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Mindfulness for Veterinary Medicine
RACE-approved online CE (1 hour, non-medical)

Mindfulness has been shown to increase attention and focus, decrease anxiety and depression, and improve resilience. In this course, you will learn about the science of mindfulness and the peer-reviewed research on mindfulness in veterinary medicine. You will engage in several simple mindfulness practices that you can integrate into your daily life to help you navigate stress, communicate better with clients and team members, and build resilience. 

 

Course Agenda:

 

  • What is Mindfulness?

 

  • Overview of the Science of Mindfulness

 

  • Mindfulness in Veterinary Medicine

 

  • Overview and Application of Three Recent Studies:

    • Correia, H.M., Smith, A.D., Murray, S. Polak, L.S., Williams, B. & Cake, M.A. (2017). The impact of a brief embedded mindfulness-based program for veterinary students. Journal of Veterinary Medical Education, 44(1). https://doi.org/10.3138/jvme.0116-026R
    • McArthur, M., Mansfield, C., Matthew, S., Zaki, S., Brand, C., Andrews, J. & Hazel, S. (2017). Resilience in veterinary students and the predictive role of mindfulness and self-compassion. Journal of Veterinary Medical Education, 44(1), 106-115. https://doi.org/10.3138/jvme.0116-027R1

    • Stevens, B.S., Royal, K.D., Ferris, K., Taylor, A., Synder, A.M. (2019). Effect of a mindfulness exercise on stress in veterinary students performing surgery. Veterinary Surgery, 48(3), 360-366. https://doi.org/10.1111/vsu.13169

 

  • Mindfulness Practices to Support Resilience in Veterinary Medicine

    • Breathing Strategies to Engage the Parasympathetic Nervous System

    • Mindful Moments and Neuroplasticity

    • Mindful Communication with Clients and Team Members

 

  • Closing and Logistics for Completing the 5-question Test 

 

 

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Participants will learn about the science of mindfulness.

  2. Participants will learn about three recent peer-reviewed studies on mindfulness in veterinary medicine.

  3. Participants will engage in mindfulness practices to support resilience, including breathing strategies, mindful moments, and mindful communication. 

This program has been approved for one hour of Continuing Education credit in jurisdictions that recognize RACE approval.