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Guarding your wellbeing
  1. Adele Waters

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‘I think that the increased focus on mental health issues in the veterinary profession is due to most vets being women. Women are more anxious and neurotic than men.’

That was how one 28-year-old male vet from the UK responded to a global survey to assess wellness in the veterinary professions.

He told researchers he felt mental health problems are being exaggerated across society and that stress should not be categorised as a mental health problem. Instead, we must accept that adult life is difficult for everyone.

I think we could all agree with his final point – no adult escapes difficulty. But his claims of mental health problems being exaggerated are undermined by the results from that survey – the first ever global study of veterinary wellness – conducted by …

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