One of the best moments of my life occurred on June 16th, 2017. In March, I decided to coordinate a "Doctor Appreciation Day" at the veterinary hospital where I work. This would be the first ever here and that was one of the reasons this became important to me.
I had recently watched a video with some startling statistics. 1 in every 6 veterinarians contemplate suicide. The veterinary field also leads the charge in suicide. This is disturbing and not something many know or think about. So, I wanted to do something to show the doctors at my work they are appreciated. It was hard for us all to keep such a big secret quiet for about 3 months. We raised some money and were able to purchase gifts for them and had a big lunch planned.
I won't ever forget the looks of surprise and the teary eyes of these wonderful doctors. We are a family at Good Hands and they should never feel alone, no matter how difficult the job may be at times.
I want to share this story in hopes other facilities will do the same for their own. If you or anyone you know works with veterinarians, organize a party just for them. Give them encouragement to help them get through their day. All animal owners please remember to thank your veterinarian and even do something nice for them to let them know they are appreciated. It just might save a life!
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