Veterinarians, it has been found, experience suicide at four times the rate of the general population.
Day in day out, vets undergo a great deal of stress, not only caring for sick animals, but working with the owners to provide the best care and treatment. Entering the profession because of their love for animals, they are often not prepared for the emotional pressures of the job.
“We are very passionate about improving mental health and are proud to partner with Beyond Blue to tackle these very real issues affecting our vets, who suffer as a result of supporting our community,” Zoetis vice-president (Australia and New Zealand) Lance Williams said.
Zoetis will be raising $100,000 from sales of their companion animal products, as well as livestock products, from 15 July to 31 October, with funds being used by the Beyond Blue Support Service, to provide advice and support 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
“We are very grateful to have the ongoing support of Zoetis and look forward to working together so our Australian vets can access the mental health support they need,” Beyond Blue CEO Georgie Harman said.
“They help our loved ones, now let’s help them.”