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Aust Vet J. 2011 Nov;89(11):460-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1751-0813.2011.00833.x.

Workplace stress, mental health, and burnout of veterinarians in Australia.

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Hatch Counselling and Consultancies, Wodonga, Victoria, Australia.



To determine the frequency of the states of depression, anxiety, stress and burnout using internationally validated methods and to relate these to the demographic characteristics of veterinarians in Australia.


A postal survey of registered veterinarians with at least one year's experience and whose address was available; 1947 returned the questionnaire providing data for analysis.


Overall, veterinarians describe higher levels of depression, anxiety, stress and burnout than the general population. The severity of these states was determined by gender, background, type of practice and years after graduation.


Modifying the curricula of veterinary schools to include the teaching of personal cognitive and coping skills to undergraduate veterinary students, the provision of the opportunity to enhance these skills throughout their veterinary career and changes in the veterinary workplace could result in improved mental health, increased job engagement and work satisfaction.

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