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Combating Compassion Fatigue?

by Lori Hehn - July 15, 2015 at 9:28 AM

We have heard a lot about compassion fatigue in the last year when it comes to the veterinary community. It is a very important topic to address if you work in the veterinary field.

What does Compassion Fatigue really mean? There are many definitions to what this means. In applying it to veterinary medicine, this is what it means for me.

Compassion fatigue is the exhaustion and burn-out that you can feel after repeated unfortunate situations which cause you stress and in which you feel responsible about an animal’s well being.

Compassion Fatigue is something that most often affects caregivers. In our case, it centers around the constant care and attention that we give to animals. As we all know, being a veterinarian or veterinary technician does not always involve caring for cute and healthy puppies and kittens. We are faced with challenging cases day in and day out, sometimes encompassing traumas, death, or neglected animals. This starts to take a toll on those with a tender heart.

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