Wellness Links

HealthLinkBC Mental Health and Substance Use 

This page from the Province of BC includes resources and links for a wide variety of mental health support for residents.

There are numerous mental health and substance use related services and resources available to British Columbians. The link below will take you to a short list of these resources. To search for all available services in the province, use the HealthLinkBC Directory. If you need help finding a service or a resource, call 8-1-1 any time of the day, any day of the year.


Free counseling and peer support for all Canadians https://ca.portal.gs/

Not One More Vet Support and Emergency Grants nomv.org/apply-for-a-grant/

Not One More Vet also has a private Facebook group for support staff to share issues and get feedback or suggestions for support. https://www.facebook.com/groups/NOMVSupportStaff/

Seneca College Acute Self-Care for Veterinary Professionals

There is a growing understanding and appreciation of the nuanced stressors impacting the well-being of animal-care providers, particularly those in veterinary and shelter medicine. In this practical microcredential, you will learn how to implement concrete tools into your daily practice that will improve your stress response, which in turn will elevate your overall well-being. Competency will be built in areas that can elicit immediate benefits including establishing boundaries, enhancing self-regulation and self-management, improving reframing as well as health promotion techniques. 

Working professionals and students in animal-care settings (veterinary and shelter medicine) will benefit from participating. This includes staff and students at all levels of practice including veterinarians, veterinary technicians, veterinary assistants, reception and managers. 

This microcredential has been approved by the Ontario Association Of Veterinary Technicians (OAVT) for five Continuing Education credits.

Program Highlights

  • sessions will be fully delivered online using both synchronous and asynchronous formats
  • synchronous sessions will take place weekly on Thursdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
  • foundational material will be provided at the beginning of the week; tools will be practiced during the week and the synchronous portion of the microcredential will be utilized for deeper processing and application
  • approved by the OAVT for five Continuing Education credits



LGBTQ2S+ Resources

The Trevor Project https://www.thetrevorproject.org/get-help/

QMunity https://qmunity.ca/

BC Bereavement Helpline https://www.bcbh.ca/

Running on Empty: Compassion Fatigue in Health Professionals 

General Compassion Fatigue Information from Canada (Nursing study but still relevant):


When Helping Hurts: Compassion Fatigue in the Veterinary Profession

All you ever wanted to do was help. But before you can truly help your patients and your clients, you need to help yourself and your team. The only book of its kind specific to veterinary practices, When Helping Hurts: Compassion Fatigue in the Veterinary Profession utilizes helpful quizzes, case studies, and worksheets to not only help prevent compassion fatigue before it starts, but also to combat it once it occurs, improving the quality of life of everyone involved.

The Antidote to Compassion Fatigue, by Julie Squires

Julie is a compassion fatigue specialist who brings a unique perspective and approach to support the sustained energy and passion of animal workers. Her company, Rekindle LLC, offers on-site compassion fatigue training to veterinary hospitals, animal shelters, and other animal organizations.

Julie has more than 20 years of experience within the veterinary field and with leading organizations. She has developed and executed training, workshops, and 1:1 coaching for major companies in the animal health industry. She obtained her certification as a compassion fatigue specialist through the Green Cross Academy of Traumatology and has also completed training from The Figley Institute and Traumatology Institute. Julie’s clients also gain from her experience as a certified health and wellness coach and corporate wellness specialist.