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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:
SOME USEFUL RESOURCES
Provided by Enid:
- Notes about Compassion Fatigue
- Checking Your Basic Needs at Work
- Compassion Fatigue assessment
- Compassion Satisfaction and Fatigue Test
- Life Stress Test
- Professional Quality of Life Scale Selfscore
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.
[This podcast is closely aligned with the MedEdLIFE Research Collaborative's Quality Checklist for Podcasts.]
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.