The Horse

SEP 2018

The Horse:Your Guide To Equine Health Care provides monthly equine health care information to horse owners, breeders, veterinarians, barn/farm managers, trainer/riding instructors, and others involved in the hands-on care of the horse.

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36 THE HORSE September 2018 woven in even before the white coat cer- emony, the ritual marking the beginning of a vet student's education. "Veterinary colleges are really com- mitted to addressing well-being, and so I believe the majority now have either an embedded on-site mental health professional that works directly with the program or at least a coordinated effort with a counseling program that may be located on campus where they can quickly refer students," Brandt says. "And more and more courses are being offered within the curriculum, whether it's core or elective, that relate to self-care, such as boundary-setting, and transforming conflict— a lot of the (skills) that impact well-being through- out a career. We want to make sure that when we graduate students, they're well-rounded and not just on the science of medicine but also on the art and prac- tice of the medicine and self-care. The AAVMC (American Association of Veteri- nary Medical Colleges) is really involved with supporting those efforts." A few years ago Brandt helped start a veterinary mental health profession- als group made up of counselors and social workers specializing in veterinary medicine. "Many of the individuals in the group have been active in the profession for anywhere from a decade up to two decades," she says. "I find that remark- able that there's this specialized expertise out there. At the AVMA specifically, we have an amazing student initiative team who's going out there with a 'boots on the ground' approach, working with the students to hear their concerns and also learn what's working well." And for the veterinarians already in practice, the AVMA offers a variety of services, from counseling to free cyber- bullying assistance for members. Prevention is key, says Brandt, noting that the gap isn't so much in the pro- grams offered, but in being sure that the veterinarians are accessing the programs before they're in crisis. Even beyond AVMA, Franklin says most veterinary organizations are trying to be sensitive to their members' personal well- being needs, as well as their education or political representation. "The AAEP is weaving a heavy stitch of what we call Healthy Practice into everything we do," he says. "It's not really a box to check or a session to attend but, more so, a cul- ture you create when you are extremely intentional about authentically caring for, supporting, and engaging with your col- leagues about their well-being." Walking Forward Now that we know what our veterinari- ans are dealing with, how do we respond? "Ultimately, the horse owner is dealing with their own issues and the issues of their horse," says Franklin. "If they have an emergency, then they should be able to seek emergency care without feeling like they are being a burden. The onus is Intensive Care The horse that matters to you matters to us® Call 859-873-2974 or visit to order today. The feeling you get… It's why we do what we do. TH 2018-09 Satisfaction guaranteed. Providing easily digestible energy, high in calories but low in starch and sugar. Equi-Jewel ® rice bran …when you kiss your horse. It's important that clients understand that veterinarians are peo- ple, too, and they come to veterinary medicine because they love the horse and they want to do their very best." DR. AMY GRICE

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