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Ain’t any one of us here who doesn’t have a bad day every now and then. When veterinarians have rough days, we prefer not to take it out on our patients. Instead, it’s you, our clients, who may sometimes bear the brunt of all that accumulated angst.
And we have many bad days. Studies have repeatedly documented the high stress levels among veterinarians. And then, even though we know it's not fair, we share the stress and act out in curmudgeonly ways.
The definition of curmudgeon according to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary is:
Definition of curmudgeon according to Patty Khuly: 1. a modern euphemism for being self-centered, misguided and rude, all at once.
It’s normal. And I'm certainly guilty of being a curmudgeon myself. Which is why I'm telling you not to take it personally –– or take it at all. You are the client, the customer, the one on the side of the angels when it comes to this particular interaction.
Still, it’s a truly wonderful thing if you can find it in your heart to have compassion for our plight –– annoying though we may be. But before you can go there, you need to know how it is our inner curmudgeon manifests.
Armed with this information, you, too, can become aware of the signs of curmudgeonliness. But beware: Impending burnout can look the same. If you value your veterinarian you might just want to reach out to this misbehaving soul and make sure she’s OK. After all, veterinarians are just like you. We have bad days. And days we act badly. Hopefully, just not too many of them.
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