Veterinarians are an increasingly important part of veterinary medicine, with the demand for highly trained professionals leading to increasing numbers of jobs in areas such as veterinary pathology, radiology, and veterinary medicine.
But the same can’t be said for the jobs they’re often asked to perform, says veterinary assistant Jodie Kroll, of Norwalk Veterinary Hospital in Connecticut.
“The amount of work that we have to do to be able to perform our jobs is enormous,” she says.
That’s because the work that veterinarians do can be a major contributor to the health of the human population.
And for some, it can also be an expensive occupation.
A lot of veterinary assistants work as part of teams.
These teams are known as veterinary laboratories, and they’re the workhorse of the veterinary medicine world.
They perform a wide range of tasks, including diagnostics, animal testing, and the like.
A team of vets are required to be available 24/7, but they also have their own private lives, which often leave them vulnerable to stress and loneliness.
The jobs that veterinaries are asked to do can lead to significant strain on their mental and physical health, and can lead them to lose out on opportunities to get training or even get hired for jobs outside the profession.
In a recent study, veterinary assistants were found to be significantly more likely to suffer from depression, anxiety, or stress related illnesses than other workers.
“I think that the stressors that we face, even in the workplace, are something that we should be aware of and that we can manage,” Kroll says.
And with a lack of access to mental health resources, it’s a challenge that can leave people struggling with the challenges that they’re facing.
In addition to the mental health challenges, some veterinarians can also feel overwhelmed by the workload.
One in four veterinarians surveyed said that they have had to take on more than 10 hours of work a day in order to meet their workloads, and many veterinarians report that they struggle to find enough time to relax and recharge after working long hours.
“It’s really frustrating,” Krol says.
“Because there’s no time to take breaks, there’s just no time.
It’s exhausting, but it’s not a problem.”
And for those who find themselves in these difficult circumstances, there are plenty of options to help them find relief.
The first step is to get to know your pet.
Veterinarian work can be stressful, so if you’re interested in becoming a vet assistant, Kroll suggests doing a thorough background check on your pet before you begin your work.
“You need to know what they like, what they don’t like, and where they can get away from it,” she explains.
“That way you can have a little time to just chill out.”
Next, take your pet to the veterinarian that you think might be more qualified to help you.
Kroll recommends contacting your vet through their website, or by email.
You can also contact the local veterinary clinic or even take them out to lunch to see what they’re up to.
“There are so many options that you can do,” she advises.
“And the more options you have, the better you’re going to be at finding what you’re looking for.”
The other option is to find a job directly from your vet.
This might mean hiring a professional to perform your veterinary office tasks, or hiring a private veterinary practice that specializes in the veterinary care of your pet, Krol suggests.
“Once you know what you want to do, you’re more likely than not going to find the right fit,” she adds.
That said, not all veterinarians are able to find work through these channels.
“Some veterinarians have been known to hire people that have no training whatsoever,” Krompe says.
For that reason, it may be best to find out more about your vet before you hire them, as some vets may be reluctant to hire anyone that has no training.
And then there are the issues that can arise when hiring someone from outside the industry.
“If you’re not willing to make a commitment to training, then you’re probably not going do the job,” Krosz says.
In some cases, this can be especially problematic for people who are in their mid-20s, as it can be difficult to work through their anxiety about the work they’re performing.
It also makes it more difficult for people with mental health issues to find employment in the field.
For those who are struggling with mental illness, Kroszy says it can lead people to make unrealistic expectations of themselves.
“In the case of some vets, it is very difficult to deal with their own mental health problems, and then the rest of the industry will look down on them and they won’t be able be successful,” she points out.
Finally, there may be other factors at play, such as an increased demand for veterinary assistants that are in a career