Kezi 9 news at six starts now.
Announcer says, "live local late breaking, this is kezi 9 news at 6" we start tonight with more on that disturbing new study from the u-s government --- showing an alarming suicide rate among veterinarians.
And it appears to be getting worse.
Good evening... i'm matt templeman and i'm chynna greene in for renee.
Kezi 9 news reporter emma jerome sat down with local veterinarians and brings light to these troubling new findings in tonight's top story.
Katie holland: "veterinarians have the difficulty of taking care of animals but also running a business and also having really big hearts because that's why they want to do this type of work" for most people... being a veterinarian sounds like a lot of fun.
What could be stressful about working with cute animals all day?
It turns out --- a lot.
Emma jerome: "2.1.
Male veterinarians are over 2 times more likely to commit suicide compared to the general population and for women it's even worse&.with a rate that's 3.5 higher than the national average" one factor is what's called "compassion fatigue."
Veterinarians can't help every animal... and they can euthanize up to five animals a day.
Lp: "we love everything.
We want to help everything and we can't" lisa poquette has been in this field for 25 years.
She's say the financial stress is also tough.
Lp: most of us are not getting rich&.
I probably make less than most of my clients... on average... veterinarians are leaving school nearly one hundred and fifty thousand dollars in debt and raking in about 88 thousand dollars a year to show for it both poquette and holland want this new study to bring light to encourage those in this field to prioritize their own mental health and well being kh: "practicing self care is really important."
They both say that at the end of the day they hope their clients can offer them the same understanding that they affer their very best friends every day... reporting in eugene...