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BSAVA congress
Work-related stress and its impact on the veterinary profession

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WHAT is stress? How does it impact the veterinary profession specifically? And what can be done to help when you or colleagues experience difficulties?

These were issues discussed by Rosie Allister, chair of the Vet Helpline, during a session at the BSAVA congress in Birmingham on April 10.

Ms Allister defined stress as the ‘adverse reaction people have to excessive pressure or other types of demands placed on them’, and explained that work-related stress was not due to just one factor. Using the ‘demand, control, support model’ for stress, she described how an individual's perception of stress was made up of the pressure experienced at work, as well as their available options and sense of control, plus the level of support they had access to.

She presented statistics demonstrating …

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