Leading the way in reducing suicide in the veterinary profession
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how you can help
As a pet owner, it is normal to feel stressed-out when something happens to your beloved pet. However, please be mindful that while you are one person dealing with your stress, for the veterinary staff at your local veterinary clinic, you are one of many clients they see each day.
When you arrive at your consultation, please bear in mind that your vet may have just had to perform life-saving or emergency treatment to another pet, or even worse, may have just had to euthanaise someone's beloved furbaby. This can result in them running behind schedule, but also, leaving them little time to absorb and process what has happened in their prior consults. Alternatively, the client/s after you may be bringing in their beloved furbaby for the last time, which the veterinary staff also have to be prepared for. Most veterinary professionals have a love of animals, and join the industry as they have a genuine desire to look after animals and help them to have a quality of life. When they have to deal with these unpleasant aspects of their jobs it is hard enough - let alone having to deal with cranky customers, or those who have unrealistic expectations. If you'd like some tips for dealing with the stress of taking your pet to the vet, check out this article with Royal Canin.
While veterinarians certainly do perform what many of us would consider to be 'miracles', and most will do whatever they can to ensure the healthy and safety of animals, they simply cannot magically cure or 'fix' every single animal. Being mindful of this will certainly go a long way in reducing some of the stress the veterinary staff are faced with each day.
Despite popular belief, veterinarians do not make a lot of money. Sure, treatment can be expensive, but in the majority of cases when you break-down the costs of treatment they certainly are not unreasonable. The other thing to remember is that while here in Australia we have Medicare to cover much of our medical care, unfortunately we don't have the luxury of "Peticare" for our pets - therefore we notice every cent spent on their treatment. Imagine how much it would cost humans if we had to pay for every hospital visit and/or treatment we had! (Please remember - the veterinary clinic has to purchase supplies and equipment to treat our pets, which can often cost tens-of-thousands of dollars.) If you would like to read more on this, please read our blog "Oh Good - Let's Talk About Money".
These are just some of the factors that contribute to veterinarians feeling stressed, anxious, depressed, burnt-out, and suicidal. Without our veterinary professionals, our animals have little hope of living healthy, and quality, lives. If you would like to read more or look at other ways you can provide support, please visit our resources page for some more ideas!
So the next time you are at the vets - please be sure to say "thank you" to the staff, and genuinely acknowledge the amazing work they do for our beautiful pets. Please remain courteous and refrain from yelling, being abusive, and being unrealistic. These simple steps can certainly go a long way!
And remember - if you love your pet, be sure to love your vet!!