If I become a vet, do I have to be the one to put an animal down?
I love animals and would love to work with them but I'm not sure if I could put someones pet down. I will if I have to but I don't know if I'll get emotional. Basically I'm asking if it gets easier the more you do it. veterinarian veterinary animals
However when an owner comes in and asks for a euthanasia for there cat is 10 year old healthy cat that only has eye issues, (which did happen) you have every right to say no, give the owner options for medical and financial help or options to surrender the animal.
This is a very difficult part of the job, and you do in fact get more and more adjusted to it. I asked several doctors that I worked with and no one said it was the light that brightened there days, but they understood the necessity of it. I cried almost every time we had a sedation for almost a year, it takes time.
I would not say it is the most difficult however. The industry can be brutal mentally. Very often you are not treated as you deserve, and clients believe that you are more interested in their money than the well being of their pet. I encourage you to reach out to local clinics to get to speak with vets about their journey. It was a major eye opener to see what they go through.
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