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Emergency coverage is a common stressor for equine practitioners. As the profession grapples with the evolution of this foundational yet burnout-inducing facet of equine practice, innovative emergency coverage models have emerged.

Whether it’s the collaborative efforts of area colleagues who put competitive pressures aside; a clever rotation schedule that allows for a four-day work week in a multi-doctor practice; or the use of a relief veterinarian to provide support, the structure of this core service is transforming so that equine veterinarians can both successfully ensure after-hours client care and enjoy life outside of veterinary medicine. 

The Emergency Coverage Subcommittee has developed the following resources to help veterinarians implement new after-hours policies in equine practice. 


NEW: AAEP Practice Life Podcast (July 26, 2023): Strategies from the Emergency Coverage Subcommittee

Forming an Emergency Cooperative

Emergency-Only Practice Model