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The art of terminal illness and injury: the veterinarian

By Myrna Milani

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Abstract Coping with the emotions related to terminally ill or injured animals poses unique challenges, which make this one of the most potentially stressful aspects of veterinary practice. Because many times, the more stressed the practitioner, the more difficult it becomes to communicate effectively with clients and staff, these challenges warrant consideration. Heading the list of challenges for many practitioners is the lack of education and training regarding this inevitable practice event. Under the best of circumstances, those lacking these must flounder about until they stumble upon a method of coping that works for them. Under the worst circumstances, veterinarians erroneously assume that there must be something wrong with them when they experience the denial-anger-bargaining-depression-cycle that may attend these events. Otherwise, they reason, surely their education would have addressed this most troubling aspect of practice.
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Deborah Maron

Publication Title Can Vet J.
Volume 46
Issue 6/June
Pages 542-545
Publisher Canadian Veterinary Medical Association
URL http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2831600/pdf/16048018.pdf
Language English
Column Title The Art of Private Veterinary Practice
Additional Language French
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  1. Animal-assisted therapies
  2. Animal roles
  3. Pet ownership
  4. Veterinarians