The large size 2015 survey of vet students and graduates by the British Veterinary Association and Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons sheds light on the degrees of dissatisfaction. Despite their considerable financial, emotional, and intellectual investment, 10% of vet graduates leave the career every year. Over fifty percent consider a change of job. Only 46% say they would choose to vet as a career again.
Many suffer significant anxiety, depression, doubt, and tragically in some cases, suicide. Much has been written about the potential factors behind this. A lot of analysis factors to the “types” of people who are recruited into vet college (over-achieving perfectionists). But the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeon’s code to carry out places the onus on vets to “take reasonable steps to handle undesirable physical or mental health” issues. Certainly, the battle to manage the organic problems that include being a vet relates to specific characteristics or “private troubles”.
But these are too pervasive not to be treated as public issues. Our three-year research regarding 75 interviews and numerous observations of equine, small, and large animal vets, shows that these nagging problems cannot be resolved through specific resilience and coping mechanisms alone. Rather, there are wider issues at play, starting with training. That is shown by the fact that just 34% of vets that had graduated five or even more years back, think their level had ready them very well.
In our interviews, we found that people’s insecurities and anxieties get tangled up with extremely high expectations of the perfect personal and their experience, that are embedded within the culture of the occupation. Vets, and their clients, have a tendency to attach themselves for an unrealistic world view of logical science and medication as a panacea for any ills.
Based on the certainty, predictability and control, these ideals may be partially understood by the way technological knowledge is portrayed in the media and taught in universities – as simply “objective”, with an obvious separation between right and incorrect answers. Despite tries to broaden their curriculum, veterinary schools reinforce this attachment to research with a heavy focus on clinical skills. Expertise gets seen generally as a technical fulfillment. One consequence of this is to encourage vets to accept impossible demands placed in it, by their practice, clients, the media (such as programs about “super vets”) and their own idealism.
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While the allure and comfort attracted from faith in medical and objective knowledge is understandable, it generates an illusion of control that is contradicted used regularly. When the social people we spoke to experienced the inevitable uncertainty and failure that are included with practicing medicine, many were shocked and struggled to reconcile these contradictions. The limitations of science – particularly with regards to certainty and predictability – have a tendency to go unacknowledged in veterinary practice. This leaves many vets pained by the incident of what they see as failures.
Rather than acknowledging the restrictions of medicine that can never completely deliver on its promise, vets shall have a tendency to blame themselves. Obviously, we aren’t suggesting that vets do not make mistakes or shouldn’t be worried about them. But this inclination to translate anything that has not gone to plan to their own incompetence, creates a couple of circumstances that are ripe for constant rumination, doubt, and possibly destructive narratives of self-blame. In considering whether practice makes vets perfect, some found out that their anxieties reduced with experience. Others did not. Many outside our research will curently have left the profession credited to issues such as an insufficient support and confidence.