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Craft project aims to improve mental wellbeing
Sarah first discovered the benefits of crafting when her mother gifted her a cross-stitch kit whilst she was studying for her GradDipAVN diploma. (Stock photo)
Veterinary professionals urged to take up crafts to de-stress

A new project by two veterinary nurses is encouraging members of the profession to take up crafts to improve mental wellbeing.

The Crafty Vet Project was started by RVNs Sarah Taylor and Zoe Daley. Sarah first discovered the benefits of crafting when her mother gifted her a cross-stitch kit whilst she was studying for her GradDipAVN diploma - and her stress levels were at an all-time high.

“One evening after a seriously rubbish working day and screwing up several essay drafts I picked the kit up,” she said. “I stitched a few squares, then I did a few more.

“After a couple of hours, I realised that I hadn’t thought of a single thing other than that pattern since I started, and it was bliss. I have been hooked on cross stitch ever since.”

Veterinary professionals can buy a range of different crafting kits online from the VN Pet Products site, including cross stitch, crochet, colouring, calligraphy and even kits to make beer, bath bombs, cheese and soaps.

The project is supporting Vetlife by donating £3 from the sale of every kit.

Sarah added: “We need to bring mental health out of the shadows. Vetlife is such a fantastic charity and one that the veterinary profession is in desperate need for.”

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 Has someone in your practice team gone above and beyond to make your workplace a positive one during the coronavirus pandemic? Then why not nominate them for a 2020 Practice Wellbeing Star!

The joint RCVS Mind Matters Initiative/SPVS Practice Wellbeing Star nominations recognise individuals who have held up morale during a time when practices are facing unprecedented staffing and financial issues.

Nominees receive a certificate in recognition of their colleagues' appreciation of their achievements and will be entered into the prize draw for a pair of tickets to attend the joint SPVS and Veterinary Management Group Congress in January 2021.


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