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.
We won’t ask you to choose the blue or red pill, but CVC educator Dr. Dave Nicol has some compelling reasons for why veterinarians should unplug from the real-life Matrix—and how to do it. (Bullet-dodging skills not required.)