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J Vet Med Educ. 2012 Winter;39(4):322-30. doi: 10.3138/jvme.0112-006R.

Predictors of anxiety and depression in veterinary medicine students: a four-year cohort examination.

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College of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506, USA.


Mental health needs of veterinary medical students have become the focus of concern in recent years. Literature to date is scarce, but indicates a large number of veterinary medical students experience clinical levels of anxiety and depression. The present study focused on the prevalence of anxiety and depression in a sample of veterinary medical students (N=142) across four-year cohorts. Findings indicate elevated scores of anxiety and depression across the four-year cohorts. Students in their second and third years had the highest anxiety and depression scores. Perceived physical health, unclear expectations, difficulty fitting in, heavy workload, and homesickness were most relevant in explaining anxiety and depression symptom prevalence. Implications for practice and future research are addressed based on these findings.

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