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Author: Nancy R. Blum

Depression, compassion fatigue, burnout, and a high rate of suicide have become primary concerns in the veterinary profession. Although there have been differing viewpoints on the prevalence of these conditions, 1 there is no dispute that veterinarians are often exposed to potentially destabilizing stressors that take an emotional toll. Medical students, residents, and physicians in clinical practice experience similar stressors, 2 and in response, the medical profession has published a vast literature on the problem and developed some effective programs for students and doctors. 3–5 Given the similarities between the veterinary and human medical professions, it seems

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in Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association