The purpose of the Jeffrey Bear Foundation is to memorialize Steven "Jeffrey Bear'" Godbey, Jr., DVM by continuing his legacy in the Leon County community: providing charitable support to causes consistent
with his values. In addition, because of the sad circumstances of his passing, we work to support efforts to educate the community about the pandemic of suicide among veterinary staff and support suicide prevention resources for veterinary staff.
Dr. Will McCauley had just finished his shift at a small Dallas animal clinic when he went home, fed his pet pot-bellied pig and then held a loaded handgun to his head.
The 33-year-old veterinarian was wracked with student debt and worn down by the daily demands at work, which included euthanizing dogs and cats and being vilified by pet owners for not meeting their expectations. “I was tired in this miserable state of mind,” he says. “It just drained me so much.” For reasons he attributes to either fear or hope, McCauley didn’t kill himself that summer day in 2016, and he quit his job later that week and stopped practicing.