Journal article

Suicide in veterinarians and veterinary nurses in Australia: 2001-2012

AJ Milner, H Niven, K Page, AD LaMontagne

Australian Veterinary Journal | WILEY | Published : 2015

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Whether veterinarians have an elevated suicide rate compared with the general population is controversial. METHODS: Reported cases of suicide among veterinarians and veterinary nurses in Australia over the period 2001 to 2012 were investigated in a retrospective case-series study. RESULTS: The standardised mortality ratio of veterinarians (n = 18) was 1.92 (95% CI 1.14-3.03) and that of veterinary nurses (n = 7) to the general population was 1.24 (95% CI 0.80-1.85). Overdosing on drugs (pentobarbitone) was the main method of suicide in these occupations. CONCLUSION: The reasons for veterinary suicides are likely to be multifactorial, including work- and life-related stressors, an..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)


Awarded by Victorian Health Promotion Foundation, Melbourne


Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) through both project (grant #375196) and post-doctoral research fellow (to AM) support (NHMRC Capacity-Building grant #546248), and was supported by Centre grant funding (#2010-0509/1) from the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation, Melbourne.