The scourge of suicide in veterinary medication

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Editor’s Note: This article contains a discussion of suicide, depression, and mental health issues. If you have depression or thoughts of suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800-273-TALK; 800-273-8255; It’s 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. No matter what your problems are, the people on the other end of the line will help you find a reason to move on.

According to the American Medical Veterinary Association, one in six vets has thought about suicide, an alarming statistic that hit again near home when beloved Wisconsin veterinarian Josh Smith, DVM, took his life earlier this month.

Today Adam Christman, DVM, MBA, Chief Veterinary Officer of dvm360®, sat down with Mariana Pardo, DVM, a critic at the Long Island Veterinary Medical Center. Kai Shiu, BVMS, MRCVS, DACVIM (oncology), a veterinary oncologist based in Madison, Wisconsin; and Carrie Jurney, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology), CCFP, Vice President of Not One More Vet, to discuss the great void Smith’s death has left in both the national and international veterinary community and how the profession was can help prevent such tragedies in the EU future.

Shui and Pardo, close friends of the late veterinarian, share what his loss means for them personally and for their entire profession. The trio also discuss measures that can be implemented to address this problem, such as: B. compulsory suicide prevention training.

“I don’t want that to happen anymore. This is the first time it’s this tight, ”Pardo told Christman.

Shui repeated similar feelings. Many people mourn. I am trying everything I can to drive this movement forward. “

Jurney, who is committed to promoting conversations about the wellbeing of veterinarians, emphasized the need to talk more about suicide and raise awareness of the many resources veterinary clinics have at their disposal. “You are not alone,” she says.

Check out the compelling and informative interview by clicking the picture below.