E-mental health and the veterinary profession

James A. Oxley, V. Tamara Montrose, Lori Kogan

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Mental health and well-being have been receiving greater attention within the veterinary profession in recent years. Common mental health–related issues experienced by veterinarians include depression, anxiety, anorexia, mood disorders, alcoholism, and drug-related problems,1 and the suicide rate among United Kingdom veterinarians is 3 times that of the general population.2 The etiology behind the high incidence of suicide among veterinarians is debated but likely multifactorial. Factors that may play a role in suicidal ideation include work-related factors, such as professional isolation, long working hours, high workloads, managerial responsibilities, poor work-life balance, high client expectations, frequent exposure to euthanasia, and the ready accessibility of euthanasia drugs, and personal factors, such as relationship problems and alcohol- and drug-related problems
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12226-1227
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2017


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