The Concern; High Turnover, Part I

Turnover is nearly DOUBLED within the veterinary community.

Turnover is nearly DOUBLED within the veterinary community, higher than other industries.

How can I, in one Blog, speak about passionate careers within the veterinary community, and in the next, write about high turnover? Welcome to the veterinary community’s largest challenge.

Over the past decade I have seen, researched, and taken a serious interest in both turnover and careers. This is what I have discovered, in a nutshell; 1. veterinary hospitals are under managed, 2. low salaries need to be scrutinized along with supply and demand and 3. compassion fatigue is under-diagnosed and misunderstood.

Let’s take a deeper look at two of these three topics, under managed and low wages. Compassion fatigue requires its own Blog post (Part II, a bit of a cliff-hanger). Continue reading

Passion-Filled Career in Veterinary Medicine

Consider taking a leap of faith. Consider taking a calculated risk and achieving your goal.

You, too, can wake up every morning excited to get to your job, to work with team members, clients and care for pets and animals. Simply ask yourself,” What do I desire and what brings me joy?”

Tough questions, I know. At times, I feel overwhelmed by projects and deadlines, however I wake up each morning raring to GO! Seriously, after 25 years working in the veterinary community, I am more “charged,” now, than ever before! Continue reading

The cost of Veterinary Medicine

Why are Vets so Expensive? LONG blog read and well worth your time!  Dr. Marie hits the hammer on the head! She touches on so many topics affecting pet owners, veterinarians and the veterinary team. You will see the connection to the true cost of veterinary medicine for the pet owner and the fatiguing affects on the veterinary team.

Sometimes I hate my job.  Well, that’s not true.  I almost always love my job.  But what I hate is that everything I do costs people money.  Multiple times per day, I am helping people make decisions for their pets based on how much they can afford.

We also have salaries to pay.  The staff at veterinary clinics are, in my opinion, usually severely underpaid for the quality of work that they do.  A veterinary technician is an extremely skilled individual, able to place a catheter, draw blood, do a dental cleaning, counsel clients and multi-task animal care all day long.  According to a Technician generally gets paid between $10 and $12 per hour, writes Dr. Marie.

Know, that as a member of the veterinary team, some days will be harder than others. Most days you will go home exhausted and reflect on a rewarding day of offering the best care possible. Please TEND TO YOURSELF! The burn-out in veterinary medicine is high and Compassion Fatigue is REAL.

Here are a couple links that may help you TEND TO YOURSELF, balance and rejuvenate!

AAHA’s What is Compassion Fatigue? By Jan Thomas

For many, compassion fatigue is an ambiguous term that means something like that gross, angry, burned out, exhausted feeling you get after too many hard days, too many difficult clients, too many unwinnable cases and too many euthanasias. But misunderstanding the diagnosis — and make no mistake, compassion fatigue is a serious issue with health-related consequences — may be one of the reasons this potentially debilitating condition is becoming increasingly prevalent in the animal medical profession.

Compassion Fatigue and Burnout by Katherine Dobbs, CVPM, PHR, RVT

In contrast, compassion fatigue is about the work we DO, rather than WHERE we work. If you stay in a care giving profession, compassion fatigue will follow with you. This is one of the many reasons why it’s necessary to heal compassion fatigue, in order to prevent attrition from the veterinary profession.

Here’s to a long, healthy career in veterinary medicine!

Stay healthy, RR