Thoughtful Thursday: Veterinarians

This morning was like any other morning. My husband, Danny, woke me up before heading out the door with a hug and a kiss. I went to the living room to get my morning hug and kiss from Olive. I contemplated what my next post will be and started drafting a couple of ideas. Then I began to scroll through my Facebook feed.

And I saw this:

It broke my heart. Why should they have to make this a policy? Why aren’t we showing love and kindness to those who are providing us and our loved ones with love and care?

I have a close friend who is also a vet. A while back, a former school friend had posted an article about the high suicide rate among Veterinarians and those who work in vet clinics. I was shocked. I remember asking my friend about it and she educated me on what they go through in a day. Today I found an article from the Washington Post that highlights some of the biggest problems.

To grasp the extent of their desperation, you have to understand what it’s like to be a veterinarian today. One of the most competitive medical fields — veterinary school acceptance rates are comparable with medical school acceptance rates, but prospective vets are often asked to complete more prerequisite undergraduate courses — it’s a profession that attracts intelligent, driven people who, above all else, want to help and treat animals. As obvious as it is, that latter component is critical: People don’t become veterinarians for prestige, power or high pay. But diving into passion-driven professions leaves the door open for compassion fatigue and burnout, and the veterinary field is riddled with mental health hazards. Unsurprisingly, two of the largest factors at play are money and death.


I wasn’t planning on writing a blog post about this topic; but after reading the before mentioned Facebook post, I couldn’t get it off my mind. My request for you today is simple, please reach out to your vet or local vet and their office and let them know you appreciate them. Have your kid draw them a picture. Bake come cookies. Send them flowers. But please make sure they know you are aware of the struggles they go through and they are seen and cared for and we are grateful for the services they provide us.

God is good. I will leave you with a saying we have in my church that I feel applies:

Follow Jesus in loving people, so people will fall in love with Jesus.

Pointe of Hope Church

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