Creating Wellbeing and Building Resilience in the Veterinary Profession A Call to Life

Creating Wellbeing and Building Resilience in the Veterinary Profession A Call to Life

By Sonja A. Olson

Creating Wellbeing and Building Resilience in the Veterinary Profession A Call to Life PDF aims to help veterinary caregivers increase self-efficacy, decrease unnecessary suffering, and increase sustainability in their mission to support animal health around the world. The veterinary profession is powered by dedicated, bright, and selfless individuals. Unfortunately, the long-standing and dysfunctional culture in classrooms and practices around the world expects veterinary caregivers to be ready to sacrifice everything – their time, their health, their personal lives – in the name of being deemed qualified and ‘worthy.’

Integrating real-life stories from a range of veterinary caregivers with evidence-based theory, practical activities, discussion and reflection points, and insights drawn from the author’s own experiences, the book empowers veterinarians by showing that they have the ability and the control to choose a healthier way forward for themselves and for their profession. It describes how to:

  • Normalize the conversation around mental and emotional health challenges in caregiving environments
  • Discuss and collaboratively create systemic solutions that promote healthier ‘ecosystems’ for vets to work within
  • Develop the skills of reframing, mindfulness, and self-care strategy implementation supporting holistic veterinary well-being
  • Collectively choose to shift the framework of professional conversations towards psychological safety, optimism, and purpose-driven experiences.

Creating Wellbeing and Building Resilience in the Veterinary Profession: A Call to Life uniquely combines shared experiences (personal stories) with academic research into the contributing factors of compassion fatigue and how to counter these. Normalizing the conversation in the profession, it provides a wide array of possible solutions to build resilience and to shape a culture of collaboration and support where caregivers can flourish.

Table of Contents




1 The evolution of the veterinary profession: How did we get here?

2 Caregiver Concerns

3 Being part of a compassionate caregiving community – for better or for worse! Examination of our Veterinary Professional Challenges

4 Tailoring your individual toolbox for self-care and resilience development

5 Change is in the Wind – A New Framework

6 Get excited and inspired! The Veterinary Profession of the Future.


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