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Are you despondent/ Do you suffer from stress or do you have colleagues who do? - Do not disregard it:
TALK to someone: sorrow shared is sorrow halved
Get HELP sooner rather than later
Get to know the RAIN technique (see article by Julie Squires below) to:

  • Recognize what you are feeling: Sometimes we just need to stop and say to ourselves “What am I feeling in this moment?” -   just naming it can bring a sense of freeing..
  • Allow, accept & acknowledge: The feeling won’t let up until you actually feel it so why not just do it now? You can handle it.
  • Investigate:  “What am I making this mean?”. When we can be curious without judging we can see that our thinking is often misconstrued.
  • Non-identification: realize the thoughts and feelings are not YOU. You can literally step back and watch them from afar. Don’t believe everything you think.
  • INDULGE yourself: read the Anonymous Client letter posted by Dr Andy Roark:
    “At any given moment, some pet is frolicking around because of you. Because you gave them their early vaccination. Because you saved them after an accident. Because you caught their kidney failure in time..…maybe being a vet is a little bit like being a mom, in that your work is so crucial it becomes taken for granted that you’ll just give and give of yourself, always. That’s not fair.”


Who to contact:     

a) SAVA group members to talk to:
http://www.sava.co.za/2015/11/02/vets-health-wellness/

Prof Ken Pettey 082 882 7356 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Dr Todd Collins 083 350 1662 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Dr Aileen Pypers 072 599 8737 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Dr Willem Schultheiss 082 323 7019 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Dr Nico Schutte 023 626 3516 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Dr Ian Alleman 072 558 4883 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Dr Ellené Kleyn 082 881 8661 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Dr Mike Lowry 084 581 2624 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Dr Joseph van Heerden 083 305 6474 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

b) Para-veterinary members (will be updated soon)

Animal Health Technician
Name Tel number email address
Laboratory Animal Technologist
Name  Tel number  email address
Veterinary Technologist
Anamarie Bosman 012 529 8000  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Veterinary nurse
Name  Tel number  email address

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

c) SAVC members       

Anne de Vos 082 784 9363 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 


d) Lifeline

0861-322-322
Website: http://www.lifeline.org.za

 

 

 

e) Suicide Hotline 

0800-273-TALK (8255)
http://www.suicide.org/hotlines/international/south-africa-suicide-hotlines.html

 

     

 

 f) S A Depression and Anxiety Group
http://sadag.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3&Itemid=191011 234 4837 or 0800 20 50 26: Finding Help - speak to a trained counselor who can assist you further.

Emergency lines
Dr Reddy's Help Line 0800 21 22 23
Pharmadynamics Police &Trauma Line 0800 20 50 26
Adcock Ingram Depression and Anxiety Helpline 0800 70 80 90
Destiny Helpline for Youth & Students 0800 41 42 43
ADHD Helpline 0800 55 44 33
Substance Abuse Line 24hr helpline 0800 12 13 14/ SMS 32312
Suicide Crisis Line 0800 567 567/ SMS 31393

Akeso Psychiatric Response Unit 24 Hour
Our offices are open 7 days a week from 8am – 8pm.
Our Fax number: 011 234 8182 or alternatively email Zane on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

0861 435 787

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

g) Professional help 

Dr Liddy Janse van Rensburg
Registered Social Worker BA (SW), MA (SocSc), PhD (Social Work), MEd (Higher Education), BSocScHons (Industrial Psychology), Registered Social Worker (SACSSP 10-04518)
Contact number: 082 3727 680
If you have difficulty in reaching me telephonically, please send me an SMS or Whatsapp and I will respond as soon as possible.
When you cannot reach me immediately in case of an EMERGENCY, please contact the Practice Manager at 083 559 5553.
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Dr Hermann Liebenberg
Psychologist [BA (Hons) Psych, MA Counsl Psych, DLitt et Phil Psychology]
Accredited Brain-profiler (NBI); EMDR  Level 1 and 2 Therapist and Certified Brainspotter
Registered with HPCSA
Contact numbers: 0824161324 / 012-6431594
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Carien Human
M.Soc.Sc Counselling Psychology (UFS) (Cum Laude)
Contact number: 072 371 9737
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Elaine Bing
MA (Counselling Psychology) UFS; DLitt et Phi (UNISA)
Contact numbers:012 344 4000 / 344 3334 / 082 784 6529
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Dr Trudie Prinsloo
Director: Legalvetservices
Contact numbers: 023 614 1198 / 082 560 1359
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

 

Articles and links:
Preventing addiction by connection:
https://youtu.be/ao8L-0nSYzg

Compassion fatigue:
http://veterinarynews.dvm360.com/myth-compassion-fatigue-veterinary-medicine
http://www.bovinevetonline.com/news/industry/monitor-human-health-too
http://www.bovinevetonline.com/news/industry/look-out-you

Do you know this Simple Technique to Battle Compassion Fatigue? by Julie Squires
http://www.drandyroark.com/know-simple-technique-battle-compassion-fatigue/  Do You Know

Personal Wellness: Visit the link, register for free, and look through the section on Personal Wellness
https://www.vetvance.com/

Sometimes just getting reminded of the bigger picture helps:
http://www.drandyroark.com/letter-need-read-today/

Links to African Council websites

Veterinary Statutory Bodies in Africa
http://www.rr-africa.oie.int/en/RC/en_vsbs.html

Veterinary Council of Namibia
http://www.van.org.na/section.php?secid=10

Veterinary Council of Zimbabwe (department of livestock and veterinary services)
http://www.dlvs.gov.zw/

Kenya Veterinary Board
http://kenyavetboard.org/

Veterinary Council of Tanzania
http://www.mifugouvuvi.go.tz/vertinary-council-of-tanzania/

Botswana Veterinary Association
http://www.bva.org.bw/bva_content.php?id=2

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