Helping a Veterinary Colleague at Risk for Suicide
CDC researchers say that the increased risk of veterinarians in the U.S. to commit suicide is a trend that has spanned more than three decades. How can we help those who are struggling?
New Year, New Mindset
As a veterinarian, your body takes a huge hit with the daily demands of the profession. Here’s how to begin each day with an energizing, positive routine.
CDC: Veterinarians at Higher Risk for Suicide
Veterinarians are at higher risk for suicide, according to a new study by the CDC. Female veterinarians are at particularly high risk.
“Mindfulness” has become a “buzz” word lately and with good reason; however, what we call mindfulness has been around for thousands of years. The practice of mindfulness involves intentionally being fully present in each moment with kindness, nonjudgmentally and without striving for things to be any different than they are. It provides a way to …
Finding Balance: Overcoming the State of Overwhelm
As veterinary professionals, we are wanted and needed. Here’s how to avoid being overwhelmed by daily demands.
Finding Balance: Stress Management
For most veterinary professionals, a day in the trenches may include: multiple heartbreaking euthanasia procedures, an owner who won’t consent to treatment, completing endless SOAPs, long hours with no breaks, losing a patient under anesthesia and having to call the owner, disagreements with coworkers, physical and emotional exhaustion, no work-life balance and financial burdens. The fact is that what we do each day results in some incredible highs and, at times, some crazy lows. The stress our career can sometimes bring upon our daily lives can feel crushing.
Editor’s Note Grief: The Secret Among Us?
Simon R. Platt , BVM&S, MRCVS, DACVIM (Neurology) & DECVN University of Georgia “Though nothing can bring back the hour of splendour in the grass, of glory in the flower, we will grieve not, rather find strength in what remains behind.” William Wordsworth Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood As veterinarians, we deal …
Editor’s Note: Life Without Hope
Nearly 20% of the veterinary profession—3 times the U.S. national average—has considered suicide since leaving veterinary school.
Veterinary Viewpoint: Suicide in the Veterinary Profession
The high risk of suicide among veterinarians is a perfect storm of two factors—compassion fatigue and an acquired capability for self-harm—further compounded by the unique professional experiences of veterinarians.