Article Text

Mental health
Veterinary mental health: an international issue

Statistics from

A RECENT mental health survey of more than 10,000 practising veterinarians in the USA, conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has shown that vets are significantly more likely to suffer from psychiatric disorders and experience depressive episodes and thoughts of suicide compared to the general adult population in the USA. The research suggested that almost 10 per cent of vets might have experienced serious psychological distress, and that more than one in six might have contemplated suicide.

Explaining why the study was undertaken, the researchers, who were led by Randall J. Nett, an epidemiology field officer for the CDC, said that, while veterinarians were believed to be at increased risk for suicide compared …

View Full Text

Request Permissions

If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.