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Vets’ mental health a serious concern across the industry

MENTAL health in the veterinary industry is “getting worse” as depression and suicide remain major concerns, and issues such as higher expectations, increased demands and social media backlash contribute to stress.

Previous studies have highlighted mental health concerns, showing that vets are at higher risk of serious psychological distress and suicide, while new research by the British Veterinary Association found 74% of 565 respondents were “very or quite concerned” about stress and burnout as a result of Covid-19.

British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) president Lucy Grieve told mental health concerns among vets are increasing and said the topic of suicide has been

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