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Stress ,depression and burnout are the three predominant mental health conditions affecting veterinarians. They are all related stress being a precursor for depression and is the cause of burnout. All three conditions can be viewed positively as a call for personal change. A characteristic of these is withdrawal from social contact both within the workplace and socially. Burnout is the direct result of unrelieved workplace stress and the affected individual perceives less personal reward at work performance and productivity decreases increasing the workload of others contributing to another case of burnout in that workplace. Burnout is infectious in the workplace.

Research, recently reported has demonstrated that the two models of workplace stress, effort/reward imbalance and job demand/control  theory are significant causes of depression. Added to this scenario a perception that life’s goals and expectations will not be met creates the ideal situation for the development of depression.