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