Managing stress in veterinary students

J Vet Med Educ. Summer 2005;32(2):170-2. doi: 10.3138/jvme.32.2.170.


The process of obtaining a veterinary medical education creates a number of potential cognitive, emotional, physical, interpersonal, and developmental stressors for veterinary students. Although most universities offer stress management interventions for their students, these programs are often directed toward undergraduate students or non-veterinary graduate students, whose educational programs differ significantly from those of veterinary students. There is a need for specific stress management programs tailored to the needs of veterinary students. This article summarizes research drawn from the psychology, medical, and veterinary medical literature about the causes of stress that veterinary students experience. Interventions are discussed, and several Oregon State University (OSU) programs and liaisons are described. Stress management resources are suggested.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Curriculum
  • Education, Veterinary*
  • Faculty, Medical
  • Humans
  • Stress, Psychological / prevention & control*
  • Students / psychology*
  • Workload