In a semester where learning can be a solitary experience and contact with animals is minimal, your experience in veterinary school can be challenging. We offer a selective class that is in-person, out-doors, and involves direct contact with horses using equine-assisted learning (EAL)—non-riding activities with horses followed by facilitated debrief sessions. Both those with and without prior horse experience will benefit from this selective. EAL has been shown to improve confidence and non-verbal communication, and to help develop coping strategies in medical student and career professionals.
We work with the Cummings School equine teaching herd, and incorporate equine activities that promote reflection while providing an opportunity to work with horses. Participants will gain insight about themselves and how they interact with classmates or in teams to accomplish goals. The selective will involve non-riding weekly equine activities that promote reflection on stressors veterinary students experience. Stress and loneliness tend to be exacerbated by loss of connection to others and ourselves. This selective will help foster connection despite physical distancing.
Develop improved verbal and nonverbal communication skills
Develop improved mindfulness, self-confidence and ability to cope with stress
Develop improved ability to work in clinical teams
Develop an improved sense of wellbeing Improve competency in equine handling and gain an understanding of equine behavior and language
Long term goals are improved ability to work in clinical teams and development of skills for success in 4th year clinical rotations.
The selective will meet until the Thanksgiving break.