Bond-Centered Practice Curriculum
|Key Components of the Bond-Centered Practice Approach
Bond-Centered Practice Definition
A Bond-Centered Practice supports and responds to the emotional needs created
by the bond.
Bond-Centered Practice Philosophy
- Bond-Centered Practice is a veterinary care paradigm that attends
to the medical needs of animals and the emotional needs of pet owners.
- In a Bond-Centered Practice relationships between people and their
pets are recognized as significant, therefore, they are always acknowledged
- Veterinarians as a whole have an integral role in promoting the formation
of strong, "family status bonds" between pets and pet owners,
thus, they have a moral and ethical responsibility to respond to the
human emotional needs created by these significant relationships. This
is especially true when illness, injury, or death threatens the bond.
- In a Bond-Centered Practice, caring for patients AND clients is viewed
as a professional responsibility. Veterinarians must see themselves
as part of the helping profession and, therefore, morally and ethically
responsible for helping people.
- Bond-Centered Practitioners understand that there are emotional consequences
to every medical intervention (from routine to crisis care) and they
must learn how to effectively prepare for and respond to those emotions.
- Bond-Centered Practice is a human service helping model adapted to
veterinary practice. Since all helping relationships are based on skilled
communication, veterinarians must learn basic communication techniques
and non-medical subject areas that are of concern to pet-owning families.
- Practitioners who work from the Bond-Centered Practice philosophy
are fully prepared to support and respond to the emotional needs created
by the bond by using an established, systematic approach to client and
- In a Bond-Centered Practice intervention focuses on care not just
cure. When nothing more can be done medically there is still more that
can be done emotionally.
- Bond-Centered Practices establish a "culture of care" within
the practice that appropriately support the emotional needs of all those
(self and staff) working in it.