It’s often said that the veterinary industry is unique in the medical world in that its patients “can’t say how they feel.” Add the responsibility that comes with caring for sick and injured animals, and empathy for pet owners, and it can become a heavy burden. For some, this may lead to compassion fatigue, anxiety, and depression leaving them feeling isolated and overwhelmed.

In fact, studies by American Veterinary Medical Association show that 1 in 10 veterinarians may experience serious psychological distress, with more than 1 in 6 having contemplated suicide.

At ACCESS, we’d like to see this reduced to ‘0’.

This is why we offer on-site counseling for our staff who experience compassion fatigue, burn-out, or simply feel they need help – plus free support seminars for those in our industry.

Resources ready to assist…

If you are having an emergency, please call 911 or contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Text HOME to 741741, or call the Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

The Trevor Project
TrevorLifeline 1-866-488-7386 or TrevorText – Text TREVOR to 1-202-304-1200

Employee Assistance Program and WorkLife Services Benefit
Call 866-402-0003. Or log on to

Therapy Service – Kaiser Permanente

Southern California Counseling Center

The Maple Counseling Center

Valley Community Counseling Clinic

Valley Family Center

Open Path Collective

Trans Lifeline