Stress, Compassion Fatigue and Burnout Handling in Veterinary (e-book) Practice

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There is a need to publicize the syndromes occurring in veterinary personnel due to work-related stress. Vets are apathetic or leaving the profession. It is vital for their emotional health that they know about these syndromes and the importance of seeking help early on. The up-to-date compilation of studies gives a clinical and human vision of these challenges based on the authors’ experience.

1. Introduction to work-related stress syndromes and how they arise in the veterinary sector2. How these syndromes affect the company and personnel Psychosocial factors Company-specific characteristics that affect worker stress Psychosocial consequences of monotonous work Indicators of work-related stress in the company Wellbeing at work and self-efficacy3. Understanding stress, burnout, and compassion fatigue in the veterinary profession What is stress? What is burnout? What is compassion fatigue?4. Vicarious trauma or vicarious traumatization Signs and symptoms associated with vicarious trauma Working on empathy Balancing systems Clarity of thought and common sense5. Relationship between fatigue syndromes in human and veterinary medicine Is there a parallel between human medicine and veterinary medicine with respect to fatigue syndromes? Auxiliary veterinary personnel What are toxic work environments and toxic companies? Some empirical studies and data6. Ethics, morals, and values in animal care Ethics The ethical dilemma Strategies for reducing ethical tensions Taboos in the veterinary profession Documents that minimize the number of ethical dilemmas7. Ten best practices to support staff and colleagues in veterinary practice Ten best practices to help jumpstart the project Compassion satisfaction is a best practice8. How to deal with euthanasia and its emotional impact on veterinary clinic personnel What is euthanasia? How does euthanasia affect veterinary staff? How do adults go through the grieving process? Grief in children How to deliver bad news to the owner: Buckman’s 6-step protocol When to opt for euthanasia Communication with the team Future needs9. Loss, grief, and suicide in veterinary medicine Loss Grief Suicide Best practices for organizational grieving Best practices for individual grieving10. Incorporating integrated wellness and standards of self-care in veterinarians and staff11. Self-evaluation to measure levels of stress, burnout, and compassion fatigue The Professional Quality of Life (ProQOL) self-test The Secondary Traumatic Stress Informed Organization Assessment (STSI-OA) Onsite debriefings Additional testing12. Next steps: achieving and sustaining wellness in the veterinary profession


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