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The dark side of veterinary medicine contributes to stress, burnout

Being a veterinarian may be a dream job, but it involves far more than playing with puppies and kittens, says psychologist Nadine Hamilton, author of the book "Coping with Stress and Burnout as a Veterinarian." Professional and social isolation, unrealistic client expectations, perfectionism, access to drugs, high levels of debt, long work hours and a stigma associated with seeking mental health care contribute to a higher-than-average suicide rate within the veterinary profession, Hamilton says.

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