Two thirds of veterinary staff say work has damaged mental health

Two thirds of veterinary staff say work has damaged mental health

A study of more than 200 veterinary professionals has revealed that 63% feel their mental health has worsened since taking up their career.

Research found that high stress levels, demanding workloads, and unmanageable expectations from clients were the main reasons given for the decline in mental health.

More than 40% of veterinary professionals said their their mental health is below average, citing issues like staff shortages and the pandemic pet ownership boom for leaving the industry in crisis..

The study by pharmaceutical company Vetoquinol UK also found 67% of respondents don’t feel that there is enough support in the industry to help them at present, however, 78% do know where they can seek it if needed, and 72% feel that they have someone they can talk to about their frustrations and work worries.

Nearly 67% of those polled chose the career due to a love of animals and passion for protecting their welfare.

Caitrina Oakes, Managing Director at Vetoquinol UK and NOAH Chair said: “The findings from this research have highlighted a harrowing truth — that veterinary professional from all sectors have been stretched to breaking point. Vets and their teams are sacrificing their wellbeing to protect the welfare of our farm, equine, and companion animals.

“It is now time for pet owners and businesses alike to recognise the mental strain this is putting on the industry. As a veterinary pharmaceutical company, we understand that we have a duty to look after the wellbeing of those on the frontline.

“That’s why we are proud to be hosting a free three-part webinar series this month, ‘ Battling Burnout with Vetoquinol ’, centred on offering practical guidance and tips on overcoming stress. This is just the start of our work in this space and we will continue to support the wellbeing of vets in 2022 and beyond. In the coming months, we hope to see more businesses, farmers, and pet owners rallying together to support those who selflessly care for our animals every day.”