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Confronting some of the veterinary profession's deepest issues: depression, compassion fatigue, burnoutand a high suicide risk.
There are many factors that can erode well-being in the veterinary profession. Isolation, financial burdens, difficult client interactions, stigmas associated with seeking help, and a high exposure to death may all contribute to emotional and mental instability.
In this dvm360 Leadership Challenge, we offer evidence of the problem, stories of those who have overcome and resources that can help you or a loved one gain freedom from the burdens that weigh you down.
5 signs it's time to quit your job
Dr. Andy Roark lists out some of the top signs you've fallen out of love with your job. Special thanks to Breanne Sneddon, RVT.
It's something the entire veterinary profession needs to be aware of-that is, if it wants to protect its members from depression and a frighteningly high risk for suicide.
Understanding the signs, symptoms and causes of mental health issues may help to identify problems in yourself and your veterinary colleagues.
It may seem simple, but experts say wellness-physical and emotional-begins with basic fundamentals that will protect you when times get tough.
Four veterinarians share how they faced burnout and made veterinary medicine work for them.
Your advice from the 2015 dvm360 Job Satisfaction Survey.
Exclusive research from the dvm360 team shows what looks like a crisis of confidence, with veterinarians reporting more complaints and fewer joys. Still, it's clearly not all bad.
Complete results from a study showing a dip in veterinary happiness.
Not everyone can empathize with those who struggle, but the veterinary profession must address its inherent mental health risks.
Use this tool to assess your physical and mental well-being.
Need help with your burden-or know someone who does? Start with this list.
Comments on what you struggle with as veterinarians-and where you find hope and happiness as well.
This growing effort allows veterinary professionals to express themselves freely, without being judged, and encourages creativity and solidarity within the veterinary community
Long hours in the high-stress atmosphere of a veterinary clinic can contribute to disorders both physical and mental. Consultant Shawn McVey, MA, MSW-who happens to be a licensed psychotherapist-outlines possible manifestations of emotional distress in veterinary professionals.
A first look at the 2015 Veterinary Economics Career and Family Survey examines how veterinarians' personal choices correspond to overall happiness.
It's time to work on these issues to live happier lives.
Here's what veterinarians wish they had done differently, according to the 2015 Veterinary Economics Career and Family Survey.
Check out the 96 questions we asked of respondents.
Dive into the data from the 2015 Veterinary Economics Career and Family Survey to see the characteristics that correspond most with happiness-and unhappiness.
Use these 13 tips to take care of yourself so you're more prepared to take care of the pets in your care.
Check yourself with this quick list of symptoms. Then seek help.
Moods: They set the tone for practice success or failure. Here's how to hire, and hone, those moods for the better
When you give the veterinary profession all you've got, it can be exhausting if you don't feel like it's making a difference. I didn't realize the depths of what I was feeling until the symptoms hit.
When I turned 70 in 2011, people started asking me if I was going to retire. Now that I am 73, friends ask when I'm going to retire.
Diagnosing the source of your frustration at your veterinary practice can lead to the right treatment-and even a cure for what's ailing you.
Veterinary team members come clean with the data and facts about their feelings about their work-including why they might leave the profession.
Sometimes a good laugh can ease the burden of a busy day. And the Veterinary Humor page on Facebook does just that-gives a quick, funny look at the humor you can find in practice every day. Here's a quick Q&A with the creator of Veterinary Humor.
you're one of the 60% of Firstline readers who overall feel happy at work. In fact, 44% of you are happier than you were five years ago. But some of you are hurting-and it can be a very serious hurt. Here's a closer look.
Pressures of veterinary practice too much at times? Read these stories from colleagues who relate and then explore our resources to help.
Veterinary Medicine's Medical Editor Dr. Heather Lewellen shares her own story of compassion fatigue.
One veterinarian's struggle with the pressures of practice and life outside of practice, with some pointers to help you through your tough times.
Performing euthanasia has been implicated as a contributing factor to mood disorders and suicide among veterinarians. Is it really a factor?