Being a vet 24/7

09 Nov 2019

Gorman, C.

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I was interested in the opinion piece by Anna Cunningham ‘It should be okay to not be a vet 24/7’ (VR, 26 October 2019, vol 185, p 515). Although I respect the author’s view, I take a different view of my life as a vet, and I wonder whether this partly explains the frequent mentions about the stresses of the profession we see these days.

To me, my profession is my calling, so that does mean that I am a vet 24/7

To me, my profession is my calling, so that does mean that I am a vet 24/7. It defines me, and I am happy for that to be the case. I am flattered to be asked my opinion in and out of work. I don’t advise this for everyone, but I have no problem allowing my clients to have my mobile number or email address, and...