A study by researchers with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Auburn University published last month in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association found that from 2003 to 2014, male veterinarians died of suicide at a rate 1.6 times higher than the U.S. average. For female vets, the situation is worse yet: 2.4 times higher. Another study published earlier this year found that suicide rates among veterinarians were even higher.
Overall, suicide rates among men are higher than those among women. Not so with veterinarians. Nearly 62% of veterinarians are women, and that share is expected to rise, given high female enrollments in veterinary schools.
The CDC-Auburn study suggested that one reason for the high suicide rates is that veterinarians have ready access to drugs that can be deadly in excess....
Could being in a profession involving the frequent humane euthanasia of animals be a contributing factor for suicide in those who see human beings not as being made in the image of God but as being merely higher animals themselves.
Tragic addiction story: Georgian Dr. John Pemberton suffered from a saber wound at the Battle of Columbus in 1865. He took morphine to relieve the pain but realized the danger of addiction to it, so he tried to formulate a non-addictive alternative. Sadly, after selling the formula to Asa Candler for $1750, he died and Candler made a fortune in the Coca-Cola Company.