Ruminations on a veterinary theme: chewing the cud

Category Opinion

Burnout in the Veterinary Profession – A Personal Perspective

Reading Time: 9 minutes This article looks at burnout from a personal perspective and follows on from Mark Turner’s article in the July 2020 edition of Companion. Unlike other articles I have read on this topic which tend to be fairly high-level overviews, this… Continue Reading →

Trust Part 2 – How to create and build trust

Reading Time: 9 minutes Trust. We have great difficulty in describing what trust is because it is just too big, complex and vague to understand – breaking it down into smaller parts makes it much more comprehensible. We often lack the skills or language… Continue Reading →

Trust in the Workplace – Part 1

Reading Time: 9 minutes This article discusses the importance of trust in the workplace, in particular the veterinary profession, and summaries examples of anti-trust.

Workforce woes? Possible solutions

Reading Time: 10 minutes At the recent London Vet Show, it was clear there is an overwhelming negativity in the profession regarding recruitment and retainment in particular, and that somehow because of this the profession is broken. How did we get here? What can… Continue Reading →

Are Salaries a Problem in the Vet profession?

Reading Time: 9 minutes Money is a subject we shy away from talking about, whether it is with clients or our own financial situation. This is compounded by the attitude, in the UK at least, that it is not the done thing to talk… Continue Reading →

How (not) to use the Internet

Reading Time: 16 minutes How to recognise and avoid or manage the mental health risks of online clickbait and doomscrolling.

Where are all the vets?

Reading Time: 18 minutes Recruitment crisis, or retainment catastrophe, or something else? A Perfect Storm in the veterinary profession.

Why don’t they see this? Terrier Bites

Reading Time: 3 minutes It’s always difficult to see the world from somebody else’s perspective as our own internal biases get in the way. But this can become a barrier to both sides.

The Power of Stories

Reading Time: 12 minutes This article was written by my husband following many discussions between us about the power of story telling. You might wonder what this has to do with the veterinary profession? It has an awful lot to do with empathy and… Continue Reading →

How to deal with redundancy

Reading Time: 7 minutes I had hoped I’d never need to share my experiences and lessons about redundancy with the vet profession, but it’s now clear that this has become other people’s reality recently too. Let me share my story and what I learnt about my personal process in the hope that it can help some of you going through it now.

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