- I promise to always remember why I choose this career.
It’s easy to lose yourself to the stresses of the veterinary profession. When times get hard, giving up or checking out seems like a viable option. We didn’t make it this far to lose sight of our passion. The fire may not be raging. At times it will smolder. Just don’t snuff it out. Remember why you worked so hard for so long.
- I promise to always consider the quality of life.
Work does not come first. I repeat, work does not come first. My mental, physical, and emotional wellness come first. I will not compromise any of those factors for my profession. Without putting my quality of life first, I will not last in this field.
- I promise to practice compassion and empathy.
This promise is not only to myself but also to my coworkers, family, patients, and friends. Every person and living creature deserves to be treated with love and kindness.
- I promise to believe in myself.
I didn’t make it this far out of sheer coincidence or good luck. I worked my butt off to become a doctor, and every day I will work to be the best doctor I can be. So in those moments of doubt, I will remind myself that I have the knowledge, intelligence, and sheer determination to make it through anything.
- I promise to protect my boundaries.
Saying “no” is okay. Turning down extra shifts is okay. Leaving on time is ok. Taking a vacation is okay. Speaking up for yourself is okay. Don’t let guilt or perceived obligation force you into uncomfortable situations. Always have your own back and stand up for yourself.
- I promise to not be blinded by money.
Debt sucks. Veterinary student debt sucks even more. I will be repaying my student loans for a long time. But, I did not enter this profession for the money, and I will never view this job as a money making scheme. I will always be practical with my clients and frugal where and when I need to be.