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Sophia Yin, Veterinarian and Behaviorist, Dies at 48

Discussion in 'Pre-Veterinary' started by WhtsThFrequency, Sep 30, 2014.

  1. WhtsThFrequency

    WhtsThFrequency Veterinarian 10+ Year Member

    Jan 18, 2006
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  3. WillowLeaf

    WillowLeaf 2+ Year Member

    Sep 10, 2013
    I heard about this today. That's so sad. She was an amazing person, and helped a lot of people and animals with her work. I hope she's in a better place and at peace now.
  4. allieh8607

    allieh8607 RUSVM c/o 2017 5+ Year Member

    Jun 25, 2012
    So incredibly sad and heartbreaking. My clinic back home used her books like they were the bible. Definitely a sobering reminder that mental health awareness in our profession is absolutely necessary.
  5. dirtanddog

    dirtanddog Penn c/o 2019 2+ Year Member

    Sep 22, 2014
    Fithadelphia, PA
    She was one of my heroes :( Such a loss for the community
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  6. Kpowell14

    Kpowell14 Mizzou c/o 2017 5+ Year Member

    Aug 18, 2012
    Things like this keep happening and it is so terribly sad. What can we do as a profession to raise awareness and help those battling mental Illness?
  7. MysteryCat

    MysteryCat 2+ Year Member

    I'm wondering the same thing. As someone who struggles with mental illness myself (major depression, anxiety and OCD), this is a real issue with the veterinary field. Something really needs to be done. I think that it needs to start with general public education. The stigmatized view that most people have of these sorts of problems makes them that much harder for people going through depression, etc. Of course these things happen to people of all lifestyles, but the sheer number of veterinarians that I hear about with mental health problems is terrifying.
    This news is so sad. T&Ps to her family and friends.
  8. pinkpuppy9

    pinkpuppy9 Illinois c/o 2019 2+ Year Member

    Oct 20, 2013
    Oh wow...I didn't realize is was suicide. May her soul be at rest. What a tragic loss.
  9. Country_roads

    Country_roads MS 2015, DVM/PhD 2019 2+ Year Member

    Jul 17, 2014
    This is such a huge loss to the science community. She brought so much to the field of animal behavior, and her seminars were amazing. She was such a bright spark and was able to light up any room. My heart breaks for her friends and family, her colleagues and for our community. However, I am so thankful for what she gave to behavior science. Not only did she improve current veterinary medicine in the clinical setting, but she gave us an invaluable foundation on which to base our further research.

    She will be missed.

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