Joy is why you got into this career in the first place. Remember? It wasn't because you love staying up late to finish your records or balance your books. It was because, even before you ever understood what a career was, you wanted to help animals. You wanted to be the one to tell a family their best friend is going to be OK, and the shoulder to cry on when it's time to say goodbye. You understood that the bond between a human and a pet has a magic that makes the world a happier place. Being a guardian over that bond is what drives you.
But oftentimes, that joy gets lost in the chaos of running a productive practice. Spending hours catching up on paperwork. Working late to fit in every patient, even when your schedule is already full. Celebrating a new life just moments after witnessing the end of another. Your days start early and never really end because you're constantly wondering what you could have done better, how you could have done more. And somewhere along the line, you forget about you.
You give up so much to be the caregiver you are. Time with family, your emotional health—not to mention paying off student loans. And it's too often you feel you have nothing left to give, yet you tell yourself this is how you should feel. We're here to tell you: it doesn't have to be this hard. Running a business doesn't have to eclipse the love you have for your work. In the midst of the unavoidable lows and overwhelming highs, it's still possible to rekindle your joy.
You deserve to get as much as you give. You deserve to feel peace at the end of the day. You deserve to take home more stories and less stress.
From vet to vet, we're here to remind you: You deserve joy.