The Vet School Peer Support Scheme is a new scheme at Surrey, recognising the essential role students play in supporting and encouraging one another on a day-to-day basis, throughout their time at university. Students are likely to look to each other first for help in thinking through issues and for emotional support, but there are times when this can leave friends feeling out of their depth; unsure how best to help, but anxious about seeking advice for fear of betraying trust. This scheme trains and assists appointed Surrey Vet Students in supporting their peers, and being a friendly and approachable person for other vet students to go to in times of need.
The scheme runs in collaboration with the Centre for Wellbeing, with each successful peer support applicant undertaking 30 hours of training before they begin their role, and receiving ongoing support and development in the form of reflective practice at the Centre for Wellbeing.
The scheme forms part of an overall network of support for Surrey Veterinary students, which includes the personal tutoring system and the VetSoc led “Vet Families”.