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Dealing with grief in veterinary practice, staff matter too

 | It is becoming more widely recognised that individuals from a range of caring professions can be impacted by grief associated with work. How this grief is experienced can vary according to a range of factors such as individual aspirations, past experiences, professional identity and degree of personal investment in a case. Factors more specific to the veterinary profession include unique ethical challenges and frequent death of animal patients.   However, this grief is often hidden and disenfranchised resulting in the development of unhealthy coping strategies, reduced work performance and high staff turnover. When emotions associated with grief are supressed they can unexpectedly resurface later contributing to psychological distress, compassion fatigue and burnout. A lack of training and stigma associated with seeking support for managing emotions has been raised as an area of concern within the veterinary profession. This presentation will propose and discuss both individual and organisational level strategies developed in other caring professions which are applicable for veterinary businesses.


#VetFest 2020
VetFest 2020
#VetFest 2020