Veterinary Care Foundation

Veterinary Care Foundation (VCF) and Multi Radiance Medical (MRM) have announced a partnership to help more veterinarians provide lifesaving care for clients’ pets by investing in new modalities for pain management, inflammation, wound healing and more.

Founded in 2008, VCF enables veterinary practices to set up a 501(c)(3) charitable fund. The veterinarian’s clients can then make tax deductible donations and 100% of these donated funds go to their veterinarian’s practice.

Thanks to a generous client, Bea Ersham, DVM, was able to purchase Super Pulsed Laser therapy devices from MRM to help care for rescue dogs suffering from arthritis and other debilitating conditions.

“I have many clients who appreciate how hard we work for their pets’ health and welfare,” explained Dr. Ersham. “The ability for clients to now deduct their donations to us so we can invest in better care for their pets has been huge.”

VCF takes the guesswork out of funding new modalities for veterinary practices. Most veterinarians have neither the time nor expertise to create and then manage their own 501c non profit organization.

“We now have hundreds of veterinarian members across the U.S. and we help them with every detail required to receive these much-needed donations,” says VCF Founder and President Richard A. Heysek. “Their testimonials are proof of how well this program is working.”

To sign up for VCF, go to https://veterinarycarefoundation.org/drs


The Truth About Pet Cancer

Dear friends and colleagues, I hope you and yours are well. I am being featured in this new docu-series “Truth About Pet Cancer”. I believe it will be of great benefit to all your animal friends. If you would like to share it with friends, social media, etc. please do. If that does not feel right, no worries. Below are links to free ebooks. Let me know what you think. Wishing you and your kindred spirits the best health and happiness ever!

If you would like to watch a video trailer of the “The Truth About Pet Cancer” which I was prominently featured with my own unique perspective on these issues, you can watch the trailer and the first episode through this link: Click Here

If you would like to have a copy of the entire documentary series “The Truth About Pet Cancer” which I was prominently featured with my own unique perspective on these issues, you can purchase one from this link: Click Here

Free E-book

Pet Cancer Quiz

 




Changing the World— One Horse at a Time

I am pleased to announce the release of The Compassionate Equestrian.

 

Compassionate Equestrian Book CoverThis book, born out of a unique collaboration with a long-time trainer and competitor Susan Gordon, introduces the 25 Principles of Compassionate Equitation: a set of developmental guidelines that encourage a profound level of personal awareness during not only interactions with horses, but with all sentient beings.

 

By developing deeper compassion for our horses—and for ourselves— equestrians take the first step on a path to transcending differences and disagreements, learning instead to empathize and connect more closely with the “global collective” of horses and horsepeople.

 

Discover the simple changes any horseperson can make that will ultimately have a vast impact on the rider’s relationship with the horse, the state of the horse industry, and the world as a whole.

 

 

About my co-author:

 

SUSAN GORDON was a professional hunter/jumper trainer from 1983 to 2009. After retiring from training and teaching, she founded Green Pony Productions for the production of digital media content relating to social justice issues for horses. She writes and blogs regularly regarding the 25 Principles of Compassionate Equitation.

 

 

 

What people are saying about the book:

 

“This is a book for those who seek a mutually satisfying relationship with their horses.  The Principles provide a road map…we should read them carefully and often.”

 

Hilary Clayton, BVMS, PhD, Dipl. ACVSMR, MRCVS

 

 

“The Compassionate Equestrian is both ahead of its time yet remarkably ancient in its wisdom and fundamental teachings.  Based in art and proven modern science, the 25 Principles are a priceless collection of universal values, methods, and techniques that will greatly improve the mind and body of both horse and rider.  This impactful book is loaded with valuable lifelong lessons that place compassion and empathy at their core.  It will enable readers to develop and sustain meaningful, respectful, and successful partnerships with their horses.”

 

Philip E. Richter, Treasurer, United States Equestrian Team Foundation

 

 

“I would highly recommend this book for anyone who loves animals—not just horses—and wants to gain an understanding of them on a deeper, more intimate level. The authors offer us numerous, often profound insights, through their own varied experi­ences and backgrounds, regarding the integration of compassion into all areas of our lives.  With deeper reading, one begins to appreciate more fully, how the immutable relationship between human health, animal health, and that of our environment—a world of One Health—is the real basis for improving the life of our entire planet.”

 

Ted Cohn, DVM, President, American Veterinary Medical Association

 

 

“Dr. Allen Schoen is an innovative, compassionate, and thoughtful veterinarian whose book emphasizes the responsibilities that attend the human-equine relationship.  The Compassionate Equestrian provides practical information derived from a lifetime of caring for sport and pleasure horses.  Dr. Schoen has a keen eye for animal and human behavior, and his book has value for the novice and the experienced equestrian alike.”

