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Learn about the results of the WSAVA’s Professional Wellness Group’s (PWG’s) study into global veterinary wellness

Published: 9/2/2019

A recording of Dr Nienke Endenburg’s ‘Shaping the Future’ presentation and subsequent expert panel discussion is now available.

If you weren’t able to attend #WSAVA2019, please listen to Dr Endenburg’s presentation of the initial findings of the PWG’s study.  They concern us all because they show that thousands of veterinary professionals in all parts of the world are experiencing stress and diminished well-being.  The most seriously affected appear to be females, younger professionals and veterinary nurses/technicians.
Dr Endenburg, a psychologist and Co-Chair of the PWG, says: “Our research – the first global study of veterinary wellness – confirms a probable correlation between a career in veterinary medicine and an elevated risk of mental health issues.  It’s likely that this is caused by a combination of factors including working environment, personal characteristics and client pressures. We are very concerned at the impact this is having on thousands of veterinary professionals worldwide and believe it must be addressed without delay.”
She continues: “The study has provided us with very important data which we are now analyzing in detail and preparing for scientific publication. We will then develop an action plan.”
If you are experiencing a crisis or need support with your mental health, please contact your veterinary association and speak to a close friend or family member.