Title: The Myth and Limits of Compassion Fatigue
Date: Sunday, June 18, 2017
Presenter: Dani McVety, DVM
Description: Veterinary medicine is one of the greatest professions. Sadly, it is can also be one of the most emotionally draining. We are automatically at ‘risk’ for compassion fatigue due to the nature of our job (high stress, long hours, long weeks, and most importantly, not enough funding), and our personality traits (perfectionists, high achievers, and highly compassionate). Knowing why you’re struggling is important, so it is not helpful to label every negative experience in the veterinary profession as 'compassion fatigue.' When I took an honest look at how I was feeling, I wasn’t running out of compassion. My fatigue stemmed from making ethical decisions within the boundaries of clients’ (often) illogical values or unreasonable budgets. I realized that is not 'compassion' fatigue; it’s 'ethical' fatigue.