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Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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Vet community raises just shy of €4,000 to support mental health in industry

The Vet Service has handed over proceeds to the tune of £3,433.82 (circa €3,949.76) from its inaugural ‘Titanic Vet Show’ to Vet Support, a voluntary mental health support service for vets across Ireland and the UK, writes farming journalist, Catherina Cunnane.

The worldwide veterinary job platform held its mental health charity fundraiser and non-clinical CPD event, The Titanic Vet Show, on Friday, May 5th and Saturday, May 6th, at the Titanic Belfast in Northern Ireland.

Interestingly, the proceeds from the launch tickets of the Titanic, which took place on May 31st, 1911, also went to local charitable causes, echoing the philanthropic spirit of The Titanic Vet Show.

Titanic Vet Show

The Vet Service launched its donation campaign, “What if we all gave £1 for mental health,” at the start of April, leading up to The Titanic Vet Show.

According to a spokesperson for The Vet Service: “The four-week campaign was an opportunity for those who could attend the event to show their support for the cause.”

“All proceeds from the event, including the donations raised, will be given to VetSupport, a voluntary mental health support service for vets across the UK and Ireland.”

“The campaign was a huge success, with a total of £3433.82 raised for Vet Support,” the spokesperson added.

The conference featured six expert speakers over the two days, covering topics related to mental health & well-being, as well as communications with vets and clients and also included fourteen veterinary industry exhibitors.

The sessions were worth six hours of CPD, and six VCI CVE Points, which That’s Farming discussed recently in this news article, and a black-tie gala dinner took place on Friday night.

Ed Taylor comments

Ed Taylor, director of The Vet Service, said of the event, “We are thrilled with the success of The Titanic Vet Show and our donation campaign.”

“It is heartening to see the veterinary community come together to support mental health in the industry.”

“The mental strain on veterinarians has grown in recent years, and it is vital that we are aware of the risks of burnout and other mental health issues.”

“We hope this event will be the first of many, providing practical solutions to both the mental well-being and client-vet communication challenges we all face working in the industry.”

“Thank you to everyone who pledged their support, whether by attending the event or donating £1.”

The Vet Service has reaffirmed its commitment to supporting mental health in the veterinary industry, and will host its second Titanic Vet Show in 2024.

Early bird tickets will be available from the start of January 2024.

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