The number of veterinary staff members who took their own lives last year reached an all-time high, according to the Animal Welfare League (AWL).

The AWL said the figure stood at 11,037.

The number was up from 10,000 a year earlier.

The figures come after the AWL reported last month that a record number of vets had committed suicide in 2016, with 2,926.

It said the rate of suicide is “staggering” and calls for the Government to do more to prevent it.

Dr Mark Williams, chief executive of the AWG, said there had been a dramatic increase in the number of people committing suicide due to the stress of caring for wild animals in Australia.

“There has been a sharp increase in suicides over the past three years and that is really worrying because this is a major issue,” he said.

Dr Williams said the AWGs work had been “overwhelming” to try and help people. “

We have to work together with our partners in the community to get the message out to people about the issues around suicide.”

Dr Williams said the AWGs work had been “overwhelming” to try and help people.

“People are being really honest and telling us what’s going on, they’re also telling us where they are in their lives,” he told ABC News.

“It is just the nature of what we do, we do a lot of work with people who don’t want to talk to us.”

The AWG said the suicide rate had also been rising over the last year, but it was not immediately clear if this was a trend.

Dr Williams says a number of animal welfare organisations have reported an increase in suicide over the years, including the Australian Veterinary Medical Association, the Australian Society of Veterinary Pathologists and the Australian Animal Welfare Association.

“The number of reported cases and incidents have been rising,” he explained.

“So what we need is more research into that and more research being done on the causes of these things.”

Dr Matthew Waugh, chief of veterinary pathology at the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, said it was important for vets to be aware of their mental health and what they could do to help.

“If people are feeling depressed, depressed, distressed or suicidal, it can be really distressing for them and it can have a significant impact on their quality of life,” he added.

“They need to know that it is something that they need to deal with.”

The number and rate of veterinary suicide has been reported to the AWN for a number, including last year.

Dr Waugh said the increase in numbers of vets taking their own life may have been caused by the Government’s efforts to close the loophole that allowed owners to buy animal welfare licences from third parties.

“That loophole is a really good one that we’ve been working on to really reduce the number and the number who can be in that position,” he concluded.

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