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Managing pet loss grief and sadness
August 19, 2021There are techniques we can use within the practice to help prevent euthanasia and pet deaths from harming or causing long-term fatigue in clients and ourselves. One of those ways is by helping join pet owners in their grief without internalizing their trauma for ourselves. We need to remember we are not grieving for that pet in that moment, but instead we are empathizing with that owner’s sadness.
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Are you burned out?
August 5, 2021Many times, we lack the ability to set boundaries. We say yes every time we are asked to take on an additional shift, and managers answer every call or text received from the team (even when there is another manager working). We are taught working longer and harder is like a badge of honor and “martyrdom” is something to strive for. I am here to tell you it isn’t.
BluePearl,UT collaborate on field learning for veterinary social workers
August 28, 2019BluePearl and the University of Tennessee (UT) College of Veterinary Medicine are partnering up to train social workers for careers in specialty and emergency veterinary medicine. As part of UT’s Postgraduate Veterinary Social Work Certificate Program (VSWCP), students will gain hands-on experience in veterinary hospitals across the U.S., with a focus on four key areas: the link between human and animal violence; animal-related grief and bereavement; animal-assisted interactions; and compassion fatigue and conflict management. Students …
Are you protecting your passion for veterinary medicine?
January 5, 2018Compassion fatigue and burnout—everyone is talking about it. Try picking up any veterinary publication or attending any conference without seeing this subject appear at least once. There is a reason the subject is everywhere—it’s because they are real and our colleagues are suffering. I wish to continue the conversation based on recent experiences. We’ve all seen the stats and certainly agree they are alarming. I do not claim to be an expert in …