Mental health of veterans: new report
High stress levels, unmanageable client expectations and demanding workloads are among the main causes of declining mental health among veterinarians.
This is according to research commissioned by a veterinary pharmaceutical company, Vetoquinol UK, into the veterinary industry.
The new study of more than 200 veterinary professionals found that 63% believe their mental health has deteriorated since they started their profession.
For many, veterinary care is more than just a job – it’s a selfless way of life, as the survey highlighted.
Nearly 67% of participants say they chose this career out of a love of animals and a passion for protecting their well-being.
The survey revealed that achieving positive results in difficult situations and seeing happy pets and satisfied owners are some of the top factors that make veterinary professionals happy.
Due to issues — such as understaffing and the pandemic boom in pet ownership, leaving the industry in crisis — more than 40% of vets believe their mental health is below average.
One of the main factors contributing to this decline is that 67% of respondents believe there is not enough support in the industry to help them through difficult times.
However, 78% know where they can look for it if they need it.
72% feel they have someone to talk to about their frustrations and worries at work.
When asked what additional help they wanted, professionals said it was support in practice through dedicated programs and free advice,
They also added that solving current industry problems is “paramount” to bringing about “tangible” change.
Vets at Breaking Point
Caitrina Oakes, Managing Director of Vetoquinol UK and President of NOAH, said:
“The results of this research have brought to light a heartbreaking truth – that veterinary professionals across all sectors have been pushed to the breaking point.”
“Veterinarians and their teams sacrifice their welfare to protect the welfare of our farm, equine and companion animals.”
“Now is the time for pet owners and businesses to recognize the mental strain this is putting on the industry.”
“As a veterinary pharmaceutical company, we understand that we have a duty to ensure the well-being of those on the front lines.”
Last year, the company hosted a free three-part webinar series, Battling Burnout with Vetoquinol.
He focused on offering practical tips and advice on overcoming stress.
The company revealed that this was “just the beginning of our work in this space”. He confirmed that he will continue to support Vet Wellness in 2022 and beyond.
Oakes concluded, “In the months ahead, we hope to see more businesses, farmers and animal owners coming together to support those who selflessly care for our animals every day.”
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