Compassion fatigue translates to cumulative stress and can cause a variety of symptoms, but we can develop coping strategies.
As veterinary professionals, we work in the only medical field where we see our patients from womb to tomb. Over time, a close bond is created with both clients and patients, allowing us to embrace their joys and sorrows.
Veterinarians are also the only doctors who have the privilege of legally performing euthanasia when they can no longer prevent their patients’ suffering. Although we are fortunate to be able to provide euthanasia, it is our most difficult task and may bring heaviness to our souls. As veterinary healthcare team members, we must continue to support the veterinarian, patient, and client through this process.