From the President
by Matt Peuser, DVM
Well it’s finally here, my final President’s letter. This year has been quite interesting from the beginning. I’ve enjoyed my time as president, getting to meet many of you and have discussions about all different kinds of topics. For my last letter I want to share a few things the board is working on for the end of this year into next.
First, our board is starting to work toward developing a counseling or therapy program for our members. Neither the KVMA nor the MVMA currently has any such program in place. As many of you know, veterinarians have a higher than average suicide rate. There have been two recent high-profile suicides among our colleagues in the past few months, most recently Sophia Yin. Hopefully over the coming months we will be better able to locally support our fellow veterinarians who are struggling. Our ideas about this program and its potential are in their infancy, so there will be more to come in the future. In the meantime, we’ve included some important links and hotlines at the bottom of this page if you - or someone you know - are in need of assistance. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to fellow veterinarians, or anyone on the KCVMA board. If you are in crisis, get help immediately. Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or dial 911.
Hospice Care for Pets
By: Jen Nigro
Veterinarians are asked to help ailing pets end their lives through euthanasia on a daily basis. But there is a growing trend toward expanding end-of-life care beyond that one procedure. Hospice and palliative care services are picking up momentum across the country as pet owners seek out ways to help their pets live a full and happy life right up to the moment of death.
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