Podcast aims to help horse vets get in the right head space


A podcast featuring two horse vets shines a light on mental health awareness in the veterinary field.

Sophie Eaden, an equine veterinarian and a lecturer in Veterinary Clinical Practice speaks, to Mental Health First Aid trainer and fellow equine vet, Kirstie Pickles, about the role mental health first aid can have in embracing a practice culture that is supportive of good mental health.

Passionate about making that experience less painful for others, they discuss what individuals and practices can do to make it better.

The podcast is part of the BEVApod Life series, from the British Equine Veterinary Association. It first aired during Mental Health Awareness week, from May 15 to May 21.

Eaden said that if the equine industry wanted to improve retention and recruitment in the equine industry “we’re going to have to figure out how to be more mentally healthy”.

“From where I’m sitting we don’t support a proactive approach to mental health in the equine veterinary profession at the moment. There are practices out there who are leading the way in changing this and I really hope others can follow their example,” she said.

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