 

Michael Kotlikoff, VMD, PhD,
Austin O. Hooey Dean,
College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University

 

 

“Dr. Schoen is an innovator in combining conventional medicine with holistic therapies.  In The Compassionate Equestrian, he charts the rise of a unique field of veterinary medicine whose foundation rests on a profound respect for all life, and specifically for horses.  This is compassion in its purest form, and it’s revolutionary.  Meticulously researched,  The Compassionate Equestrian enlightens any reader on the benefits of applying sympathy and empathy to the core of all equine training and care.  Practicing compassion is the essence of the bond between rider and horse, and of course between any two people.”

 

Arriana Boardman, Member, ASPCA Board

 

 

“Dr. Schoen has always lead by example, and lives a lifetime of connected joy with the horses that he treats and their owners.  We will continue to benefit from his kindness and guidance through his new book, The Compassionate Equestrian.  From backyard ponies to trail horses to show jumpers, it’s ‘all about the horse.’”

 

Paula Kennedy, LVT, Dean’s Advisory Board, Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine

 

 

“This book challenges us, to ‘slow down,’ take a deep breath, and examine our relationship with ourselves and with our horses. Using storytelling and personal experiences, combined with scientific research and a good dose of spirituality, these pages offer something for all readers.  Whether you are a seasoned horseperson or someone who just loves horses and wants to share in the journey, the book promises discovery for all.”

 

Mary Ann Simonds, Author,
Founder and Director of the
Whole Horse and Equestrian Science Institute

 

 

“The horse just happens to be the perfect animal to help us understand ourselves better.  He’s far more physically powerful than us, but also more perceptive in many ways.  Horses can see right through us, and they reflect our deeper selves back to us in a way that is undeniable.
 

This much-needed book asks us to not only try to become better observers of our horses, but to think about that which we notice in a new and deeper way. Most importantly, it asks us to watch ourselves as we are interacting with our horses.
 

The authors give us a path to follow, challenging us to use the powerful tools of self-awareness or mindfulness, and meditation (QFI in the book) to change our own behaviors and become better stewards of the horse, and then extend that to our interaction with other beings.
 

Learning these tools takes work, but with effort it can become an integral part of our behavior.  I know this because I have been on a similar journey myself, and the rewards gained in all aspects of my life—from my relationship with horses and people, to my ability to function in my businesses—are profound.”

 

Doug Thal, DVM, DABVP, Creator of The Horse Side Vet Guide

 

 

“I very much enjoyed reading the Compassionate Equestrian by Dr. Allen Schoen.  Reading this well-written book allowed me to better understand, both conceptually and scientifically, the feelings of our equine patients.  The information in the book will hopefully improve my ability to “listen” to my equine patients and become a more compassionate veterinarian and person (see quote on page 320).”

 

Tom Divers DVM, ACVIM, ACVECC and
Professor of Medicine in the College of Veterinary Medicine,
Cornell University, Ithaca N.Y.

 

 

“Dr. Allen Schoen and Susan Gordon provide a thoughtful, provocative reminder that horses feed off our personal health and well-being.  The rush of our daily lives, work schedules, and pressures to succeed can weigh heavily on veterinarians, trainers, and riders, and can influence our approach to the horse.  The horse can sense this tension or stress. The book reminds us that personal mental/emotional well-being is important to ourselves and those (both horses and people) we interact with daily.”

 

 Ryland B. Edwards, III, DVM, PhD, DACVS, Fairfield Equine Practice, Newtown, Connecticut

 

 


Blessings for a Happy, Compassionate New Year

Dr-Allen-Schoen

Wishing all my kindred spirits a Happy New Year with a unique perspective on what True Happiness can look like….

After taking a bit of a retreat from blog writing, I am excited to share this heart advice from a Buddhist teacher on what happiness is

based on their perspective. I wish you all a truly transformative 2014!

This past year has been filled with seeing patients, large and small, lecturing about integrative veterinary medicine, mind/body medicine and the human animal bond throughout the world and working on new projects to be of benefit to all that is.  I lectured at the World Small Animal Veterinary Congress in New Zealand as well as the Canadian Veterinary Association Annual Conference in Victoria, B.C., sharing new insights from my 35 years of practicing and teaching.  In addition, I began working on some new projects evolving from my work with the Charter for Compassion where I was involved in beginning to establish Western Connecticut State University as one of the first Compassionate Universities.

With my co-writer, Susan Gordon, a holistically oriented horse trainer, we have begun a project called “The Compassionate Equestrian”  (see www.compassionateequestrian.com).  We have developed 25 Principles of Compassionate Equitation based on her decades of experience as a horse trainer and my decades of experience as a holistic, integrative veterinarian based on our exploration of what is ultimate healing for horses and humans and the Charter for Compassion.  We invite you to assist in this co-creation by sharing your constructive, positive, compassionate thoughts and insights as we create this new program and book.

In addition, I am working on similar projects for companion animals and wildlife. If you would like to assist in any of these co-creations, feel free to contact me here.

After reflecting on how I might be of most benefit to all beings at this point on my veterinary journey and my personal life journey, I feel like integrating compassion based on the latest research in compassionate neuroscience, contemplative neuroscience and quantum physics along with classic traditions is how I may be of benefit.  I look forward to sharing more from this perspective this year on this blog as well as through upcoming books, retreats, and teaching.

