Title: Understanding veterinarian mental wellbeing, and client and colleague relationships.
Start Date: January 2016
End Date: December 2017
Description: Little research has been undertaken to determine why the veterinary profession has an elevated suicide risk. As being a veterinarian involves complex social interactions with clients and colleagues whilst consulting on the animal patients, consideration of interpersonal factors such as feeling a burden or decreased sense of belonging (Van Orden et al., 2010) could provide valuable insight into the elevated risk. This study will examine empathy as a potential protective factor against thwarted belongingness and perceived burdensomeness, as established causes of suicide. This will provide an indication of whether building veterinarian empathy could be an effective suicide prevention strategy, in addition to informing decisions on how empathy training might be developed.
Veterinarians registered in Australia that have a stable client base have been surveyed. We extend our sincere gratitude to all veterinarians who participated in the survey. Your time and interest is greatly appreciated.
Results – Data is current being analysed (as of August 2017)
Title: Why are our veterinarians so prone to suicide
Author: Steve Butler
Date: 2 March 2017
Title: Vet mental health on radar as range of risk factors takes toll on profession
Author: Kate Hill
Date: 16 June 2017