Contact with horses can be as soothing for equine veterinarians as anyone else, but a career in equine veterinary medicine is also physically demanding and highly stressful with long, unpredictable work hours, high student debt loads, administrative burdens and emotional stressors. Equine veterinarians may also be subject to isolation, unrealistic client expectations and demands, and harassment, says AVMA Director of Wellbeing and Diversity Initiatives Dr. Jen Brandt, who helped start a veterinary mental health group with counselors and social workers who specialize in veterinary medicine.
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