Dear Veterinarians, You Rock!

Veterinarians are some of the most amazing people I have ever met.  They often encompass similar qualities- they are compassionate, hard-working and incredibly selfless, especially when it comes to helping animals.  Veterinarians are subject to long hours, often sacrificing time with their own families to save furry members of another.   And far too often, veterinarians are underappreciated and not recognized for the great sacrifices they make as they each honor the oath they took as veterinarians.   With hospital owners, clients and veterinarians themselves being held to sometimes impossible standards, there is little emphasis and effort made towards their self-care, mental health and work-home balance.  This needs to change.   #notonemorevet

Dear Veterinarians,

I know that your responsibilities are oftentimes daunting, your healing efforts often met with swats and bites, and your days are long and sometimes difficult when you cannot help them all.  You are a rock star.  You may feel stinky and tired and beaten down- but you have touched more lives (4-legged AND 2-legged!) than you can count!  It truly is an incredible honor to work with you.  Thank you for being the heartbeat of this great industry so many of us work in.  You help make our world a safer, healthier and happier (not to mention way cuter) place to live. For all the late nights, the heartbreaks, the stress, and the tears that no one sees – I thank  you.  And while that may not mean much to you, I hope the thousands of animals you have helped- or will help in your lifetime- may provide you with the appreciation you so deserve.  For we all know, animals speak so much louder than us, even without words.  THANK YOU.

Did you know that 1 in 6 veterinarians has contemplated suicide?

Share some love today with a veterinarian in your life!

Are you having negative thoughts?  You are not alone!  Please check out these resources.  Our community needs you!

  1. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
    Available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.  There is always someone there waiting to talk to you.
  2. Not One More Vet (NOMV) Facebook Group
    Meet and chat with people that are facing similar problems, challenges and stresses.  This Veterinarian only group will give you an outlet to vent or discuss depressing cases, challenging cases, difficult team members, financial and debt concerns and more with people that understand.  You are not alone.  We are stronger together.
    Click on “Professional Development”, then “Wellness & Peer Assistance” for information, resources and support for burn-out, depression and suicidal thoughts.

You are important.  You are not alone.

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