DR PETER HATCH
BVSc, Dip. Of Prof. Counselling.
My interest in veterinary
science stems from growing up in a small dairy farming community in far
After graduating from the University of Queensland I devoted twenty
years to predominantly mixed practice, progressing from associate to
After this I found a new challenge and became successfully involved in
an unrelated business for eight years.
My return to part time veterinary practice came about when a colleague
was injured and temporally incapacitated. His plight inspired my
interest in human psychology and counselling.
I commenced studying counselling, receiving the Diploma of Professional
Counselling in 2002.
In discussions with other veterinary colleagues it became apparent that
there was a significant number
who were distressed. In late 2008 my enrolment as a post graduate
student was accepted at the University of Adelaide
and I began researching mental health, workplace stressors and burnout
in the profession. My passion remains unabated.
In 2007 I was appointed psychology counsellor for the Veterinary
Defence Association in South Africa, Australia and Canada as well as
consulting with other professions and industry