19.01.2022 – 15:48
BARCELONA, Spain, June 1 /PRNewswire/
HappyVetProject recognizes the need for veterinarians to be proactive in self-management of their mental health and with its website, wants to www.happyvetproject.org (@happyvetproject) offer a platform for practitioners – a content-rich digital platform where veterinarians can find personalized self-care formulas to counteract the stress caused by their profession. They are grouped into three categories: physical balance, emotional health, and proper nutrition.
HappyVetProject is an initiative of LIVISTO (#AlongWithYou). LIVISTO is an international pharmaceutical company specializing in animal health products.
Veterinary medicine is among the professions with the highest mental health risks. Issues such as anxiety, demotivation, burnout, compassion fatigue, retirement, depression and even suicide are some examples of mental disorders in this sector. The warning signal came a few years ago from North America and the UK, countries with good social support for these professionals but with alarming numbers when it comes to mental health and overall happiness.
According to a study by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) conducted on 12,000 veterinarians in the United States between 1979 and 2015, veterinarians are 3.5 times more likely to commit suicide than the general population. Those who work with pets are at increased risk.
Working in animal health and welfare is a childhood dream come true for most veterinarians. However rewarding the work may be for others, the day-to-day life of a veterinarian can become a physical, emotional and mental challenge that is difficult to bear.
A key sector for public health
Veterinary prevention programs are essential to avoid zoonotic diseases, i.e. diseases that can be transmitted from animals to humans, such as: B. rabies, intestinal parasites, tuberculosis and all kinds of emerging viral diseases of animal origin. Therefore, this group of professionals is an essential part of the #OneHealth public health approach, which recognizes the interdependence between human health, animal health and environmental protection policies and states that all three areas must work together.
HappyVetProject believes that the work of veterinarians is not sufficiently recognized by society. Add to this the very long work shifts, the frustration of collective bargaining agreements and salary ranges that don’t match the arduous training and qualifications. The HappyVetProject supported by LIVISTO aims to support workers in this sector.
Original content from: LIVISTO, transmitted by news aktuell