The role of family therapists in veterinary medicine: opportunities for clinical services, education, and research

J Marital Fam Ther. 2007 Apr;33(2):165-76. doi: 10.1111/j.1752-0606.2007.00014.x.


Marriage and family therapists (MFTs) are applying their specific skill set in a variety of arenas. A new area for collaboration is veterinary medicine. The veterinary medical profession is emphasizing the importance of non-biomedical skills such as communication skills, acknowledging that human clientele are likely to view their pets as family members, and discussing veterinarian personal well-being. Each of these trends has clear application for intervention by MFTs. A discussion of how MFTs may be uniquely positioned to assist veterinary medicine is presented. An example of collaboration between MFT and veterinary medicine at Kansas State University is highlighted. Recommendations are made for development of effective educational relationships and possible private sector collaborations.

MeSH terms

  • Cooperative Behavior
  • Family Therapy*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Kansas
  • Male
  • Professional Role*
  • Professional-Family Relations*
  • Veterinarians*
  • Veterinary Medicine