But veterinarians aren't alone. Professionals from many sectors lament the erosion of down time.
In a Virginia Tech 2006 faculty work-life survey data report, faculty members were questioned about issues that occurred regularly
in effort to keep a balance between work and home.
Some of the findings include:
- 61-percent agreed it is difficult to have a personal life and be promoted, with female respondents significantly more likely
to agree than men.
- 47-percent agreed family responsibilities have slowed their advancement at the university, with significantly more women than
- 47-percent agreed that professional demands have forced them to make unreasonable compromises about personal or family responsibilities,
with women being significantly more likely than men to agree.
- 59-percent strongly agree or somewhat agree that they have modified their career aspirations in order to accommodate the interests
and needs of their spouse/partner or family.
Veterinary school faculty was included in this survey.
In a 2005 American Veterinary Medical Association – Pfizer Business Practice Study, 65.2-percent of female DVMs say they work
part-time in order to care for their children or dependents. While only 12.8-percent of men say they work part-time for the
same reason. The male DVMs working part-time are doing so because they are semi-retired, according to the study.
"I think many veterinarians have at some point of their career struggled with staying on top of everything at work, spending
time and money wisely," says Dr. Dennis Feinberg, owner of Charles Town Veterinary Clinic in Charleston, SC.
Feinberg, who also served as a past AAHA president, says doing what is best for each individual veterinarian is how you find
"If you want to spend more time with family, that is what should be pursued," Feinberg says. "You don't have to work 80-hour
weeks to be a good veterinarian."