Weekend Rounds - 09.11

💸 What is the financial cost of burnout?

Hi ,

We can't believe it's already September... where did the summer go? The air is a bit crisper, the leaves are turning, and the summer months are in our rearview. But don't worry as there is lots to look forward to: those uncomfortably hot walks to work will be replaced by a more comfortable temperature, NFL Football is back this week, and pumpkin spice season is here.

Unless you're in Australia... then it's all backwards.

As always, we've rounded up the latest news from around the animal kingdom:

🦏 Project Rewild Zambezi

💰 The financial toll of burnout

🤣 2022 Comedy Pet Photography Awards

🚀 Quick hits

In Zimbabwe, Operation Rewild Zambezi is underway. As climate change has caused significant droughts in the south, more than 2,500 wild animals are being re-homed. In order to save the animals from the devastating effects of climate change, they are being moved to a private reserve in the country's north. About 400 elephants, 2,000 impalas, 70 giraffes, 50 buffaloes, 50 wildebeest, 50 zebras, 50 elands, and 10 lions are just some of the animals that will be moved. The project is a coordinated effort between the non-profit Great Plains Foundation, the Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority, local veterinarians, and the University of Washington-Seattle's Center for Environmental Forensic Science and Oxford University's Department of Zoology. We have extensively covered the devastating ways that climate change is affecting animal habitat and behaviour. At every turn, we are blown away by the ingenuity, dedicated and resourceful of veterinarians and animal advocates around the world to save as many animals as possible from a human-made problem.

We all know that veterinary shortages and burnout are plaguing our industry. We don't need to remind you (but we will) that clinics are understaffed, vets and vet techs are hard to come by, staff are burning out, mental health issues are on the rise and emergency care is hard to come by. We've been

that employers need to take a people-centric approach to self-care to create systemic changes - but one thing still seems to reign supreme for business owners: profit.

While many companies are moving toward a triple-bottom line that includes the three P's (people, planet and profit), it is clear that many ownership groups are still too focused on profit at the expense of their people.

Thanks to the Cornell Center for Veterinary Business and Entrepreneurship we are able to put it in terms that ownership groups might understand:

Workplace burnout is costing the veterinary industry 2 billion dollars a year.

The study was led by Dr. Clinton Neill, an assistant professor of veterinary economics and management at Cornell. Neill's research showed that over half of veterinarians suffered from burnout (according to the WHO definition). He then used AVMA survey data of 15,315 responses to calculate burnout prevalence, turnover and reduced work hours.


Here is something to make you smile after reading about the effects of climate change and burnout.... 30 finalists for the 2022

have been released. Here are our favourites....

Here are some stories we're following this week from around the veterinary world and animal kingdom:These groups are working to help the animals affected by the war in Ukraine [NPR]

How Galaxy Vets Is Democratizing Wealth In The Veterinary Industry With Employee Ownership [Forbes]

How an alligator became an emotional support animal [The Guardian]

How Do Dogs See the World? A Veterinary Ophthalmologist Explains [Yahoo!]

Research Paper: Mortality related to general anaesthesia and sedation in dogs under UK primary veterinary care [Science Direct]

Can We Predict Which Viruses Will Spread from Animals to Humans? [New Yorker]

How 3D Printing Gives These Animals a Second Life [Jumpstart]

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