Euthanasia not solely responsible for vet depression

Euthanasia administration is not solely responsible for veterinarians risking suicide up to four times more than the general population, new research shows.

The study looked at 540 Australian vets aged between 23 and 74. The heightened risk of an established depression and suicide was believed to be linked to euthanasia administration of animals but results found it was only a small factor. In some cases, administering euthanasia actually reduced levels of depression.

Lead author Dr Monique Crane said the results indicate the relationship between euthanasia, depression and suicide risk is more complex than previously understood.

Read more at Macquarie University