Dealing with the Stress of Euthanasia
This lecture will discuss the challenges of euthanasia in the emergency setting. Real life scenarios will be used by the speaker, but attendees are encouraged to bring up issues for discussion. The causes of compassion fatigue are complex and not yet fully understood in the veterinary arena, yet clearly are a major concern. Moral stress is thought to be linked to compassion fatigue. Moral stress can be defined as “when a person is aware of what ethical principles are at stake, but external factors prevent them from doing what they think is the right thing.” An owner’s refusal to euthanize a pet that is clearly suffering is stressful but so is performing a euthanasia on a pet you could save if the owner’s financial budget allowed for treatment. How we deal with these situations ourselves and within our team is important for everyone’s mental health and maintaining a sustainable work environment.
Presentation Code: 054
Vet & Tech