mental health

My sister committed suicide and now I’m planning to prioritise my own mental health over my job.

TRIGGER WARNING:   SUICIDE  This post is by a member of the veterinary community, who wishes to remain anonymous. Some identifying details have been changed.       My sister was sassy. She was pretty. She had confidence and was sure of herself and she was bright. She had a bit of an attitude: the week… Continue reading My sister committed suicide and now I’m planning to prioritise my own mental health over my job.

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Dr. Claire Jones BSc PhD MRSC

    Claire lost her hearing after contracting meningitis as a small child. She started her undergraduate degree three times and is currently working as a research chemist at the Université de Rennes in France.   There is a place where the hearing live and a place where the deaf live. I have fought against this… Continue reading Dr. Claire Jones BSc PhD MRSC

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Christine graduated vet-school over two foreign continents despite racism, a sexual assault, an eating disorder and Covid

TRIGGER WARNING EATING DISORDERS      I was born in Singapore and grew up in Malaysia.  Ethnically, I am Chinese.  My given name is Kan Huey Sing, but I adopted the nickname “Christine” as I got tired of people not remembering or being able to pronounce my real name. I was home-schooled for secondary school… Continue reading Christine graduated vet-school over two foreign continents despite racism, a sexual assault, an eating disorder and Covid

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“Helen,” BVSc (hons), MRCVS who was injured by a horse

  TRIGGR WARNING – ATTEMPTED SUICIDE   This is the real Helen’s brain.  Her name and some identifying details have been changed.   I’d always been the crazy horsey girl at school, and had it confirmed at university that I wanted to be an equine vet. So when I received a job offer for an equine… Continue reading “Helen,” BVSc (hons), MRCVS who was injured by a horse

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Libby Kemkaran-Thompson MA VetMB MRCVS

Libby lost her income when the twin towers went down.  She became a vet as a mature student and then was hit by a car.   Hello – this is me, Liz, the interviewer, who mostly writes in the first person.  For Libby, there has been a small change of plan.  Not because Libby can’t tell… Continue reading Libby Kemkaran-Thompson MA VetMB MRCVS

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“Andrew,” electronic engineer

  I think I have an illness that many doctors don’t believe exists.     ‘Andrew’ will remain anonymous.  I have known him for over ten years;  he is a real person.   Acute Mercury poisoning involves exposure to a large amount of Mercury over a short time period:  people get very ill very quickly.  No-one… Continue reading “Andrew,” electronic engineer

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Anne Garage: outdooor swimmer

  Anne – pink wetsuit, on the left at Crookes Valley Park   I’m swimming outdoors right through the winter. I’ve always been a fan of walking around reservoirs and there’s always been a sign saying something like:   ‘Don’t Swim Here. It’s always twelve degrees or less -‘ That’s a lie, by the way, because… Continue reading Anne Garage: outdooor swimmer