The Mind Matters Initiative (MMI) aims to improve the mental health and wellbeing of those in the veterinary team, including students, veterinary nurses, veterinary surgeons and practice managers. MMI was launched in 2015 and is funded and run by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), the regulatory body for veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses in the UK.

The RCVS takes the mental health and welfare of members of the veterinary profession seriously, and its five-year, one million pound commitment to Mind Matters reflects this. Mind Matters is chaired by Kate Richards. It is run day to day by RCVS Director of Mind Matters, Angharad Belcher, Mind Matters Lead, Rapinder Newton, and Senior Mind Matters Initiative Officer, Sam Hurley. Mind Matters is a pan-professional initiative, and is also supported by a taskforce comprising representatives from key veterinary and veterinary nursing organisations, including:

Association of Veterinary Students

British Small Animal Veterinary Association

British Veterinary Association

British Veterinary Nursing Association

Society of Practising Veterinary Surgeons

Veterinary Defence Society

Veterinary Management Group

Veterinary Schools Council



Mind Matters is not your first port of call if you are in crisis or need direct and immediate help. If that is the case, please turn to the Vetlife Helpline, which we support, both financially and in kind.