(ABC News, Australia) Australia’s veterinarian shortage has been “particularly tough” in the past 12 months, according to an employment expert who blames stress, financial pressure, long hours, along with abuse and “emotional blackmail” from pet owners for the problem.

Vets are also four times more likely to take their own life than others, which is double the suicide rate of doctors, pharmacists, dentists and nurses.

The Animal Emergency Centre (AEC) in Noosaville, on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, was forced to close for 12 hours on Sunday as no one could fill a shift.

An AEC spokesperson said it was “very rare” for an emergency centre to have to close because of staff availability, but it was the second time in a

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