Wellbeing Assessment for Veterinary Students
Start your journey to better professional wellbeing with the Professional Quality of Life (ProQOL) Assessment
The Professional Quality of Life (ProQOL) Assessment is a self-administered test of 30 questions that will help you get a read on your current balance of positive and negative personal and work-related experiences.
What is professional quality of life? Professional quality of life is how you feel in relation to your work as a helper. A veterinarian is someone who helps patients and their owners. Both the positive and negative aspects of helping others influence your professional quality of life. This assessment measures compassion satisfaction (the positive) as well as compassion fatigue (the negative) to provide a starting point for introspection about yourself and your environment. In turn, this can help you identify areas to focus your self-care.
Students: This assessment is geared towards veterinarians in the workforce. However, you have the option to take the test now, modifying wording in statements to fit your life as a student. And now that you are aware of the tool, you can use it again after graduation.
Notes about the ProQOL tool
This assessment is not a diagnostic test, and no official diagnosis can be determined based on the results.
The ProQOL tool was developed originally by Beth Hudnall Stamm, PhD, for use among human healthcare providers. As a result, the language in the assessment reflects human-directed support and care. When taking the ProQOL assessment, please consider the following language substitutions where applicable: 1) replace person with patient and/or client, and 2) replace people with patients and/or clients.
We've prepared this online version of the PROQOL assessment tool to make your experience easier. Your individual responses and results will remain anonymous. The AVMA will see only cumulative responses from all users.
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Compassion Satisfaction is a degree of fulfillment, sense of purpose and satisfaction derived from working as a care provider. This can involve positive feelings toward colleagues, contributions to the work environment and/or gratification from caregiving.
Compassion Stress is the unavoidable stress experienced when helping others in distress or harm’s way. This stress is expected, natural and unavoidable in the healthcare field, and is derived from a sense of responsibility and desire to alleviate suffering. Unless addressed, compassion stress can escalate to compassion fatigue.
Compassion Fatigue is a state of exhaustion and biologic, physiologic and emotional dysfunction resulting from prolonged exposure to compassion stress. Individuals who experience compassion fatigue feel overwhelmed from bearing the suffering of others, but typically continue to engage in self-sacrifice in the interest of their patients and clients. Factors that place individuals more at risk for experiencing compassion fatigue are high empathy, a history of traumatic experiences, and the existence of unresolved trauma. Factors that affect the severity of compassion fatigue are the duration of the experience, the potential for recurrence, exposure to death and dying, and the presence of a moral conflict.
Burnout is a psychological syndrome that involves prolonged response to chronic interpersonal stressors on the job. Burnout is typified by emotional exhaustion, cynicism, personal inefficiency and ineffectiveness in the work environment.
Based on your results, you may find this resource helpful:
An essential guide to burnout and compassion fatigue that dispells myths, provides explanations and places to get help.