Chief People Officer at VetEvolve Offers Tips to Deal with Burnout and Compassion Fatigue in Veterinary Medicine
Burnout, stress, and compassion fatigue in veterinary medicine continue to rise. As these issues become more prevalent, it’s important to address how to combat them. Jessica DeCesare, chief people officer at VetEvolve, recently published an article in Today’s Veterinary Business detailing how to prioritize the mental health of all team members in a veterinary practice.
DeCesare has been in the profession since 2000 and has had the wonderful opportunity to work with fantastic veterinarians, technicians, and administrators as they face good days and bad. She’s recognized signs of burnout, stress, and compassion fatigue in veterinary medicine and, in her article, offers ways to assuage these issues. Her ideas range from prioritizing time off — something Americans struggle with — to developing mentorship programs for the staff. Among other items, Decesare suggests developing personalized onboarding plans to support new employees from the start.
With stress being one of the top mental health challenges in veterinary medicine, we hope you’ll take a few moments out of your day to read the article and gain insight on how to prioritize your well-being.
About Jessica DeCesare and VetEvolve
As VetEvolve’s chief people officer with over 20 years in the industry, DeCesare is uniquely positioned to prioritize the mental well-being of veterinarians and team members. She’s instrumental in helping us attract and retain top talent for our veterinary practices.
Since 2014, VetEvolve has empowered veterinary teams to make decisions and provided them with the resources needed to combat compassion fatigue in veterinary medicine and to be successful even during the most challenging times. At VetEvolve, we strive to make happiness a fundamental part of our practices; our “Happy Starts Here” initiative centers on a culture of listening to every doctor and staff member to make sure we understand what practice teams need to be successful. We work with the individuals at each of our practices to make investments across our portfolio that attract and retain doctors and staff.