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Significant Study on Veterinary Wellbeing Reveals Importance of Continued Focus on Personal and Professional Health and Wellbeing Among Veterinarians

ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 18, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --A Merck Animal Health, a division of Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, N.J., USA (NYSE:MRK), today announced the results of a comprehensive study of wellbeing and mental health among U.S. veterinarians, which are critical issues facing the veterinary profession. Conducted in collaboration with the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the Merck Animal Health Veterinarian Wellbeing Study also examined job satisfaction, compensation, burnout, substance use disorder, cyberbullying and suicide among veterinarians while evaluating potential solutions.
Significant Study on Veterinary Wellbeing Reveals Importance of Continued Focus on Personal and Professional Health and Wellbeing Among Veterinarians
In this study, veterinarians rated job satisfaction highly, saying, "I'm invested in my work and take pride in doing a good job" and "My work makes a positive contribution to people's lives."Conversely, the study found that veterinarians are very concerned about high stress levels (92%), high student debt (91%) and suicide (89%) in the profession. Despite new awareness around wellbeing and mental health in veterinary medicine, the study showed veterinarian wellbeing on average has not improved since a similar study was conducted in partnership with the AVMA and funded by Merck Animal Health in 2017. "Our research shows that attitudes toward mental health in the veterinary field are improving, but we still have work to do as it relates to treatment," said Judson Vasconcelos, Ph.D., DVM, director, Veterinary and Consumer Affairs for Merck Animal Health. "For example, this study found a significant and positive change in caring toward those with mental illness, but that there is still a large treatment gap, with half of those surveyed experiencing distress and declining to seek treatment. Through the years, we have partnered with the AVMA to develop tools and resources to improve wellbeing within the veterinary community and make veterinary medicine a stronger and healthier profession. As a result of this study and the 2017 study, we continue to work with the AVMA on programs to prioritize self-care, invest in personal wellbeing and manage stress in healthy ways."
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