The RCVS Mind Matters Initiative Sessions at Virtual Congress 2021

Enjoy access to 2 hours of free CE/CPD sessions from the RCVS Mind Matters Initiative.

Simply fill out the form below to register for your 2 hours of FREE CPD:

Which webinars will you have access to?

Tune in LIVE on our Associations Day on Friday 26th February 2021, or watch the sessions on demand after the live broadcast - it's completely up to you!

"The Power of Exercise" - with Fergus Mitchell

Friday 26th February, 7:00pm - 8:00pm GMT

Fergus? webinar will focus on the impact exercise can have on mental wellbeing and how it can be incorporated into everyday life for veterinary students and professionals. Fergus will touch on his undergraduate research, at the University of Nottingham, which analysed the effects of an exercise programme on veterinary students? mental wellbeing and will discuss his thoughts on the topic.

"MMI Sarah Brown Mental Health Research Grants" - with Lisa Quigley, Kate Stephen, Victoria Jane Crossley and Navaratnam Partheeban

Friday 26th February, 8:00pm - 9:00pm GMT

  1. Introduction to the MMI Sarah Brown Mental Health Research Grants and The Kings Project – Lisa Quigley ? (15 minutes)
  2. Research presentation – Kate Stephen (15 mins)
  3. Research presentation – Theeb and Victoria (15 mins)
  4. Q+A session – All speakers (15 minutes) 

About the speakers


Fergus Mitchell

Fergus is a current 3rd year vet student at the University of Nottingham. He is passionate about mental health and wellbeing within the profession and currently holds the role of Welfare Officer for Nottingham VetSoc. He organised and completed his undergraduate dissertation focussing on the impact of exercise on the mental of veterinary students in 2020 and has since presented his findings at the INSPIRE Undergraduate Research Conference. Away from vet school life he enjoys sport, especially running, completing the virtual London Marathon last year for Mind in an inflatable giraffe suit!

Lisa Quigley

Lisa Quigley

Lisa is responsible for the day-to-day running of the RCVS Mind Matters Initiative, which seeks to address mental health and wellbeing issues in the veterinary professions. She has a background in mental health and previously worked at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, where she led on employment engagement and retention, working directly with individuals with mental health conditions.

Kate Stephen

Kate Stephen

Kate is a qualitative Behavioural Scientist based in SRUC?s Epidemiology Research Unit in Inverness. Before then, her research interests included self-management and health behaviour change, rural health, eHealth, community development, co-production, peer research, social entrepreneurship, older people in rural communities, and mental health. Since joining SRUC in October 2018, whilst focusing on farmer motivation for the control of disease in livestock, she became increasingly aware of the plethora of challenges faced by individuals working in farming and farm veterinary practice, and the high prevalence of suicide. For this project, Kate drew on her experience in rural and mental health research and the development of self-management online resources.

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Victoria Jane Crossley

Victoria graduated as a vet from the University of Edinburgh with distinction in 2009 and spent four years in small animal practice before undertaking a Feline Fellowship at the University of Bristol and a PhD researching feline hyperthyroidism at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC). Victoria currently works as Impact Case Manager at the RVC, alongside teaching and tutoring on the BVetMed course, and is passionate about fostering good mental health and wellbeing in the veterinary community.

Navaratnam Partheeban

Navaratnam Partheeban

Navaratnam works a technical dairy specialist for a global animal health company. His previous experience involves having worked in clinical practice, higher education and the pharmaceutical industry. He is co-founder of British Veterinary Ethnicity and Diversity Society (BVEDS). As a Nuffield Farming Scholar 2021, he is completing his project on looking at promoting and supporting Ethnic Minorities in the agricultural, farming and veterinary sector. Navaratnam is also member of the Vet Sustain Food & Farming Working Group.