Dr. Patty Khuly Yes, veterinarians cry. Although it tends to happen more often in the early days of our careers, I found myself with puffy eyes and a blotchy face on a recent morning.
Curious to know what makes a veterinarian of a certain age dissolve into a puddle of tears? Most recently, it occurred after I had to euthanize an English Bulldog whom I'd personally ushered into the world via C-section 10 years ago. And although the emotional reaction was understandable, I couldn't help but think I'd allowed it to get the better of me.
I know it's normal - even endearing to some extent - for a veterinarian to cry over the loss of a patient. But let's be honest: It's also unprofessional to run from an exam room in tears when a client asks if you're OK. That's when I lose it.
In any case, it doesn't happen as frequently as it used to. In fact, while it's not unusual for me to shed a private tear every couple ofRead More »from 5 Things that Make Veterinarians Cry