It’s often said that the veterinary industry is unique in the medical world in that its patients β€œcan’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 β€˜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:Β 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