Category Archives: Veterinary medicine

Talking to veterinary students about mindfulness meditation

It was surreal to stand in the classroom where I’d been taught, more than 20 years ago, and speak about mindfulness meditation. The funny part was that the broken swivel chair in room 1714 was still causing problems! Ah, fond … Continue reading

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Mental Health and Wellness in the Veterinary Profession

When someone asks me, “What do you do?” and I tell them I’m a small animal veterinarian, their eyes brighten.  Then they proceed to tell me their favourite story about their pet.  I’m grateful that the public perception of veterinarians … Continue reading

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OVMA 2016 and the “Zen Zone”

Rolling through Southern Ontario, on the train to Toronto.  Enjoying the chance to relax and write as I travel to my final destination.  I’m heading up to Toronto for my annual veterinary conference.  It’s been a tradition for almost 19 … Continue reading

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Mindfulness Meditation Retreat 2015

Nicole: You know how everyone’s always saying seize the moment? I don’t know, I’m kinda thinking it’s the other way around. You know, like the moment seizes us. Mason: Yeah. Yeah, I know. It’s constant – -the moment. It’s just… … Continue reading

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Making Space for Silence

  There’s so much external noise, sometimes it’s hard to hear myself think.  Lately, I’ve been trying to make some space. Starting the Midday Mindfulness Meditation at the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association Conference was a step in that direction.  

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Back on the train

I love the romanticism of a train ride.  I get to indulge this fantasy as I travel to Toronto for my annual veterinary conference.  Having access to Wifi means I can write and be inspired by the passing scenery.

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Mindfulness Meditation at OVC

My life decisions over the last five years are taking me places I never expected to go.  Introducing mindfulness meditation to the students at the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) is definitely one of those.

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Mindfulness Meditation Retreat 2014

Before I knew it, the weekend I’d been anticipating for so long had finally arrived.  I was on a plane to Chicago for the 2014 Mindfulness Meditation Retreat, organized by Michele Gaspar, to see old friends and meet some new … Continue reading

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A note to my veterinary colleagues

I thought of you today. Whether you are still in veterinary college, out in private practice, working in academia or industry, I offer the following to you.

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Yoga for veterinarians

It finally happened. I had dreamed but never thought I’d be able to teach yoga on VIN (Veterinary Information Network).  I just finished presenting an on-line course to 80+ veterinarians (with more that will view the recording later).  My motto is … Continue reading

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