Vet’s heartfelt plea to pet owners after three colleagues commit suicide – World News

One woman urges pet owners to be “kind and understanding” to their vet team when they treat their animal – they want the best for their pets

Woman claims'veterinary medicine is in crisis'
Woman claims ‘veterinary medicine is in crisis’

A veterinarian is left heartbroken after three of her colleagues committed suicide due to the stress of their job.

The woman urges pet owners to be “kind and understanding” with their vets, as most of them are struggling to “stay afloat.”

Speaking to Reddit, the vet claims “veterinary medicine is in a crisis” — and it doesn’t seem like it’s going to get any better anytime soon.

She said: “We do our best as a profession to help you and your pets. Veterinary technicians and the staff who support them are fighting a losing battle to help their patients.

“Each week I read one to three obituaries of colleagues who have committed suicide. Vets have a much higher than average suicide rate. Why is a complicated matter. Contrary to what most people expect, euthanasia isn’t really a hip listing.”

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She has seen many vets quit their jobs due to stress


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Explaining how the job impacts her team’s mental health, she says, “Home euthanasia and end-of-life care are less stressful, frustrating, and heartbreaking than practicing general or emergency medicine.”

“Every primary care physician and vet in the ER with even a few years of experience has experienced heartbreaking neglect and abuse,” she adds.

“We see avoidable and unavoidable tragedies grinding our souls. In addition, we are often held responsible for things beyond our control and endure verbal abuse and emotional blackmail from pet owners.

“A lot of clinics mix up their doctors and often double and triple book them to get everyone in.

“Obviously this makes for a worse experience for everyone as the vet and techs are pushed into the ground and pets and owners get a fraction of the time they should be given.

“It’s not out of greed, it’s just out of a desire to help.

“If someone says ‘My pet started feeling sick this morning, they need help,’ we don’t worry about the rest and just want to do what we can to help them get better.

“But being heavily overclocked five to six days a week (often on call if you’re in a rural area) where one mistake can kill a patient while you suffer constant moral injuries.”

In a bid to make a difference, the woman is urging owners to treat her veterinary team with “empathy and kindness” as they only want to help their pet.

She said: “I know it’s stressful and frustrating when your dog is sick but please give us the grace to do our best (we do, I promise).

“And please don’t blame the vet for pricing. We do not set the prices and have no control over them. We can’t work things out with you because we don’t have the authority.

“The overwhelming majority of veterinarians are employees. Even if I donate my skills and time to a procedure, I cannot donate those of my staff, OR, hospital equipment, or materials.”

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