Emotional Well-being in Veterinary Practice

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In this episode of the podcast I am joined by Enid Traisman M.S.W., CT, CFS to discuss issues around emotional well-being in veterinary practice. Enid is the Director of Pet Loss Support Services at Dove Lewis, a non-profit emergency animal hospital in Portland, Oregon in the USA.

Topics that we discuss in this episode include the following; where appropriate we talk about prevention, recognition and coping strategies:

  • Pet loss grief
  • When veterinary staff have to deal with loss of their own companion animals
  • Compassion fatigue and burnout
  • Workplace stress and emotional challenges of the veterinary profession

During the episode Enid mentions creating a memorial table at work when a staff member loses a pet. Here are a couple of examples of beautiful memorial tables created by Enid:


You can also find Enid’s overview of the pet memorial table concept here.



Provided by Enid:


Vetlife (UK)
Intensive Care for Intensivists
Managing Exposure: A Grounded Theory of Burnout and Resilience in Critical Care Nurses

Find contact details for Enid here at the Dove Lewis website.

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I mention my Small Animal Emergency Medicine App for iPhone/iPad in this episode which you can find HERE. An Android version is in development.

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