Many veterinarians and veterinary teams, when hearing the term “wellness,” may first think about the wellness of their patients. Many do not think about their own wellness – physical, mental, and/or spiritual health within the context of the veterinary workplace.
For decades, studies have detailed that veterinarians and their teams are “at risk” for burnout, depression, psychological distress, substance abuse, and suicide ideation. Many veterinarians and team members show a progression from idealistic enthusiasm to a gradual loss of energy and commitment. Fatigue, frustration, and mental anguish may lead to incompetence, helplessness, and hopelessness. This can lead to a toxic team environment and may shorten a career.
This video highlights some of what we know statistically about the mental health of our profession. You, your associates, your colleagues, your veterinary team, are at risk.
You can implement positive changes within your veterinary workplace to improve your team’s well-being. Positive emotions, responsive communication, and a focus on wellness can reduce the risk.
What is “at risk” is precious to many. This is a call to action. Five minutes will begin your countdown to wellness. Take the first step, and watch this video with your team today.
Raising awareness is the first step toward building a culture of wellness among your team. As with any business investment, integrating wellness activities into the workplace will require a commitment of time, money and/or resources. A small investment can have great returns when you consider the return on value. A commitment to team wellness will have a positive impact on your organization and the bottom line.