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Concern over mental wellbeing and stress

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By Adele Waters

The first ever global study of veterinary wellness – involving thousands of vet professionals – has confirmed a probable correlation between a career in veterinary medicine and an elevated risk of mental health issues.

It found that stress and reduced wellbeing is a universal problem across the professions and the likely cause is a combination of factors including working environment, personal characteristics and client pressures.

While it found older professionals were significantly more satisfied with their careers and vets more satisfied with their careers than vet nurses or technicians, it found the mental health of younger members of the profession ‘seriously at risk’.

Conducted by the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA), the study found the lowest levels of stress and diminished wellbeing across the regions in Oceania.

The findings are based …

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