“We’re the only healthcare profession that actually talks to people about death,” said veterinarian and President of the Kentucky Veterinary Medical Association, Jennifer Quammen. “and counsels people that death is a good idea, and then we physically deliver that.”
On top of suggesting that death may be the best option, veterinarians have to deal with accumulating debt, long hours and cyber bullying from angry pet owners.
All of these are contributing factors as to why veterinarians in the U.S. are at an increased risk of suicide.
In a study published by the Centers for Disease Control they found that female veterinarians were 3.5 times more likely, and male veterinarians were 2.1 times more likely, to commit suicide than the general population.
So, how do veterinarians combat the tougher parts of the job?Female Veterinarians Higher Rate of Suicide