Recategorizing Compassion Fatigue

June 8, 2017

Dani McVety, DVM, co-founder of Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice, says compassion fatigue needs to be taken very seriously in the veterinary profession, but that veterinarians should recategorize what they're going through to make sure they're taking care of the issue correctly.

Literature surrounding compassion fatigue lables it as something that occurs when you've been in the position of caring so much that you run the risk of not being able to care at all. Dani McVety, DVM, co-founder of Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice, says compassion fatigue needs to be taken very seriously in the veterinary profession, but that veterinarians should recategorize what they're going through to make sure they're taking care of the issue correctly.

Compassion fatigue is a documented condition that requires therapy or sometimes even medication. By having veterinarians take a hard look at what they're going through and why they're going through it, these treatments may not be neccessary to help with what they're experiencing.