Achieving balance in physical, mental and professional health is a challenge for everyone in our society. Chemical impairment – where one’s use of alcohol or other drugs interferes with the ability to function professionally, socially, or in personal relationships – affects one out of every ten persons in the United States. Threats to mental health abound, from dealing with everyday stress to “burning out” and considering career change.
About Peer Assistance Services
Peer Assistance Services, Inc. (PAS) provides services to veterinarians who may be experiencing physical, emotional, psychological, or substance use problems. The Colorado Board of Veterinary Medicine contracts with PAS and the program is funded by license fees.
The program accepts self-referrals and calls from persons who may be concerned about themselves or others. The referral may come from a friend, family member, colleague, supervisor, self, or the Colorado Board of Veterinary Medicine. The calls are confidential and you do not need to give your name or the name of the individual.
PAS works to ensure that veterinarians get the help that is needed so they can either remain in the workforce or re-enter the field safely. Staff is available during business hours as well as after hours and weekends by calling our 24-hour information line (303-369-0039 ext. 235). You can contact us with general questions, concerns about yourself or a colleague, or to obtain community resources. You may also contact PAS because you have some questions around behaviors you have observed while working with a veterinarian, but you are not sure of what to do or what to say.
If you are concerned about someone or yourself and would like information and help, please contact PAS confidentially at 303.369.0039 for information or to schedule as assessment.