If you take emotional responsibility for everyone else's problems, putting their monkeys on your back and in your mind, you'll have a hard time finding room for your own needs at the end of the veterinary workday.
People with an internal "locus of control"—who believe that they have control over their destinies and that their actions matter—are happier and healthier. But making changes in your life isn't as easy for everybody, and we need to acknowledge that more than we do.
Our writer told veterinary team members to cover zoonotic diseases in their clients' new puppy and kitten visits. This state veterinarian wants you all to know your state veterinarian is an excellent resource.