Book review: Coping with Stress and Burnout as a Veterinarian by Nadine Hamilton

Veterinarians have a very fulfilling but demanding career. Hence, they have to possess excellent interpersonal skills and a strong work ethic and love animals. However, being a veterinarian can also have a very dark side. It has been estimated that the suicide rate for veterinarians is four times higher. The reason probably being the euthanasia they have to perform on animals, long working hours, financial problems, and dealing with all types of clients. So, man veterinarians can’t manage to cope with such difficulties and pressures which triggers a number of serious mental and physical issues.

Coping with Stress and Burnout as a Veterinarian

Thus, ‘Coping with Stress and Burnout as a Veterinarian’ is a very unique book written by psychologist Dr Nadine Hamilton. This book is focused on the solution which aims to reduce the veterinarians’ issues and the things which hinder their wellbeing. Dr Nadine Hamilton discusses the problems of how the veterinarians’ mental health is influenced by their everyday work and how can these issues be addressed.

This book offers solutions from career construction theory, positive psychology, resiliency studies, and acceptance and commitment therapy, which are all very promising fields against the worst case scenarios, such as suicide.

Coping with Stress and Burnout as a Veterinarian’ is a must have book for every veterinary student, veterinarian, and veterinary nurse. The book also comes with a concise self-help version of Dr Nadine’s ground-breaking ‘Coping and Wellbeing Program for Veterinary Professionals’. So, the second half of the book is an evidence-based intervention to educate vets on how to develop protective attitudes, boost their wellbeing and enhance their coping skills.

About Dr. Nadine Hamilton

Dr Nadine Hamilton has devoted the last ten years of her life and career in researching why veterinarians’ mental health has become such a huge issue and what can the solutions for that be. Ste started implementing her solutions in her private practice helping her staff develop better coping strategies. Moreover, she has been working with veterinary practice managers and owners to raise awareness about the vets’ mental health and what are the ways to increase productivity, wellbeing and retention in the workplace. Dr Nadine Hamilton is also the founder of a not-for-profit charity, ‘Love Your Pet Love Your Vet’, which aims at raising awareness about the issues within the veterinary industry.

This book is based on her doctoral research and it became so popular that it is nowadays considered for more than just a book. It is believed to be a self-help guide, a mental health intervention, and a very educational resource. It provides plenty of practical advice and tips on how to overcome every difficulty as a veterinarian.

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