3 must-reads on setting boundaries at your veterinary practice

March 12, 2021
dvm360 Staff

Setting boundaries is crucial to self-care, but many veterinary professionals have a hard time saying "no." Learn how to advocate for yourself and set boundaries at your practice.

In a space filled with endless compassion and care for your patients, clients, and colleagues, many veterinary professionals struggle to say "no." The problem? If you don't assert your boundaries, you will end up on the short end of the stick, exacerbating negative feelings and contributing to professional dissatisfaction—or worse.

The following 3 articles highlight the different types of boundaries, how asserting boundaries can lead to a more purposeful life, and how to create boundaries for yourself that really stick.

  1. Self-care: Why boundaries matter, plus how to assert them at your veterinary clinic: Setting boundaries creates a healthy workspace for everyone. Learn more about 2 primary types of boundaries, plus how to assert boundaries at your practice.
  2. Commentary: Veterinarians need better boundaries: A veterinarian explains how and why to set boundaries with clients—no easy feat in a field where you are trained to put emotions aside to assess and act.
  3. Diagnosis? Resentment. Rx? Healthy boundaries: Setting boundaries isn't an intrinsic trait—it's learned. If you're a "yes" person in veterinary medicine and battling feelings of resentment, anger, frustration, or burnout, then make sure you take the proper steps to create a healthier culture and workspace.

If you have advice for setting boundaries in your professional life, let us know! Email dvm360@mjhassoc.com.