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Veterinary surgeons and suicide: influences, opportunities and research directions
  1. D. J. Bartram, BVetMed, DipM, MCIM, CDipAF, MRCVS1 and
  2. D. S. Baldwin, MB, BS, DM, FRCPsych2
  1. 1 43 Leafy Lane, Whiteley, Fareham, Hampshire PO15 7HL
  2. 2 Clinical Neuroscience Division, School of Medicine, University of Southampton, RSH Hospital, Southampton SO14 0YG


Veterinary surgeons are at high risk of suicide, with a proportional mortality ratio approximately four times that of the general population and around twice that of other health care professions. It is uncertain whether this derives from the characteristics of individuals entering the profession, the nature of the work environment, or other factors known to influence suicide. In this article, David Bartram and David Baldwin present a hypothetical model to explain suicide risk in veterinary surgeons, and argue that research is required to validate the model and to inform the development of appropriate interventions.

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