I’m a Certified Compassion Fatigue Specialist and Certified Life Coach on a mission to transform the world of animal workers. This is my story.
I was fresh out of college and had a brand new shiny Bachelor’s Degree in Zoology that I didn’t know what to do with. I was extremely eager to learn all I could as a veterinary assistant and feel blessed to have had the most amazing mentor, Dr. Skip Leighton. His love of veterinary medicine was infectious but I also saw the toll that the profession had on him. I eventually left that practice and dedicated years of my career to veterinary sales and training. Throughout my 25+ years in veterinary medicine, I’ve worked in leading organizations such as Nestlé Purina, Bayer Animal Health and IDEXX Laboratories. Life’s funny…years later, I would go back to work for Skip and become his hospital administrator.
For much of my career, veterinary medicine was a male-dominated field, which only added to the burden many of my female colleagues and I faced.
Women in this industry not only have to carry the daily burden of heavy decision making, death and grief, and emotionally unregulated clients but also survive the patriarchal and societal expectations unfairly placed on their shoulders. They’re told to meet everyone else’s needs, abandon their own, and “suck it up”. The fatigue and exhaustion I witnessed in myself and my colleagues has been backed up by countless statistics that draw the same conclusion: veterinarians and animal workers experience alarming rates of depression, anxiety, attrition, burnout, and suicide. After suffering myself from mental health struggles for years, I decided that I couldn’t keep living a life that required me to constantly escape from it.
I wanted to thrive and empower other animal care professionals to do the same.
Working with a Life Coach changed my life! I then became eager to empower others with the evidence-based cognitive tools that helped me so I studied to become a Certified Life Coach and Certified Compassion Fatigue Specialist. Unlike most coaches out there, I work specifically with veterinarians, animal research professionals, and animal welfare advocates who face challenges unique to their industry. I understand what it takes to care and advocate for animals while meeting all the demands that come with that, in and outside of work. Whether I’m coaching someone 1:1:, in a group, or as part of an organization, I hold space and offer compassion, empathy, and a deep understanding to animal workers. I use cognitive tools and practical skills to guide you back toward a life of purpose: where your needs matter just as much as the needs of the animals and people around you.
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