionals in assessing personal wellness, review resources to determine how one can develop a self-care program to improve work-life balance, reduce compassion fatigue, and improve physical health and financial fortitude.


Mission: The NAVTA Well Being Task Force serves veterinary team members in actively creating a life and career that is fulfilling, rewarding, and sustainable.  

Vision:  Empower all veterinary team members to advocate and strengthen each other in an optimistic manner through solutions in well being.  


  • Lives

  • Resourcefulness

  • Empathy

  • Caring for Yourself and Others

  • Leading through Example

  • Collaboration

  • Trust

The Wellbeing Task Force will provide resources and tips on the NAVTA website related to:


Anticipate information related to peer assistance, help-lines and guides for everyone on the veterinary healthcare team. The Task Force will be working with representatives of the AVMA and AAHA, tapping into their many publications. We greatly appreciate their support and collaborative spirit!



The website does not provide specific psychotherapy advice. The site is intended only for use by consumers in search of general information pertaining to wellbeing and related topics. Content is not intended to replace or serve as substitute for professional consultation or service. Observations and opinions on the website should not be misconstrued as specific advice.


 If you are in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741.

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