On 3 August, Lintbells, a leading manufacturer in premium natural pet supplements showed its support for the veterinary industry by announcing a partnership with VetYogi to offer a free, six week online Yoga course.
According to a 2019 RCVS survey, 33 percent of veterinary nurses felt there was a lack of respect for their profession and 54 percent felt undervalued. The pandemic has also heightened the stresses and challenges our veterinary team have been facing to care for the nation’s pets.
Lintbells’ mission is to support all pets to live a happy and healthy life and veterinary care is core to this mission. This summer Lintbells is teaming up with VetYogi to launch “Hatha for Heroes”. The campaign was created to raise awareness of the importance of health and wellbeing and to say thank you to the superheroes in scrubs who work tirelessly to look after our pets every day.
The “Hatha for Heroes” beginner’s online yoga course will be free for professionals in the veterinary industry that sign up to the Lintbells new and exclusive Facebook Group, The Vet Hub. The six week, hour-long yoga sessions will run from Wednesday 12 August 2020 between 8pm and 9pm and will be accessible via Zoom. To help people get prepared, practice and engage better in the class, the sessions will be accompanied by a blog accessible on the Lintbells Facebook page and website, and a “how-to” guide for that week’s poses will be hosted on VetYogi’s YouTube channel.
VetYogi was founded in 2017 by Chloe Hannigan, a qualified vet and yoga teacher, to promote self-care and mental health awareness within the veterinary community.
Jessica Hyatt, Spokesperson for Lintbells, comments: “Our mission is to support all pets to live a happy and healthy life and the veterinary community plays a vital role in both preventative and emergency care. We launched this campaign to show our appreciation and support for everyone in the industry. Looking after other people’s much-loved pets can be incredibly stressful, so we hope our partnership with VetYogi will give veterinary professionals – whatever their role – the opportunity to explore how Yoga can help them improve their well-being and help them unwind after a busy day at the practice.
Chloe Hannigan, Founder-VetYogi, comments: “I am delighted to be collaborating with Lintbells in offering this fun and accessible online ‘Beginner’s Yoga’ course. As a practising vet myself I am all too aware of the daily stresses and challenges a veterinary team faces, and am passionate about the evidence-based ways in which a regular yoga and meditation practice can have meaningful physical, mental, and emotional benefits. I look forward to guiding you and welcome you regardless of whether you are a complete newbie to yoga, or simply wish to further what you already know”.