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Empathy in Vet Science with Dr Evan Shaw

Updated: Mar 28

Episode 14 of The Professional Empathy Podcast.

Empathy in Vet Science with Dr Evan Shaw.

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In this episode of The Empathy Podcast, Dr. Evan Shaw, a veterinarian, shares insights into his life and work. He discusses his journey from leaving school to becoming a vet, highlighting the genuine concern for mental health in current times and his personal experience with multiple sclerosis (MS). The episode delves into the challenges vets face, including financial implications, difficult decisions, and the importance of empathy in their profession. Dr. Shaw emphasises the need for mental health support and education, especially in university programs for veterinarians. The episode also touches on topics like self-compassion, the kindness of euthanasia, and the benefits of having pets.

We hope you enjoy this informative, interesting and sincere episode of The Empathy Podcast.

0 – 46 Introduction to the show.

1.20 – 3.11 Dr Evans explains his professional background from leaving school to becoming a vet.

3.12 – 4.52 How the question of “How are you?” has become more genuine in current times.

4.53 - 5.55 Dr Evans discusses his MS and the importance of his own mental health.

5.58 - 7.26 Mental health has taken a front seat due to Coronavirus people are now confronting personal struggles and the difficulty’s brought about by Coronavirus and lockdown.

7.28 - 11.58 Dr Evans discusses the importance of talking about mental health and listening to others.

13.00 - 18.03 What it’s like to be a vet and the challenges of treating various species.

18.16 - 23.51 where does empathy play into the life of a vet? And what medicine costs.

23.52 - 28.34 Leanne talks about facing a difficult decision when her Greyhound was ill., while Dr Evans explains the kindness of euthanasia.

30.15 – 34.10 Animal welfare.

34.11 - 41.06 The lack of mental health in University and a lack of education on how to run a business while studying veterinary medicine.

41.07- 48.44 Self compassion.

50.27 – 53.06 Benefits of having a pet.



Hi! I'm Leanne Butterworth, Empathy Passionista, TEDx Speaker, University Lecturer and Mental Health Advocate.

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