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."
“I have been a Vet Assistant for going on 8 years. Some days become more of a struggle than others. In this field, you need to be adaptable and be able to read a situation and instantly know the best way to handle it."
“Some days will be the hardest days you have, and you really think ‘Why am I doing this? Why am I seeing this?’ Your faith in humanity sometimes disappears and you feel depressed, but then you have to think, ‘There are so many other animals I can still help.’"