North Carolina Professionals Health Program (NCPHP) provides North Carolina’s veterinarians and registered veterinary technicians with identification, evaluation, monitoring, and support for substance use disorders and mental health issues. This allows them to participate in a sustainable recovery program and serve the public in a safe manner.
With compassion for the welfare of veterinary professionals and concern for the integrity of the entire profession, the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board (NCVMB) collaborates with NCPHP. By evaluating, referring for assessment and/or treatment and monitoring veterinary professionals, NCPHP enables them to serve the public in a safe manner.
NCPHP’s referrals come from the NCVMB, employers, colleagues, and self-referrals, among other sources.
Self-referrals are well received and highly recommended, as preemptively seeking assistance demonstrates a willingness to address a potential issue before patient care is affected. If you are considering self-referral, you may want to complete these self-assessment questionnaires.
The NCVMB is dedicated to helping veterinarians and registered veterinary technicians dealing with a substance use and mental health issue. Veterinarians and registered veterinary technicians can self-refer to NCPHP and remain anonymous to the NCVMB. If you are considering referring yourself or someone you know, please contact us for help in doing so.
Veterinary Impairment Fund
Michael W. Wilkerson, MD Family Assistance Fund
Michael W. Wilkerson, MD served as Medical Director of NCPHP from 1998-2004. During his tenure, he made many contributions toward building and strengthening the program that has helped so many North Carolina medical professionals. In honor of Dr. Wilkerson, and at the suggestion of his wife, the Michael W. Wilkerson, MD Family Assistance Fund was established. These scholarship funds are provided to family members to give them the opportunity to participate in the family program at the treatment center or to allow family members to seek outpatient therapy as an integral part of the recovery process. The fund may also be used to financially assist struggling families in helping to meet other critical family needs while their family member is in treatment (e.g., utility bills, mortgage, groceries, etc.).
Maximum scholarship per family is limited to $1,500 per calendar year (January to December). To apply, complete this form.