"Down the Yellow Brick Road" is a journey not to be missed! It is illuminating and educational for those in the veterinary field, people wanting a sneak peek at the veterinary world, caregivers, and individuals overwhelmed with feelings of sadness.
Using her own life as an example, L. M. Connolly, MS, DVM, gives the reader an inside look at the veterinary industry – good and bad. She openly and frankly discusses her struggles with anxiety, compassion fatigue/empathic distress, and depression, and why these emotions are also prevalent in the veterinary community. She makes suggestions for helping to improve both the industry and any individuals with similar feelings.
In part 1 of the book, Dr. Connolly shares her experiences from her early childhood, through school, and twenty-six years of private practice, and compares them to the 1936 movie, The Wizard of Oz.
Part 2 addresses various players in the veterinary industry and the public. Dr. Connolly defines the stressors of the profession and makes suggestions for treating these as she outlines what others can do to help future and current veterinarians, especially those who are struggling emotionally.
The book culminates in part 3 with her study of the mind, body, and spirit, and how she improved her physical and mental health instead of giving up. With hope for the future, Dr. Connolly includes self-care suggestions and a list of various resources for anyone seeking help with anxiety, depression, or suicidal ideation.