Study: Veterinary staff the world over share your stress


When you’re struggling, it helps to know you’re not alone.

And as much as your hospital staff has struggled with the challenge of practicing good veterinary medicine during a worldwide pandemic, veterinary staff around the world have been struggling with many of the same issues.

That’s among the findings of a new survey on ethically challenging situations (ECSs) faced by veterinary staff around the world during COVID.

Researchers from the University of Sydney in Australia developed the online, mixed-methods survey to determine the frequency, stressfulness, and types of ECSs experienced by veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and other veterinary staff since the advent of the global COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020.

The authors write, “The COVID-19 pandemic has been described as a ‘creeping crisis,’ with undefined endpoints, no clear path to exit from restrictions, and potential to ‘change shape along the way,’ causing challenges that are much harder to manage than those generated by acute crises that are more sharply delineated in time. It is likely, therefore, that veterinary team members may experience different and perhaps even totally unique ECSs, associated with varying degrees of stress, at different time points in the pandemic.” Read more…