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MMI Campfire chat: Movement and Mental Health

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Date: Thursday 16th May 2024

Opening times: 19:00 - 20:00

Venue: Online


Join the Mind Matters team and a range of fantastic guests for an informal delve into themes and topics that matter to the veterinary community.

Open to all within the veterinary professions, these free online panel sessions offer a chance to pause, reflect and learn from each other’s experiences of navigating life, work, learning and mental health.

Suitable for: Veterinary surgeons, veterinary nurses, students, practice managers, receptionists and everyone who works in the veterinary community.

Movement and Mental Health

In this MMI Campfire Chat…

This year’s Mental Health Awareness Week theme is ‘Movement: Moving more for our mental health’. Within this campfire we’ll discuss the concept of movement and physical activity, how we can make space for movement in relation to our daily lives and routines, and why being more active, at home and at work, can have a positive impact on our mental health and wellbeing.

Please note that in order to make the main panel discussion more accessible for those who may not be able to attend, we have decided to record the main panel discussions this year and they will be made available as a resource on the MMI website, following the event. The Q&A section at the end of the chat will not be recorded. You will be able to ask questions via the chat, these will be handled by the chair.


Campfire Session Chair: 

Angharad Belcher, RCVS Director for Advancement of the Professions

Panel Members:

Dr Jackie Hargreaves

Jackie is a Senior Lecturer in Exercise and Health Psychology within the Carnegie School of Sport at Leeds Beckett University. She is also a Health and Care Professions Council registered Health Psychologist, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), and a British Psychological Society Chartered Psychologist. Alongside her teaching, she undertakes research into how physical activity impacts on the mental health of a variety of different populations.

Dani Peacock RVN

Dani is a RVN and yoga teacher who believes that understanding resilience and learning how to build it on a physiological and psychological level is vital to a satisfying veterinary career. With the help of The Prince’s Trust and Yoga in Healthcare Alliance (YIHA), Dani hopes to make this dream a reality in 2024, by bringing an evidence-based course, already offered to NHS staff, to veterinary businesses and educational institutions. 

Liz Barton MRCVS 

Liz has enjoyed a varied clinical career, including mixed practice, a small animal internship, small animal practice, ECC and shelter medicine. 
After becoming increasingly concerned about the wellbeing challenges in the industry, Liz started the WellVet initiative to provide resources to help support the health of mind, body and soul for veterinary teams. Exercise has been key to supporting Liz's own wellbeing, though she has had to adapt and change this over time to fit around health and life. 
Liz has written and spoken extensively to varied audiences on wellbeing, women’s health and parenting in the profession. 

How to register 

Please register to attend on Eventbrite. 

Register here 

Contact us

Should you have any questions about the event please email the RCVS Events Team, and for MMI related queries please contact the MMI team.

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