By Katie Berlin, DVM
I see so many of the overwhelming problems we face in vet med as being connected to this idea that there’s only one “right” way to be in this profession. My own experiences have made me see that waiting to be happy “someday” just isn’t good enough. Veterinary professionals are such diverse and talented people – our longevity in this field depends on figuring out how to balance the hard mental and physical work of practice, however much of that we personally can take on, with the other things that light us up inside and that we can use in turn to light up our teams and our profession from the inside.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Katie Berlin is an associate veterinarian at Shiloh Veterinary Hospital in York, PA. She loves books, horses, art, fitness, running, podcasts, and the thrill of sitting down with a blank notebook and an idea. She has a degree in Art History from Williams College, which comes in handy sometimes when doing Google image searches, and a DVM from Cornell, class of 2009. She is an avid supporter of Fear Free and low stress practice methods and the battle against burnout and compassion fatigue in the veterinary profession.