Compassion Fatigue in Veterinary Medicine

compassion fatigueThose of us the in the veterinary industry are usually here because we love animals. As far as career choices go, there are many that offer better pay and hours, and far less physical labor and potentially risky situations. Any veterinary technician headed home at the end of a shift, with dog drool in her hair and cat fur on her scrubs, will tell you that she’s not in the job for the glamour.

While we share an undying love for our pet patients, working in a veterinary hospital can be an emotionally demanding career. Not every day is filled with successful treatment and happy endings. Sometimes caring too much can hurt, and compassion fatigue in veterinary medicine is a very real problem we deal with on a day to day basis.

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