Current Research

Find out about research Mind Matters is currently supporting and how you can get involved.

A deep dive into mental health education for student veterinary nurses

Our Sarah Brown Mental Health Research Grant recipients for 2023 Dr Faye Didymus and Dr Jackie Hargreaves, are currently collecting data on how mental health education is integrated into curricular for student veterinary nurses. They are looking for course leaders and tutors to complete a short survey, with a further option for an interview, to help inform their research.

For further information and the survey, please follow the link: Mental Health for Veterinary Nurses Survey. The survey will close on Friday 31 May 2024.

The project aims to explore how mental health and wellbeing is integrated into the learning paths of SVNs, and will culminate in a set of evidence-based recommendations for how mental health education for veterinary nursing students could be enhanced.

Research Symposium

Our next Research Symposium will be held in Autumn 2025. We will be opening up a call for abstracts later this year. Please check back for the latest updates or sign up to our Newsletter to get the news straight to your inbox!.

You can watch back videos from the 2023 Symposium.

Research Grants

A total of six £20,000 grants have been awarded by MMI since 2019, to help advance research into mental health within the veterinary professions.

Please note applications for our Sarah Brown Research Grants have now closed. We are currently looking at future research grant opportunities focussed on Veterinary Mental Health and hope to provide more information in due course. Please check back for updates or sign up to our Newsletter to get the news straight to your inbox!.

Previous Sarah Brown Research Grant holders include;

2019 – How farm vets cope: An exploration of how vets cope with the daily challenges of farm animal practice and how best these coping mechanisms might be developed into tools which can be easily accessed by the livestock veterinary community – Dr Kate Stephen (Scotland’s Rural College)

2020 – Experiences and impact of moral injury in UK veterinary professional wellbeing – Dr Victoria Williamson and Dr Neil Greenberg (King’s College London)

2020 – Experiences of racism and its impacts on mental wellbeing in Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people working and studying in the UK veterinary profession – Victoria Crossley (Royal Veterinary College), and Navaratnam Partheeban (British Veterinary Ethnicity and Diversity Society)

2021 – Identifying and addressing workplace stressors for autistic veterinary professionals – Dr Kirstie Pickles and Dr Brad Hill (University of Nottingham)

2022 – An online compassionate imagery intervention to improve psychological wellbeing for veterinarians: A randomised control trial – Dr Katherine Wakelin (University of Surrey)

2023 – A deep dive into mental health education for student veterinary nurses – Dr Faye Didymus and Dr Jackie Hargreaves (Leeds Beckett University)