Veterinarians asked to complete drug testing survey

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Veterinarians in clinical practice are invited to complete a short survey about drug abuse, theft, and recovery resources in the workplace. Dr. Jon Geller, an emergency care veterinarian at Fort Collins Veterinary Emergency & Rehabilitation Hospital in Colorado, led development of the short online survey to gather data specific to drug testing in veterinary practices. The survey was developed in conjunction with Lori Kogan, PhD, an associate professor and outcomes assessment coordinator at the Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences.

The researchers see drug abuse as a potential contributing factor to depression and suicide in the profession. Dr. Geller, a diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, suspects that drug testing of veterinarians and other practice staff is much less common than it is among U.S. businesses overall, despite the stressors unique to veterinary practice and the access to controlled substances.

Intended for veterinarians, the 10-question survey is posted here. Respondents should complete it just once, even though links are posted on other veterinary websites.

Each respondent’s input will be available only to Dr. Geller via a secure email log-in.

He will share the results July 13 at the AVMA Annual Convention in Boston as part of his presentation “Drug Testing in the Veterinary Workplace: It’s Time for a Conversation.” The interactive session will focus on the ethics of mandating employee drug testing and video surveillance, and providing recovery support.