Creating a Healthy Community
At Cummings School, our wellbeing focus encompasses the whole person. It’s not just about physical fitness, it’s about providing a safe, healthy, nurturing campus where each community member can excel.
From gatherings and activities to support and guidance to policies and practices, our aim is to create a learning and working environment that inspires each, strengthens all, and helps everyone to be their best selves.
Taking Care of the Caregiver
In 2015, the American Veterinary Medicine Association (AVMA) outlined 9 dimensions of veterinary wellbeing. Together, these dimensions create better mental and physical health for those in the veterinary profession. By knowing and attending to these, veterinarians can support others and help identify areas that need to be addressed.
"We're having to redefine what is the ethical responsibility, that it includes not just working really hard but also keeping oneself well so that you can continue in the work and help with the other people in the profession or in your clinics."
Dr. Elizabeth Strand, PhD, associate clinical professor and founding director of veterinary social work at the University of Tennessee CVM
AVMA 9 dimensions of wellbeing
Being engaged in work that gives you personal satisfaction, and aligns with your values, goals, and lifestyle
Learning new things; Participating in activities that foster critical thinking and expand your worldviews
Having a sense of inner harmony and balance
Surrounding yourself with a network of support built on mutual trust, respect, and compassion
Being able to identify and manage your full range of emotions, and seeking help when necessary
Taking care of your body e.g., getting enough sleep, eating a well-balanced diet, exercising regularly, etc.
Being aware of your personal finances and adhering to a budget that enables you to meet your financial goals
Participating in diverse cultural and artistic experiences
Taking an active role in preserving, protecting and improving the environment