The High Cost of Compassion

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), about 62% of the 113,394 veterinarians in the United States are women. About 60% of these women physicians are in private practice, many serving companions such as dogs, cats and other animals in the home environment. The significant impact of these women is a testimonial not only to their medical skills but also their compassion. There is, however, a steep price that’s being paid by this group of dedicated health professionals – high rates of suicide.

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