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WSAVA committee explores veterinary well-being

Survey results being presented at the WSAVA World Congress are seen as an “important first step.”

WSAVA committee explores veterinary well-being

Preliminary results of a study into the well-being of veterinary professionals will be unveiled July 17 during the World Small Animal Veterinary Association’s World Congress.

Nienke Endenburg, Ph.D., co-chair of WSAVA’s Professional Wellness Group, will release the findings, which are based on a 4,000-person online survey.

“Veterinarians care for our animal companions, but the question is, who is caring for them?” Dr. Endenburg said. “As a global community, we wanted to gain a clear understanding of the challenges to their well-being … and to find out both what they have in common and where their experience differs.

“The results of our research … will be an important first step towards bringing about positive change and enhancing the well-being of veterinarians globally.”

Dr. Endenburg’s presentation will be followed by a panel discussion. Among the panelists will be Jen Brandt, Ph.D., director of member wellness and diversity initiatives at the American Veterinary Medical Association.

The World Congress will take place from July 16 to 19 in Toronto, Canada.

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