Is your Vet at RISK for suicide?
From: Dr Andrew Jones
Author: Veterinary Secrets Revealed
Re: Is your Vet at RISK for suicide?
Hello All- Welcome to the Weekend!
First some good news- the small seizuring Pug that had surgery
for a stuffy toy is doing well and going home today.
I am looking forward to a quiet weekend- especially after
last weeks crazy number of emergencies ( over 20 of them).
I was sent a copy of the following article on the suicide
rate in Veterinarians. In the U.K. ( and I suspect in
Canada and the U.S.) Veterinarians have the HIGHEST rate
of suicide among professionals.
Here is the article:
Veterinarian Suicide Rates Nearly Four Times the National
BBC News announced on Oct. 5 that according to the British
Veterinary Association’s (BVA) journal, research found that
UK veterinarians’ suicide rates outstrip the national average
and are double that of doctors or dentists.
It is thought that the stress associated with putting down
numerous animals and easy access to injections puts this group
at risk. According to the BVA’s research, lethal injections
were the most common method of suicide.
The BVA is considering setting up a support system for
veterinarians in training in order to prepare future
veterinarians for the stress that awaits them in this
Professor Richard Halliwell of BVA attributes much of the
stress of being a vet to “dual problem of coping with the
animals and coping with the people, which can be very stressful.”
To deal with this stress and help vets cope, Halliwell says
that vet schools need to teach work-life balance and coping
skills from the beginning until after graduation.
P.S. First of all don’t read into the newsletter that I am at risk
of suicide- I am one of the most laid back people I know 🙂
I always thought that dentists had the higher suicide rate.’
The moral of today’s newsletter – perhaps it is to let your
Vet know how grateful you are to have them care for your pets-
Especially those who are open to having you be an involved dog
and cat guardian.. 🙂
Feel free to make a post here….
It’s Your Pet…Heal Them At Home!
Dr Andrew Jones, DVM
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