The trauma phenomenon in veterinary medicine: A dvm360 leadership challenge
Do the professions biggest problems stem from stress?
In recent years, the veterinary profession has focused on things like compassion fatigue, burnout, even suicide-but, as our experts argue in this package, these things are actually linked to the end stage of unresolved traumatic stress. Traumatic stress precedes all of these conditions so commonly found in veterinary medicine.
The dvm360 team believes that shining a light on the effects of trauma can affect the personal health of veterinary professionals, the health of veterinary practices and the strength of veterinary teams. Read on for our coverage.
Traumatic stress flows freely through the veterinary profession, but most veterinarians aren't practicing with an active awareness of this fact. And how can we solve a problem without understanding it? Simple answer: We can't.
Here's an overview of what psychology experts say constitutes trauma, plus some examples that place these definitions firmly in the world of veterinary professionals.
Veterinary professionals: Once you understand how and why trauma affects the body, you can reverse its negative effects. Read on to learn how your brain and body change in response to traumatic stress.
In veterinary medicine, there exists a culture of shame surrounding surgical error. Here, one DVM shares her experience with mental and emotional trauma during surgery and offers 7 steps to help veterinarians rewire their brains after a traumatic event in practice.
What might coping with stressors in veterinary medicine look like if we allowed our physical response to trauma to take its course rather than suppressing it?
Rising above adversity in the middle of a stressful day in the veterinary clinic is not easy. Yet there are key factors in becoming more resilient, and it's not nearly as impossible as you'd think.