Survey shows stress among veterinarians

A study of wellbeing among veterinarians indicates high job satisfaction among animal practitioners, but also a high degree of concern in the profession over stress, student debt and suicide. The survey by Merck Animal Health – a follow-up to a similar survey two years ago – found positive change in attitude towards those with mental illness, but a large treatment gap. Half of those surveyed experience mental distress but don’t look for treatment.

The study, conducted with the American Veterinary Medical Association, looks at what Merck calls the critical issues of wellbeing and mental health among veterinarians. It says veterinarians have a higher rate of burn-out than physicians, and more than half would not recommend a career in veterinary medicine. It also says veterinarians are more than two-and-a-half times more likely to attempt suicide than non-veterinarians.

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