Blunt Dissection Ep 24: Veterinary Compassion Fatigue with Dr Bree Montana

Today’s episode marks a very big mile stone on the Blunt Dissection pathway as we reach our two year and 24 episode-th birthday! (Apologies to the English language for that abuse).

We needed a big episode and I am thrilled to say that my guest, Dr. Bree Montana, absolutely nailed it.

Dr Montana, or Bree as I can now call her since we’re blunt dissection besties, gained her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Ohio State University.

After graduation she worked in emergency hospitals before moving into general practice and eventually practice ownership where much of her real “learning” began. Safe to say the road was bumpy.

Outside of her practice, Bree has served as a member of UC Davis’ College of Veterinary Medicine’s External Advisory and Admissions Boards, is a past Board member of the VIN Foundation. And, somehow, finds time to act as the Director of the VINFoundation’s Vets4Vets programs – a place where vets struggling with a range of physical, emotional and psychological problems receive much needed support. She is also in high demand as a speaker on the subject of caregiver compassion fatigue.

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Back to Dr Bree. Her’s is a story of work, struggle and ultimately, balance and joy. There is something here for anyone who ever dared to pull on a white coat and throw a stethoscope round their neck. And I hope for some of you, this episode is going to change everything – in a good way.

So, without further preamble, I present to you, my interview with the amazing, Dr Bree Montana.

In This Episode

  • Dr. Montana’s story and experience in her journey to becoming a veterinarian

  • What IS compassion fatigue?

  • Are some people more predisposed to compassion fatigue than others?

  • What sort of things contribute to compassion fatigue?

  • How do we become aware that we have a problem?

  • How to build your toolkit for healing compassion fatigue

  • Bree’s advice to the next generation of veterinarians

  • The relationships with colleagues and teammates Bree has cultivated

  • The painful path that led Bree to get involved with the Vin Foundation

  • The one thing Bree would change in Veterinary medicine if she could

  • What Bree is working on currently to help people heal themselves

  • The best piece of advice Bree has ever received

  • Advice for those seeking purpose in their life and career: Be here now

  • The worst advice Bree ever received: from a tax advisor

Resources & People Mentioned

The Fetch conference

Dr. Eric Gentry , expert on Compassion Fatigue

BOOK: Setting the Table by Danny Meyer

Connect with Dr. Bree Montana

Bree Montana - - 530-794-8094

The Vin Foundation Student Debt Center

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Dr. D