Emotional Well-being for Animal Welfare Professionals

Emotional Well-being for Animal Welfare Professionals

Tamsin Durston


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Each year, many thousands of animals are taken into rescue centres and animal shelters around the world. Some will have suffered neglect or cruelty, others relinquished because their owners are no longer able to cope with caring for a much-loved pet. Many owners will require support and guidance in meeting their animals' needs and helping them thrive in environments which can sometimes be challenging. Often animal welfare and veterinary staff are affected deeply by the decisions that they need to make on a daily basis and are at risk from a whole range of emotional health issues. This book examines the risks to the emotional well-being of animal welfare staff and veterinary professionals. It provides practical solutions, coping strategies and various techniques aimed at restoring a work-life balance as well as giving guidance on creating healthy approaches to self-care for the emotionally challenging work undertaken by anyone working directly with animals. There is: · Practical advice on recognising the risks such as compassion fatigue, burnout and imposter syndrome · Guidance on creating emotional resilience through healthy coping strategies · Down-to-earth advice on supporting front line team members and public-facing animal care teams · A range of case studies by experts that help give professionals the strength to make positive changes An invaluable and important text for veterinary professionals, animal rescue workers, pet behaviour counsellors and dog training instructors, as well as support, administrative and front-line animal care teams.


Tamsin Durston:
Tamsin is a Clinical Animal Behaviourist and Dog Training Instructor with over 20 years' experience as a Registered Veterinary Nurse, predominantly working as Veterinary Nurse Manager for Blue Cross Animal Hospital. In this role, Tamsin placed special emphasis on creating an inclusive working environment aimed at optimising mental and emotional health amongst the vets, nurses, receptionists, and auxiliary staff which resulted in a highly functioning, emotionally resilient, and communicative team. As well as undertaking behaviour counselling appointments, Tamsin currently holds the role of Veterinary Engagement Manager within Dogs Trust's Canine Behaviour and Research Directorate, leading a team creating welfare driven interventions aimed at improving the experience of veterinary care provision for dog, owners, and veterinary teams. Committed to animal welfare, she believes in a balanced, holistic approach to nursing, rehabilitation, rehoming and animal behaviour modification; appreciating physical, psychological and behavioural health as one.