Working in the veterinary profession can be both stressful and rewarding. High workloads, long work hours, emotionally-charged interactions with clients, and exposure to animal suffering and participation in euthanasia place many at risk of compassion fatigue, which can threaten a veterinarian’s professional quality of life.

Despite this risk, many veterinary professionals choose to stay within the profession. This recent research explores the personal and organisational factors predicting compassion satisfaction, burnout, and secondary traumatic stress in veterinary professionals, and the extent to which these aspects of professional quality of life are linked with intentions to leave the profession. Read more