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Protect Your Mental Health, Vet Students and New Grads!

Posted by Cathy Barnette on September 8, 2020 at 6:15 AM

As you might have heard, September is National Suicide Prevention Month. If there’s a profession that needs to pay special attention to suicide prevention, it’s certainly veterinarians! A 2019 study found that suicide risk in male veterinarians is 1.6 times higher than the general population, while the risk in female veterinarians is 2.4 times higher than the general population.1

And our vet tech friends aren’t immune, either; the same study found that vet techs had an even higher suicide rate than veterinarians.1 Clearly, this is an issue that all of us need to be aware of, so that we can do our best to protect ourselves and our colleagues.

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Topics: Suicide, Mental Health

10 Mental Health Resources for Veterinarians

Posted by Flavia Vaduva on May 6, 2019 at 12:50 PM

It’s always been interesting to me how differently individuals in the general public view our profession. I’ve had people tell me, “it is a beautiful profession” to “that’s got to be one of the hardest jobs.” I wonder if maybe veterinary medicine lies somewhere in between or in a combination of these two statements. Personally, I believe our profession can be both incredibly rewarding and profoundly difficult.

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Topics: Suicide, Mental Health

Compassion Fatigue Prevention and Self-Care

Posted by Lori Hehn on March 5, 2018 at 5:37 AM

We have heard a lot about compassion fatigue in the last couple of years when it comes to the veterinary community. It is a very important topic to address if you work in the veterinary field.

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Topics: Stress Management, Compassion Fatigue, Suicide

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