Recently, Channel News Asia published a coverage about mental health issues affecting the local veterinary industry. It was the first time this important issue was brought to the general public.
You can read the article here: https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-vets-pets-depressed-suicidal-euthanasia-mental-health-10984626
Updated 2022: The CNA article originally published in 2018 has seen been deleted. But you can view a copy of the article here.
In 2020, James Cook University did a survey study on mental health issues affecting the local veterinary industry. The study was the first of its kind in Asia.
The study noted that in Singapore, veterinary professionals, in general, had between 4 – 9 times higher prevalence of depression, anxiety, and stress symptoms compared to human healthcare professionals.
Below you shall find the official statement of SVA:
Mental well-being among local veterinarians is an important issue and slowly gaining awareness in recent years. The organisation hopes to collaborate with local authorities and veterinarians in the near future to create more formal programs to support our veterinarians.
If you have any recommendations or suggestions to better support our local veterinarians, please reach out to us here: https://sva.org.sg/contact-us/