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WE listened with interest to Radio 4's All in the Mind programme recently on the high suicide rates within the veterinary profession. Several reasons were attributed to this issue including occupational stressors, higher than average rates of mental health issues within the profession, and the reluctance of vets to seek assistance in times of trouble.
The transition between vet school and life in practice has widely been accepted as stressful, and there has been much discussion around retaining vets within the profession. What is perhaps most worrying was a number of subgroups identified in the programme that are most at risk of developing mental health issues, including under 35s, females …