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Interventions with potential to improve the mental health and wellbeing of UK veterinary surgeons
  1. D. J. Bartram, BVetMed, DipM, MCIM, CDipAF, FRCVS1,
  2. J. M. A. Sinclair, BSc, MB, BS, MSc, MRCPsych, DPhil1 and
  3. D. S. Baldwin, MB, BS, DM, FRCPsych1
  1. 1Division of Clinical Neurosciences: Mental Health Group, School of Medicine, University of Southampton, Royal South Hants Hospital, Brintons Terrace, Southampton SO14 0YG
  1. E-mail for correspondence: d.bartram{at}


The proportion of UK veterinary surgeons who die by suicide as opposed to other causes is approximately four times that of the general population, and around twice that of other healthcare professionals. Recent research suggests that veterinary surgeons report high levels of psychological distress. This paper proposes a portfolio of evidence-based interventions, for both organisations and individuals, which have the potential to improve mental health and wellbeing in the veterinary profession.

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