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Managing the causes of work-related stress
  1. David Bartram

    David Bartram graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 1988 and has worked in the pharmaceutical industry for the past 18 years. He is also undertaking research at the School of Medicine, University of Southampton, into mental health and wellbeing in the UK veterinary profession.

  2. Garret Turley

    Garret Turley graduated from Cambridge in 1991. After nine years in a small animal practice, he moved to Pet Doctors where he is a director. He gained an MBA for a dissertation on the motivation of veterinary surgeons.


WORK-RELATED stress can affect individuals at any level within a practice, from director or partner through to recently graduated assistant. It can damage vets' health, their ability to treat cases effectively and communicate with clients appropriately, and, in turn, affects the finances of the business that keeps them in work. In this article, David Bartram and Garret Turley explain how practices can take steps to assess and manage risk factors for work-related stress. They suggest that everyone in the practice has a role in managing the causes of stress, and that each individual must accept that responsibility for themselves and their colleagues.

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