Its a Hard Vet Life

Episode 20

Meeting puppies and kittens and baby rabbits are a huge perk of being a vet but there are massive downsides which can take away the joy of the job's good parts, and make the bad parts extra awful.  
Nicole and Jez discuss the harsh reality of being a vet, and why the veterinary industry is so punishing.

Image by Markus Winkler
 
 

Citations

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Liu, A., & van Gelderen, I. (2020). A Systematic Review of Mental Health–Improving Interventions in Veterinary Students. Journal Of Veterinary Medical Education, 47(6), 745-758.

Milner, A., Niven, H., Page, K., & LaMontagne, A. (2015). Suicide in veterinarians and veterinary nurses in Australia: 2001-2012. Australian Veterinary Journal, 93(9), 308-310. doi: 10.1111/avj.12358

Moses, L., Malowney, M., & Wesley Boyd, J. (2018). Ethical conflict and moral distress in veterinary practice: A survey of North American veterinarians. Journal Of Veterinary Internal Medicine, 32(6), 2115-2122. doi: 10.1111/jvim.15315

Perret, J., Best, C., Coe, J., Greer, A., Khosa, D., & Jones-Bitton, A. (2020). Prevalence of mental health outcomes among Canadian veterinarians. Journal Of The American Veterinary Medical Association, 256(3), 365-375. doi: 10.2460/javma.256.3.365

Tomasi, S., Fechter-Leggett, E., Edwards, N., Reddish, A., Crosby, A., & Nett, R. (2019). Suicide among veterinarians in the United States from 1979 through 2015. Journal Of The American Veterinary Medical Association, 254(1), 104-112. doi: 10.2460/javma.254.1.104