According to the research, 75% of veterinarians who committed suicide during the investigated period performed their profession in small clinics.
A US veterinarian has an increased risk of suicide, a trend that has spread for more than three decades, according to a report published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medicine Association (Javma).
A study conducted by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) analyzed data between 1979 and 2015 and found that veterinarians had a 3.5 times higher likelihood of suicide compared to the general population, while their male counterparts had 2.1 times.
"The study helps us to better see this complex issue in this profession. With the information we collect, we can together reduce the number of suicides by veterinarians," said CDC Director Robert R. Redfield.
A previous study by the Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) found that veterinary women had a higher prevalence of risk factors for suicide and suicidal thoughts or attempts.
For the latest study, researchers of Nyons analyzed data on 11,620 veterinarians who died during the years 1979-2015, according to the CDC statement.
The data comes from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the National Center for Statistics of Health in the CDC. +
They found that, as in the general population, the most common way of committing suicide in a veterinarian was a firearm, after which it was poisoned with drugs.
Although there are no data on the causes of the highest proportion of suicides among these experts, researchers point out that certain factors such as long-term work, pressure due to overload, education-related debts and the "bad" balance between personal and work can be affected.
"Cooperation among many professionals, such as professional associations, veterinary schools and suicide prevention experts, can contribute to creating a comprehensive and effective suicide prevention strategy in that profession," said director Niosh John Hovard
Efe collected the reaction of the American Veterinary Medicine Association (AVMA), but did not receive an answer.
The organization yesterday announced the release of a statement that efforts will be put in place to support the pipeline in research, education, protection of the rights and welfare of animals.
Currently, 60% of veterinarians in the United States are women. Out of 110,531 registered at the state level in 2017, 66,731 were women and 43,662 men.