How to deal with imposter syndrome

Imposter syndrome – that persistent feeling of inadequacy and self-doubt, despite accomplishments and qualifications – is sadly very common within the veterinary world. However, it is something you can conquer given the right support and mindset. 

In this blog, we look at three ways to better cope with imposter syndrome as a veterinary professional. 

Signs you are dealing with imposter syndrome:

  • Feelings of inadequacy at work
  • Constant fear that you’re not doing a good enough job
  • Low self-esteem
  • Overworking yourself / burnout
  • Feelings of frustration at your abilities or performance 
  • Fear of being ‘found out’

How to cope with imposter syndrome 

Our experienced consultants provided the following tips for those suffering with imposter syndrome…

1.Seek support from colleagues 

Seek support from your colleagues who understand the challenges and pressures of the veterinary profession. Sharing experiences and vulnerabilities with supportive colleagues can provide a sense of belonging and perspective. Additionally, consider finding a mentor within the field who can offer guidance and reassurance during challenging times.

2.Remember that everyone makes mistakes

It’s natural to fear making mistakes, especially when it comes to the health and wellbeing of animals. However, it’s crucial to recognise that everyone in the veterinary field makes mistakes, and it’s a part of the learning process. Instead of dwelling on errors, focus on learning from them to improve your practice. 

3.Celebrate your achievements

As a veterinarian, you’ve undoubtedly accomplished many milestones in your career, from academic achievements to successful patient treatments. Take the time to reflect on your accomplishments and give yourself credit for the hard work and dedication you’ve put into getting where you are today. 

Remember, the Choice Vets team is always here for support should you need! Give us a call on 0203 9784 104 today.