Updated: Jul 18

I was talking to a DVM friend of mine recently and he said, “The amazing thing is that we have research to show us that mindfulness works!”

He is so right - we have decades of research across multiple professional communities that show the impact of mindfulness. What is even more exciting is the recent research about the impact of mindfulness specifically in veterinary medicine. This blog post will explore the overall research on the impact of mindfulness and our next post will specifically focus on some findings in vet med.

Much of the research on mindfulness in the western world began in the 1970s when Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn piloted a mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) program in a Stress Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center. The research findings from this program included participants experiencing long-lasting improvements regarding their physical and psychological symptoms. At this point Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is offered at over 200 medical institutions nationally and abroad (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, 2021; UMass Memorial Health, 2021).

Photo of Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn