During the COVID-19 crisis, all practices are entering an uncertain economy, either with reduced business from a client base that is sheltering at home, with the reduction of staff members to illness, or from being classified as a nonessential business that must close to prevent community spread of the virus.
As stay-at-home orders ease and social distancing policies begin to relax, hospitals need to figure out which strategies to keep and which ones to adapt.
In a profession predisposed to problems of burnout and compassion fatigue, the extra stress involved in seeing patients during a pandemic can be dangerous. And while most AAHA-accredited hospitals are grateful to be busy, they acknowledge that the pandemic is taking a toll.
Back in the early days of the pandemic, people talked about the future in terms of “when things get back to normal.” Not anymore. Now they talk in terms of the “the new normal,” and what that’s going to look like. For many animal hospitals, the new normal is already here.
As more Americans are getting their COVID vaccinations, many veterinary practices are working to figure out their vaccination policy.
Both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health provide online resources for emergency responders and others facing traumatic incident stress. While these resources focus on more acute situations, much of the information applies to veterinary teams working during the pandemic, such as . . .
“Ambiguity and uncertainty drive stress,” says Randy Hall, founder and CEO of Aspire and veterinary leadership guru. Few would argue that we’re living in ambiguous and uncertain times, and with the coronavirus situation changing daily, that’s likely to be true for the foreseeable future.
The veterinary profession continues to adapt on the fly to the unprecedented challenges of the pandemic.
Veterinary practices continue to adapt as the COVID-19 situation develops in their communities. Here are seven ways to adapt.
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