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Talk of stress, suicide no longer taboo among veterinarians

Heavy student loan debt, compassion fatigue and emotionally draining tasks such as euthanasia combine to raise the suicide rate in the veterinary profession well above that of the general population. The AVMA, local professional associations and some retail clinics have begun health and wellness education campaigns to address the issue, and veterinarians are encouraging one another to talk about work-related stress, anxiety and emotions.

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