Addressing the mental health crisis in the veterinary profession
Even prior to the onset of COVID 19, there were considerable wellness problems across a number of sectors in the veterinary profession. Research shows that the profession experiences suicide rates greater than those of the general population. COVID 19 has exacerbated mental health issues within the profession. In the AVA -commissioned report by, Superfriend, it was found that the issue needs to be addressed on multiple fronts, including financial stress, working conditions, and client relations. AVA has already made a significant investment in research and support services for veterinarians suffering mental health issues and will be seeking further government support over the next 5 years to implement the findings of the research.