If you are interested in hosting any retreats, workshops or teaching regarding this new approach, feel free to contact me here as well.

Blessings to all of you for a joyous, peaceful, healthy, creative, fun, compassionate New Year!  Again, I would like to share these profound perspectives on what Happiness is from a special teacher.

Happiness by Gendun Rinpoche from Heart Advice from a mahamudra master

Happiness cannot be found

through great effort and will,

but is already there, perfect and complete,

in relaxation and letting go.

Do not worry, there is nothing to do.

Whatever appears in mind has no importance,

since it has no reality.

Do not hold on to it, and do not judge.

Let the play happen by itself,

arising and passing,

without changing anything-

everything vanishes and reappears, without end.

Only your searching for happiness

prevents you from seeing it,

just like a rainbow that you chase

without ever reaching it.

Although happiness does not exist,

it has always been there

and accompanies you

in every moment.

Do not believe that good

or bad experiences are real.

They are like rainbows.

Wanting to grasp the ungraspable,

you exhaust yourself in vain.

As soon as you relax this grasping,

space is there — open, inviting and joyful.

Make use of it.

All is yours already.

Do not search any further.

Do not enter the impenetrable jungle

to search for the elephant

that is already quietly at home.

Nothing to do,

nothing to force,

nothing to wish for —

and everything happens by itself.

Gendun Rinpoche



Happy New Year with a Unique Twist

Wishing all my kindred spirits a Happy New Year with a unique perspective on what True Happiness can look like….

After taking a bit of a retreat from blog writing, I am excited to share this heart advice from a Buddhist teacher on what happiness is

based on their perspective.  I wish you all a truly transformative 2013!

Happiness by Gendun Rinpoche from Heart Advice from a mahamudra master

Happiness cannot be found

through great effort and will,

but is already there, perfect and complete,

in relaxation and letting go.

Do not worry, there is nothing to do.

Whatever appears in mind has no importance,

since it has no reality.

Do  not hold on to it, and do not judge.

Let the play happen by itself,

arising and passing,

without changing anything-

everything vanishes and reappears, without end.

Only  your searching for happiness

prevents you from seeing it,

just like a rainbow that you chase

without ever reaching it.

Although happiness does not exist,

it has always been there

and accompanies you

in every moment.

Do not believe that good

or bad experiences are real.

They are like rainbows.

Wanting to grasp the ungraspable,

you exhaust yourself in vain.

As soon as you relax this grasping,

space is there — open, inviting and joyful.

Make use of it.

All is yours already.

Do not search any further.

Do not enter the impenetrable jungle

to search for the elephant

that is already quietly at home.

Nothing to do,

nothing to force,

nothing to wish for —

and everything happens by itself.

Gendun Rinpoche


Spirit Bear Revival

I have been blessed with experiencing one of the last great wildernesses in the world, The Great Bear Rain Forest,  before it gets devastated by a planned tar sand, dirty oil pipeline from one of the  greatest environmental disasters in history, the Tar sands of Alberta to one of the most sensitive and pristine  coastlines in the world on the British Columbia west coast.  It is an amazing living example of the Kindred Spirits Project where the First Nations bands still live and work in harmony with the animals and environment despite all the outer challenges from corporations interested only in financially extracting as much as they can from the environment and leaving the devastating results to everyone else to deal with.  I stayed with the Klemtu First Nations band in their Spirit Bear Lodge and spent hours interviewing band members from 18 years old to their elders and their chief.  I was blessed that their 30 year old (youngest ever) Chief, Doug Neassloss was by bear guide for a few days.  We discussed the endless challenges from corporations to destroy their homeland as well as how their culture is so intimately intertwined with all the animals and the nature that they share their homes with.  The human animal bond is evident in every moment here.  Watch this to get just a tiny impression of being in this precious, endangered  great bear rainforest.  This great bear rainforest video is a clip from the National Geographic documentary on this endangered region.

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Genetic Roulette Health Awareness

I would like to share some of the most important news that I have come across for disease prevention in both our animal friends and ourselves.  For most of my veterinary career I have been expounding the belief that we should feed our animal friends as naturally and organically as possible. I have seen so many diseases improve with simple dietary changes from allergies, inflammatory bowel disease, immune mediated diseases and cancer.  I have been well aware of doing my best to avoid genetically modified foods (GMO’s) in myself, my family and for my animal patients.  I just came across this new documentary, “Genetic Roulette” which is a free online movie that explains and summarizes all the potential hazardous effects of GMO’s on our food producing animals, our companion animals and humans.

Please watch this documentary, Genetic Roulette, and share it with as many people as you can.  We can all make this shift in awareness and improve the health of countless animals and people. I wish to keep this blog post brief, so you can spend your time watching this movie and spreading the word.  We can all help countless beings to quickly improve their health and happiness right now and that is what the Kindred Spirits Project is all about.  This is a key to preventive medicine for all beings.   Thank you for watching this and sharing it and spreading the word.  Let us create a healthier, happier world where compassion, health and happiness are more important than corporate greed and government corruption.