(NBC News) – You may think working with cute animals would be the best job, but it may actually be bad for your mental health.
According to a new study from Bemidji State University and Cornell University, veterinarians or volunteer workers at animal shelters are at risk for depression, anxiety, and suicide.
The researchers say they may be dealing with guilt when they have euthanized animals that they care for.
Animal welfare agents may even carry a heavier burden because of dealing with animals who were victims of abuse.
The researchers say it is important for workers to focus on the big picture and realize that they are making a difference, including saving animals.