There has been a growing focus on the pathological aspects of veterinary practice, aspects that affect one’s ability to offer the best possible service to clients, patients, and each other. Just as it is important to understand the aspects of practice that make us vulnerable, and take the necessary steps to prevent and address the negative consequences, it is important to understand the aspects of practice that replenish and nurture us – and intentionally build these into our lives. All-too-often the joy of practice – that rewarding sense of fulfillment when making a difference in the lives of others – tends to elude us. As a caregiving profession, our goal should be to seek positive fulfillment, not avoid compassion fatigue. This session places stress, compassion fatigue, and the other negative consequences of veterinary practice in a broader context of positive veterinary medicine. It explores how compassion can benefit rather than harm us, and offers ways in which you can create an optimal environment to flourish in practice.
Find out how you can equip yourself with the appropriate skills and perspectives to expand the potential for compassion satisfaction, rediscovering the joy that motivated you to pursue a veterinary career, and flourish in practice.
To understand the relationship between compassion fatigue and compassion satisfaction.
To intentionally engage in activities that engender compassion satisfaction.
To understand the ripple effects of compassion satisfaction in practice.