Female veterinarians have a much higher suicide rate. Is animal euthanasia a factor?
Alex SchadenbergExecutive Director – Euthanasia Prevention CoalitionAccording to new a study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Association that examined the deaths of veterinarians from 1979 to 2015, veterinarians have a much higher suicide than members of the general population.Death records from 11,620 veterinarians between 1979 and 2015 showed that at least 398 veterinarians died by suicide during this time period. The suicide rate for veterinarians is far higher than the national average but the suicide rate for female veterinarians is even more concerning. The study indicates that compared to the general population, male veterinarians were 2.1 times more likely