October 20th
Compassion Fatigue

As you probably already know, October is Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) Month, but you may not be aware of just how challenging this line of work can be. Our own RVT, Stacy Murphy, would like to share an important message about compassion fatigue and burnout, especially during these uncertain times. 

Compassion fatigue and burnout are problems in many of the caring professions, but the veterinary industry has long been an area of concern due to the particularly high rate of RVTs leaving the field due entirely due to these issues. 

October is RVT month, so I thought I would take a moment to highlight this issue and remind both RVTs – and anyone who needs to hear it – that it is important to take time for self-care both in our everyday lives, and in these very uncertain times.  Remember – you can’t pour from an empty cup.  We need to take time to prioritize and replenish ourselves, in order to help others.

If you have a few minutes, I invite you to read an interesting article by Dr. Andy Roark called "Stress Almost Drove Me Out Of Vet Medicine."

 

If you are an RVT looking for peer support, I invite you to join our partner, the Bello Project, for their Virtual RVT Open Support Forum, which runs monthly.  The next session is on October 21st, but you can also be added to the list for future dates.

 

 

 By: Stacy Murphy, Registered Veterinary Technician