Violence in veterinary practices is a disturbing trend prompting increased efforts to secure facilities, establish policies and protocols, train team members, and counsel victims.

Since 2006, news outlets have reported dozens of violent crimes against veterinary professionals in their workplaces in the United States, ranging from simple assault to homicide, murder–suicide, and rape followed by murder. The offender may be a client, a stranger, a team member, or an outsider in a volatile relationship with a team member. Many of the reported incidents began with a grieving client’s extreme reaction to the death of a pet.

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