The best advice I've ever received for working/surviving at a veterinary hospital is:
Whatever smelly lotion is available, put a dab/smear right under your nostrils to cover the hideous smell of __(fill in the blank)__.
Lavender lotion saved me. And I don’t even like "smelly" things!
Since I received this advice, I can help clean up HGE diarrhea, not have my mouth profusely water while talking to a client who is holding a dog that has necrotic flesh, and maybe not even notice when there's a deobstipation happening in ER.
This advice has helped me tremendously and I pass it along whenever I get a chance. Sometimes, just sometimes I may offer up this advice after I've seen them actively gagging from smelling their own veterinary kryptonite. Sorry guys. Hopefully this blog helps spread the word!
Share this post with anyone it might help in the future, and comment to share any other useful veterinary survivial tips you have! We can all use them.
This has been a veterinary public service announcement. Thank you.