There’s lots of discussion about what contributes to veterinary industry stress, low career satisfaction and eventual disengagement.
These symptoms stem from a multitude of underlying individual, workplace, professional and public causes.
- Unrealistic client cost / outcome expectations
- Dehumanisation of experts
- Increasingly litigious, low trust society
- Incomplete understanding of veterinary value proposition
- Unconstructive responses to challenging situations (including perfectionism, power assertion, people pleasing etc)
- High degree of altruism
- Suboptimal emotional intelligence and communication confidence for difficult conversations
- Low awareness of own core values and personal purpose (important for intrinsic motivation and job choice)
- Imbalance between work / rest of life
- Emotional burden
- Fear-driven cultures (from threat or experience of Board investigation, litigation, client dissatisfaction, poor / unexpected patient outcomes, shame from critical judgement from peers)
- Ethical decision/advocacy load (veterinarian-owner-patient-boss)
- Low relative pay for education / responsibility / hours
- Anxiety during Board investigations
- Authoritative, stressed or untrained leadership
- Long hours, +/- afterhours, and unbalanced work-life integration
- Social and/or geographical isolation
- Lack of peer and mentor connections, debriefing opportunities
- Lack of career development/progression options,
- Reward systems
- Cultures that celebrate work volume and independence.
- Poor feedback systems
- Diversity management
Every individual will experience these uniquely, and no single organisation spans the range of initiatives required to comprehensively address them.
However, SVC’s focus on building self-awareness, knowledge and skill across the industry at every level will address the root cause of very many of these issues.