From the President
by Christi Belew, DVM
Spring is just around the corner and with that comes an annual renewal. The trees bud, flowers bloom and new leaves develop. Animals emerge from hibernation. The sun shines, the snow melts. This process always fascinates and inspires me, and it gives us all a reminder that we need renewal as well, as we shuck off the cold and dreariness of winter and embrace the sunshine of spring. For those struggling with depression or other mental health disorders, this transition can be difficult.
Like many of our feline patients, we veterinarians are good at hiding our pain or distress. In my last letter, I challenged all of you to join me in my New Year’s resolution to improve our work-life balance. So how are you doing so far? It can be difficult, I know, juggling compassion fatigue, long lonely hours trying to run a clinic and the pressures associated with our jobs in general. These things all contribute to a higher than normal suicide rate for our profession. In light of this trend, we should actively work to bring mental health to the forefront and help our fellow colleagues who may be struggling.
Under Pressure: Preventing and Treating Compassion Fatigue Among Veterinarians
By: Jen Nigro
Compassion fatigue is a common problem among helping professions. Doctors, nurses, therapists, EMS workers, and yes, veterinarians, can all grow weary of the energy and emotion necessary to do their jobs every day. But concern is growing quickly over the impact of compassion fatigue among veterinarians, especially after the suicides of two high-profile veterinarians: Dr. Shirley Koshi last February, and Dr. Sophia Yin in September.
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