Join in! Contribute to Australia's first-ever 'Vet Cookbook' | Centre for Veterinary Education

Join in! Contribute to Australia's first-ever 'Vet Cookbook'

Proceeds will be donated to veterinary mental health charities.

It's not too late – entries close 31 December 2016, so please share this with as many veterinary friends and colleagues as possible. Don't let your practice go unrepresented!

Support your colleagues

Download Cherry Ripe Truffles recipe by Dr Deepa Gopinath:


The Vet Cookbook

Being an experienced practitioner brings its own stressors, whether these are practice ownership, the ever increasing complexity of life, burnout or higher expectations of ourselves or others. While there are now some support structures for veterinary students and recent graduates, experienced practitioners may feel very isolated at times.

Sometimes the best thing you can do is drop in for a cuppa with a colleague. A problem shared is a problem halved. A problem shared over food is a problem minus hypoglycaemia, which is bound to be better. Being stressed is bad enough, but everything’s worse when you’re ‘hangry’. 

Not everyone is a card-carrying chef, but there are a few people out there with a recipe or two up their sleeve.

  • Something that makes them or others feel better.

  • Something that’s fun to prepare for and/or with others.

  • Something that gives you strength to get through the next massive procedure or session of consults.

  • Something to bring people together (even those who, like one of the editors, are not known for their cooking).

Vets need to look out for each other, promote collegiality, have fun and yes, enjoy some feel-good-calories along the way. Editors Asti May, Deepa Gopinath and Anne Fawcett are compiling a cookbook for vets, the proceeds of which will be donated to veterinary mental health charities. Contact

Share your favourite recipe and show your support for your colleagues!



Engagement Communications Specialist

Lis celebrated 25 years working for the CVE in July 2016. Building a strong CVE professional community has long been a key focus, to which end she completed a Masters of Marketing at the University of Sydney in 2016. Her capstone consulting project was based around surveying veterinarians in Australia and overseas to discover how they experienced the CVE both as a membership organisation and participants in continuing professional development. Lis was awarded the Australian Marketing Institute Prize for Best Consulting Project in 2016 for the most outstanding research project in her graduating class. The vast volume of data generated in this research project is being used to assist the CVE to adapt, improve and innovate to ensure that membership remains as relevant and as accessible today as when Tom Hungerford and colleagues first established the CVE in 1965.