A SHORT DOCUMENTARY
In recent years, shocking statistics have been released that veterinarians are over two to three times more likely to die by suicide than the general population. Veterinary technicians also have an alarmingly high rate of suicide.
Animal Calling is a short documentary following a recently-graduated, young veterinarian as she enjoys a rare, relaxing morning in her serene country home. As she reflects on the mental health issues currently impacting the field of veterinary medicine, we're intermittently transported to her place of work and shown the emotional and psychological challenges faced by those working in the veterinary profession.
FULL FILM HERE
LINK TO THE DESCRIBED VIDEO VERSION
MENTAL HEALTH & COMMUNITY RESOURCES
Below are links to various Mental Health & Community Resources specifically catered towards Veterinarians, Veterinary Technicians, and Support Staff.
There is always someone there to listen.
*Please reach out to us if you have an additional resource you would like included below.*
SOCIAL MEDIA INITIATIVE
Alongside the short documentary, Animal Calling, we shared the stories of individuals who have dedicated their lives to the care of animals, in a Humans of New York inspired style. With this, we aimed to raise awareness about the mental health challenges the field is facing and to inspire others to share their stories as well.
We welcome you to explore these stories on our Instagram and Facebook pages.
"I love parts of my job, but I also just get through a lot of it. I think we go into this career loving animals and get immersed in school loving the profession, but then we get into the real world and it isn't always what we expect."
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION & ARTICLES
Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association: Suicide among veterinarians in the United States from 1979 through 2015
January 1st, 2019
CTV News: Canadian veterinarians struggling with mental health issues, Guelph-led study suggests
February 27th, 2020
CBC: Suicide Charity group calls attention to high suicide rates in veterinarian community
March 17th, 2022
Time: Veterinarians face unique issues that make suicide one of the profession's big worries
September 12th, 2019
The Guardian: 'Relentless calls and constant abuse': Why Britain's vets are in crisis
February 13th, 2022
Maclean's : Suicide Canada's veterinarian shortage is shaping up to be a full-on crisis
December 21st, 2021
The Guardian: Suicide Australian vets leaving the profession 'in droves' over stress and poor pay
January 17th, 2019
CBC : A love for animals led them to be vets. High stress levels make it tough to stay
October 25th, 2020