The RCVS Mind Matters Sarah Brown Mental Health Research Grant recipients for 2023 are currently collecting data on how mental health education is integrated into curricular for student veterinary nurses. They are looking for course leaders and tutors to complete a short survey, with a further option for an interview, to help inform their research.

The project is being led by Dr Faye Didymus and Dr Jackie Hargreaves from Leeds Beckett University and will culminate in a set of evidence-based recommendations for how mental health education for veterinary students could be enhanced.

Dr Hargreaves said: “As part of our project we have reviewed available information on mental health and wellbeing on accredited course websites but are keen to explore this further. We are asking those with responsibility for delivering accredited veterinary nursing education what they currently do to help enhance the mental health and wellbeing of their students. This will include a short survey and will ask questions about: student confidence in their academic and practical skills, coping with stress both at university and for life in practice, self-regulation, and self-management.

“We are seeking participation from course leaders, directors, and tutors who are working on accredited degrees and diplomas in UK further education and higher education. If you meet these criteria, we would be very grateful if you could take the time to participate in our study. There is currently little research in this area, and we hope that the outcomes of our project will make tangible differences to the mental health and wellbeing of veterinary nurses both throughout their studies and in the long term when they enter the workforce.

“Faye and I would like to thank everyone who has already taken the time to complete the survey and we look forward to hearing from as many veterinary nursing educators as possible.”

For further information and the survey, please follow the link: Mental Health for Veterinary Nurses Survey.

The survey will close on Friday 31 May 2024.