Peer Support Group

10/4/2023 7:51:35 PM

EASAV Peer Support Group

Should you or anyone you know be contemplating self-harm or suicide, please call 1-833-456-4566 (Canada) or 1-800-273-8255 (USA).

International toll-free numbers for suicide prevention are also available at

Are you looking for a formal peer support platform to get some help?


CVMA and ABVTA members can now access Togetherallan anonymous, digital 24/7/365 platform that is clinically moderated to ensure safety and inclusivity. 


Vin Foundation Vets4VetsConfidential Wellness Support for the Veterinary Profession

Support4Support by VINLooking for support for veterinary team support staff? Check out this free confidential support program offered by VIN Foundation (no VIN membership needed) which provides one-on-one private sessions for veterinary support staff.

Other support networks include:

Shanti Project


Not One More Vet (NOMV) Peer Support Group

Peer support is at the heart of what NOMV does! We have multiple programs for veterinary professionals seeking peer support including our Facebook Forums (which offers informal peer support for Veterinarians, Support Staff, and Students in private groups) and Lifeboat by NOMV (an anonymous, digitally dispersed, peer support network available to all in the veterinary community).

Are you a Canadian DVM or RVT looking for one on one peer support from a colleague? Feel free to call one of our trained peer supporters:

Call one of us by phone:

Dr. Kathy Keil (Alberta): (587) 334-3230

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 (AB RVT): (780) 903-5402

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!

Mental Health Resources


1-800-663-1142 | TTY: 1-888-384-1152 | International (call collect): 604-689-1717 |

All registered ABVMA members (veterinarians and technologists) are reminded that they (and their families) have access to Homewood Health. Homewood Health provides counselling and other member assistance programs and resources.

This Homewood Health FAQ document provides information on how to access services.

Social Media 

Please do not hesitate to let me know if we can be of help in any way.

Catherine (Katie) Lawlor, Psy.D.

Co-Founder & Director

Veterinary Mental Health Initiative

Dr. Lawlor's Profile

National and International Veterinary Wellbeing Resources, courtesy of Dr. Marie Holowaychuk

Professional Quality of Life (Proqol)Elements, Theory and Measurement


Suicide Support: Call 1-833-456-4566 
(open 24 hours for calls) or text 45645 (text messages received and returned between 4 pm - 12 am only)
Mental Health Hotline Alberta 
Alberta Health Services Crisis/Distress Hotline 211 - Dial 2-1-1 anytime, 24 hrs/day, 7 days/week. 
List of Crisis centres in Alberta
Alberta Health Services Health Link
Alberta Mental Health Intake
Mental Health Resources for livestock producers in Canada -

Pet Safekeeping Resource Page


Mental Health Hotline Alberta – – 1-877-303-264

Alberta Health Services Crisis/Distress Hotline 211 – 24 hr support to provide resources to help with a stressful situation before it escalates into a crisis. 
List of Crisis centres in Alberta
Alberta Health Services Health Link
Alberta Mental Health Intake
Mental Health Resources for livestock producers in Canada -