This is the first guide to Veterinary Narrative Medicine, a cutting-edge approach in human medicine with multiple applications in veterinary medicine. The text combines the latest research with numerous real-world examples and practical techniques to improve client communication, patient care, and veterinary well-being.

Narrative Medicine maintains that a patient should be viewed as an individual rather than an example of a disease process, and that this can be accomplished by using narrative. This book explores methods and theories from leaders in the human Narrative Medicine field while addressing topics unique to veterinary medicine. Readers will gain tools to help navigate difficult conversations and situations in clinical practice, including those involving the end of life.

Narrative Medicine in Veterinary Practice also addresses the important issue of veterinary wellness. The ability to view the veterinarian's own stories and those of clients and patients as narratives may help practitioners maintain both emotional and work-place boundaries as well as decrease burnout and compassion fatigue. The book describes basic techniques to promote self-reflection and mindfulness, skills often overlooked in the veterinary profession which can improve resilience and increase the enjoyment of veterinary practice.

This is important reading for veterinary practitioners, students, veterinary nurses, technicians, social workers, and all veterinary clinic staff.




part Section One|21 pages

Narrative Medicine in Human Medical Practice

chapter Chapter One|10 pages

Overview of Narrative Medicine

chapter Chapter Two|9 pages

Related Fields

part Section Two|49 pages

The Veterinary Appointment

chapter Chapter Three|11 pages

Before the Appointment

chapter Chapter Four|14 pages

Obtaining a History

chapter Chapter Five|14 pages

Making a Plan

chapter Chapter Six|8 pages

Recording the Narrative

part Section Three|62 pages

Unique to Veterinary Medicine

chapter Chapter Seven|14 pages

The Connection Triangle

chapter Chapter Eight|15 pages

Grief, Guilt, and Shame

chapter Chapter Nine|8 pages

Narrative Medicine and the Workplace

chapter Chapter Ten|15 pages

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)

chapter Chapter Eleven|8 pages

Veterinary Social Work

part Section Four|43 pages

Our Own Stories

chapter Chapter Twelve|15 pages

Burnout and Fatigue

chapter Chapter Thirteen|18 pages

Reflective Practice

chapter Chapter Fourteen|8 pages

Moving Forward