5-Minute Wellness Quick Start for Veterinary Workplaces
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.