Burnout and compassion fatigue in the veterinary profession
A taboo subject and still a topic that we should talk more about, burnout and compassionfatigue in the veterinary profession are a reality.
And, moreover, one of the top reasons many leave this field.
Oftentimes, people working in a vet practice feel like they are not allowed to be fatigued, stressed (and that stresses them out even more), or to wish for some time off.
It’s time for things to change. Veterinary professionals give their absolute best for their patients’ health.
Being all there and always there can, sooner than later, be too much for so many of us.
But what is “BURNOUT”? 🤕
“Burnout is a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress. It occurs when you feel overwhelmed, emotionally drained, and unable to meet constant demands”
Melinda Smith, M.A., Jeanne Segal, Ph.D., Lawrence Robinson, and Robert Segal, M.A.
“It’s a low level, chronic clouding of caring and concern for others in your life – whether you work in or outside the home. Over time, your ability to feel and care for others becomes eroded through the overuse of your skills of compassion. You also might experience an emotional blunting – whereby you react to situations differently than one would normally expect.”
♦Reduced sense of personal accomplishment or meaning in work
♦Decreased interactions with others (isolation)
♦Depersonalization (symptoms disconnected from real causes)
If you are experiencing burnout and compassion fatigue, this should be a wake-up call. It is very important for team members who identify with such a description to address signs as soon as possible and deal with the problems accordingly.