ROYAL CANIN ANZ hosts US Veterinary Wellness Educator for support on stress, burn-out and wellbeing

With a boom in pet ownership across Australian and New Zealand coupled with a global workforce crisis, veterinary wellbeing and burn-out are hot topics for the animal health industry.


According to Animal Emergency Australia, there is only one veterinarian per 2,179 pets in Australia.

This is ten times less than current human health ratios (206 patients per doctor). In New Zealand, the number of veterinarians per animal is even higher at 13,000 animals per veterinarian (including livestock and household pets).


To support conversations around wellbeing, Royal Canin is hosting US Veterinary Wellness Educator Dr Sonja Olson as she runs sessions with Australian and New Zealand veterinarians, nurses, business owners and practice managers.


Dr Olson commenced her ANZ tour by visiting New Zealand as part of the New Zealand Veterinarian Association’s first ever Wellbeing Symposium. She has then travelled to Australia to lead sessions with senior veterinary industry leaders and key charities RSPCA and Seeing Eye Dogs Australia.


Dr Olson said her role is to start a conversation on what tools and services can help veterinary professionals have strong psychological support in what is a highly emotional-charged industry, supporting the necessary collaborative conversations to support veterinary caregivers’ thriving.


“No matter where you are around the world, it’s a similar story. There are pressures felt around burn-out and compassion fatigue. I am passionate about bringing a wellbeing focus in the veterinary industry,” Dr Olson explained. 


Building capabilities and resilience to promote good wellbeing of veterinary professionals is not only important for the sustainability of the industry - it’s also essential in the delivery of health care for pets.


Dr Corey Regnerus, Scientific Services Manager – Royal Canin, noted that as a practising veterinarian he understands first-hand how the stressors of the job can have a real impact on mental and physical wellbeing.


Our mission at Royal Canin is to create a better world for pets. We can’t have a better world for our cats and dogs without quality healthcare. This can come at a cost to the profession. We are pleased to host Dr Olson in a variety of forums as we continue to engage the industry on this important topic and raise awareness,” said Dr Regnerus.


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