The veterinary profession is changing. Family and social structures are vastly different than they once were.2,3 With technology, internet, and social media on the rise, access to options and information has grown exponentially for pet owners, leading to changes in expectations for health, communication, and resources. Personal values, financial needs, and the practice of veterinary medicine itself also differ greatly for veterinary professionals. The veterinary industry has historically struggled with emotional and mental health4; suicide is now a major concern in the profession, and efforts to address this are underway.
What has worked for veterinary practices in the past may not work in the future with the changing needs of veterinarians and staff. Practices that seek to focus on the physical, mental, and financial health of its employees demonstrate a commitment to help maintain the work–life balance that is needed in the veterinary community.