Calls out in the middle of the night then straight into work the next day regardless, kicks from cows, not enough help in yards – is a vet’s lot a happy one? Or are many of them exhausted and in danger of burnout?

A survey by accounting firm HLB Sheehan Quinn carried out recently shows that almost 70% of vets cited a better work-life balance as their most important aspiration. The toxic mix of long working hours, staff shortages, rota issues and the usual business pressures of getting paid on time, were cited as factors contributing to stress and exhaustion.