“[…] Veterinarians have an increased risk of depression and suicidal ideation and suicide risk […]” 1

 

“[…] Approximately 1 in 11 veterinarians had serious psychological distress and 1 in 6 experienced suicidal ideation since leaving veterinary school […]” 2

Veterinarians are among the professional groups with the highest risk of suicide. Only a few people in our society are aware of this. We want to draw attention to this situation – Break the Silence – and, together with Vetivolution, contribute to improving the situation.

Vetivolution is a non-profit organization in the DACH region that advocates for the mental health of all those working in veterinary medicine. Solely funded by donations, Vetivolution is dedicated to the well-being of veterinary staff. Coming from the industry, the goal is to bring about a positive change for veterinary medicine as a whole. Working in veterinary medicine should no longer automatically be associated with a risk to mental health.

The Vetivolution team is available with supervision, immediate assistance, and preventive measures with solution-oriented approaches. Vetivolution strives to bring more joy to clinical practice and enable veterinary medicine to confidently face all future challenges. Support is directed towards veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and students alike.

Because healthy veterinarians mean healthy animals and ultimately a healthy society!

1 Schwerdtfeger, K.A., Bahramsoltani, M., Spangenberg, L., Hallensleben, N. and Glaesmer, H. (2020), Depression, suicidal ideation and suicide risk in German veterinarians compared with the general German population. Veterinary Record, 186: e2-e2. https://doi.org/10.1136/vr.105430

2 Nett, R. J., Witte, T. K., Holzbauer, S. M., Elchos, B. L., Campagnolo, E. R., Musgrave, K. J., Carter, K. K., Kurkjian, K. M., Vanicek, C. F., O’Leary, D. R., Pride, K. R., & Funk, R. H. (2015). Risk factors for suicide, attitudes toward mental illness, and practice-related stressors among US veterinarians. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, 247(8), 945–955. https://doi.org/10.2460/javma.247.8.945