Peer Support Group

1/12/2022 3:11:21 AM

EASAV Peer Support Group

The EASAV Peer Support Group now provides support to vets, RVTs & AHTs, nationwide!

      We offer a safe, empathetic, supportive and confidential space to talk and process what you might be going through.

The link to the Zoom meetings are sent by email to our website users 1-2 days prior to each meeting.

Meeting Dates: second Tuesday of every month on Zoom!
Time: 7-8 pm MDT

Click here to sign up
to receive a monthly invitation to this meeting

If you need someone from our team to connect with, we are happy to help and can set up meetings on demand, as requested!

Email us:

Call one of us by phone:

Dr. Kathy Keil (Alberta): (587) 777-2342 

Dr. Nancy Bruyère (Alberta): (780) 674-1754

Dr. Leann Benedetti (Ontario): 1-(705)-791-5312 

Dr. Sally Cleland (Saskatchewan): 1-(306) 209-2924

Smokey Walters (AB RVT): (780) 913-3789
Connie Varnhagen: (780) 903-5402

Q: Who are these meetings for?                                                 

A: For veterinarians and RVTs who are searching for peer support with issues such as: 

One of this program’s basic principles is that of confidentiality. 
Those present must agree not to disclose to anyone, whom we see or what we hear while at the meetings. 

We are not licensed counsellors and are not trained to give guidance on personal, social or psychological problems; we are veterinary professionals helping veterinary professionals and we look forward to helping our fellow peers!

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