TIL that the suicide rates for those in the veterinary profession were significantly higher than those of the general population. Female veterinarians are 3.5 times more likely to die from suicide, and male veterinarians are 2.1 times as likely.

Read more: https://www.azpetvet.com/mental-health-in-the-veterinary-industry-what-you-need-to-know/

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  1. It’s not an easy job. Vets have to be every kind of specialist for every animal they accept: GP, infectious disease doctor, surgeon, urologist/gyno, oncologist, phlebotomist, anesthesiologist, etc.

    Despite this, they’re among the lowest paid and most abused. It’s not the animals that are the problem: it’s the owners. They have to deal with a lot of the same stuff school teachers do, because they have to deal with unreasonable people who can’t hear an objective word against their precious babies.

    They also have to perform euthanasia, so they also have to be impromptu grief counselors. That by itself isn’t easy.

  2. Doesn’t surprise me at all – and I’m guessing it’s even worse now before, given all the assholes you got pets during lockdown and then dumped them as soon as things went back to “normal”. Imagine having to constantly deal with the heartbreak of people who see and treat their pets like some disposable objects.

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