Banfield Pet Hospital Announces New Training To Combat Industry-Wide Veterinary Suicide Crisis

The veterinary industry is in crisis. One in six veterinarians considers suicide, and one in 10 suffers from severe psychological distress.1 Timed with National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, Banfield Pet Hospital® today announced “ASK” (Assess, Support, Know) at its 18th annual Pet Healthcare Industry Summit in Portland, Oregon. The first of its kind, Banfield designed ASK specifically for veterinary professionals to help them recognize and address emotional distress and suicidal thoughts in themselves and others.

In observance of the 1-in-6 statistic, Banfield also announced plans to do the following by January 6, 2020:

Close schedules at all 1,000+ Banfield hospitals nationwide for two hours to facilitate an interactive mental health and wellbeing training for its more than 19,000 hospital associates
Make the ASK training available as a free resource for the entire veterinary profession
Share the ASK training as a free resource with all U.S. veterinary colleges
“At Banfield, delivering high-quality preventive pet care is a top priority, but just as important is extending that same preventive care to our people,” said Brian Garish, president, Banfield Pet Hospital. “As a practice, we are proactively prioritizing mental health and wellbeing resources such as ASK because we take seriously our responsibility to create meaningful change and make a positive impact on society, today and tomorrow.”

Designed to create an environment in which veterinary professionals can focus on what matters most to them – providing high-quality care to pets – Banfield’s ASK training is one of several programs and resources the practice offers its associates to support a holistic health and wellbeing approach, ranging from a Veterinary Student Debt Relief Program to an Associate Assistance Program.





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