Mindfulness Training Could Help Combat 'Compassion Fatigue'

Equine practitioners are passionate about their work, caring deeply about what they do for horses and horse owners alike. Combining this passion with the challenges of being an equine health provider, however, can come at a cost to the veterinarian. Distress, with its roots in a phenomenon often called compassion fatigue, can wear on individuals—study results have demonstrated that the veterinary profession has one of the highest rates of suicide. One researcher reports that improving resiliency (the ability to adapt and heal from trauma) with a concept called mindfulness training can equip veterinarians to combat distress and burnout, and help them lead heal

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