Wellbeing & Support

Wellbeing & Support

Fizz the dog
Nurturing yourself is not selfish - it's essential to your well-being and happiness. - Renee Peterson Trudeau

Mental Health Support

Mental health is a critical aspect of overall well-being, DWA recognises that good mental health will lead to a resilient student who will go on to be a resilient RVN. Time is taken to support self-care, which is achieved by a variety of methods including resilience building, self-care studies, wellbeing rounds and attendance of Fizz, our chief wellbeing officer (CWO).

Fizz is a registered Pets as Therapy (PAT) dog and she attends DWA to offer support to all learners- see her photo above. All the team are mental health first aid trained and will support you if necessary. Don't be afraid to reach out for help if you're struggling with your mental health.

Physical Health and Wellness

Physical health is also crucial for overall well-being. Eating a balanced diet, getting enough sleep, and exercising regularly are all important habits to cultivate. DWA provides information and guidance (IAG) on these aspects and checks in with learners regarding this during learner reviews which are held every 8 weeks.

Financial Wellness

Financial stress can have a significant impact on mental health and overall well-being. If you're feeling overwhelmed by your finances, it's important to take steps to address the issue. Again, DWA provides information and guidance (IAG) on these aspects and has a range of resources to support you.

Safeguarding Policy

Please see below for a downloadable version of our Safeguarding Policy. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us.

Other Sources of Support



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Samaritans is a UK-based charity that offers emotional support to anyone experiencing feelings of distress or despair, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. They provide a safe space for people to talk openly about their feelings and receive non-judgmental support via phone, email, text, and face-to-face meetings.



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Vetlife is a UK-based charity providing support to the veterinary community. They offer a confidential helpline, a health support program, financial assistance, and educational resources to help vets, vet nurses, and their families deal with a range of personal and professional issues.

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