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Wellness Toolkit

AzVMA believes that self-care is the prescription for a healthy mind and body. While individuals may sometimes think that they are the only ones who experience negative emotions from factors that are many times out of their control, it is important to know that almost everyone is impacted by these challenges at one time or another. More importantly, it is essential to know that they can be overcome.


It is no secret that practice teams come under tremendous pressure to provide excellence in client service and medical care. Burnout, stress, compassion fatigue, finances, euthanasia, unrealistic demands, unintended mistakes and difficult clients all contribute to a toxic mix of emotions that can lead to tragic outcomes.


AzVMA has compiled website resources to help you build your wellness toolkit in an effort to provide you with a pathway to nurture your well-being: special wellness education programs, positive messaging, wellness & self-care routines, articles & blogs, and website resources. 



January is "Veterinary Wellness Month" in Arizona

The Arizona Veterinary Medical Association has declared the month of January as “Veterinary Wellness Month” in Arizona. The declaration is being made to call attention to the importance of physical and mental health in our veterinary community and to highlight the support services available to navigate the personal and professional challenges faced by veterinarians and staff in contemporary practice. The month will be celebrated with special wellness programs, positive messaging calendar, tips for meeting individual challenges, new partnerships, and resources at your fingertips.



Education & Workshops



Wellness Poster Set


AzVMA has developed a series of four wellness posters to support the establishment of a culture that promotes team and individual wellness in veterinary practices. The four glossy color 11" x 17" posters are available as a set free of charge at AzVMA events, or at the AzVMA office. They can also be requested by mail for $5.50 to cover the cost of postage and handling by clicking here: AzVMA Wellness Poster Set Ordering Form.



Wellness & Peer Assistance

Visit AVMA's Wellness and Peer Assistance page for additional information and resources on:


 Wellness & Self-Care Routines


Self-Assessments & Scales

*Please note that the assessments are not diagnostic tests, and therefore no official diagnosis can be determined based on the results.  


Articles & Discussions

Work & Compassion Fatigue

Stress Management

Financial Well-being

Work-Life Balance & Boundaries

 Physical Health


Well-being & Resilience






Assistance Hotlines


Arizona Department of Health Services

  • OARLine - Opioid Assistance + Referral Line for Arizona Providers: 1-888-688-4222



National 24-Hour Crisis Hotlines


Arizona Crisis Networks

  • Central Arizona: 1-800-631-1314
  • Southern Arizona: 1-855-832-2866


Suicide/Crisis Hotlines by County

  • Maricopa County: 1-800-631-1314 and 602-222-9444
  • Pima County: 1-800-796-6762 or 520-622-6000
  • Gila River and Ak-Chin Indian Communities: 1-800-259-3449
  • Yuma, LaPaz, Pinal, Gila, Graham, Greenlee, Cochise and Santa Cruz Counties: 1-866-495-6735
  • Mohave, Coconino, Apache, Navajo and Yavapai Counties: 1-877-756-4090


For medical, police and fire emergency situations always call 9-1-1. 

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