Veterinary students are more likely to develop depression than human doctors, a study from Kansas State University has revealed.
Within their first year, 32% of veterinary students displayed symptoms of depression as compared to only 23% in human medicine. Pressure, difficult cases, an expectation to know too much and the spectre of euthanasia are all factors in an increasing rate of depression that is, unfortunately, largely ignored in the profession at large.
Depression and addiction are factors not spoken of in the veterinary profession, despite an increasing number of vets seeking help when it’s too late. We will be covering this issue across the veterinary profession in more detail in the future.
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