When Caring Hurts: Compassion Fatigue Among Veterinary Professionals

compassion fatigueThe depth of love we feel for our animal friends is both astounding and understandable. Our pets fill our homes with joy, laughter, and an incredible bond unlike any other. So, it’s not unusual to feel grief and loss when we must say goodbye to a cherished pet.

For those whose lives are focused on caring for animals, the likelihood of being exposed to these feelings, as well as the day-to-day toll of taking care of terminally ill or sick pets, can be detrimental to well being. Compassion fatigue among veterinary professionals is common but often not discussed. Those on the frontlines of pet health care, such as shelter works, veterinarians and technicians, and caretakers for gravely ill pets, are all at risk of exhaustion and depression.

The team at Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital wants to explore ways to better cope with grief, loss, and other strong feelings in response to caring for pets. It’s our way of supporting those who understand this unique but common situation.

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