To establish the well-being and mental health of veterinarians in the US, Kynetec joined forces with Merck Animal Health, Brakke Consulting, and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).
To assess mental health, the study employed the Kessler Psychological Distress Scale, which helped identify veterinarians suffering from serious psychological distress. Furthermore, a customized index based on three widely recognized measures was developed to evaluate wellbeing.
Kynetec played a pivotal role in the study by providing consultation on survey design, data collection, and summarization. The online survey, completed by 3,540 veterinarians, boasted one of the largest samples of US veterinarians in a survey of this nature. Participants were randomly selected, and the data were weighted based on age, gender, and region.
One of the key findings from the study found that approximately 1 in 20 veterinarians suffered from psychological distress, which is consistent with the general population. However, the research highlighted that veterinarians, aged 45 and younger, carried a heavier burden of financial and emotional stress related to their professional veterinary careers. Among those reporting emotional distress, depression (94%), burnout (88%), and anxiety (83%) were the most frequently cited issues. The study also identified high student debt as a major driver of psychological distress. Only half of veterinarians experiencing serious psychological distress said they sought help.