Vets described using podcasts, audio books and music as a distraction to take their minds off work and to manage their mood after negative outcomes on farms. This page has links to a sample of podcasts and music by way of illustration. Suggestions of relevant literature have been included in the Further Reading section toward the foot of this page.


The Naked Vet, Julian Norton

“Following in the footsteps of James Herriot, Julian has become famous in North Yorkshire, beyond Thirsk, the Dales and the moors because of his role in the Channel 5 hit series The Yorkshire Vet and through the books he has written, as he tends to all the creatures great and small. Here, you can listen to Julian and his friend, stand up poet Kate Fox, talk about animals, The Yorkshire Vet TV series and answer weird and wonderful questions about being a vet. If you love animals and don't mind a bit of blood and gore, this is the podcast for you.”

Cody Creelman, Cow Vet

“Veterinarian and vlogger, Cody Creelman, dives deep into the topics he's passionate about.”

BBC Radio 4 - Open Country, Devon Farm Vet

“Jules Hudson shadows a large animal vet in Devon to find out how, as farms have changed and grown, their role has changed also.”

Available from the BBC

The Book Grubs: All Creatures Great and Small

“About the Podcast: A book club that meets over facebook, instagram and podcast. Come join us once a month with a cup of tea while we discuss a book! Andrew and Amberlynne Claussen have been married since 2006 and want to share their love of books. They currently live in the Pacific Northwest have 2 kittens, 1 dog and a yard full of free range children.”

Available from the podcast website

TED Talks Daily


Vets spoke about using music to help distract, soothe, or cheer themselves up, e.g. “I tend to listen to music, you know, stick on some music, ideally something that I can sing along to” .

As the choice of music is very personal, there are no ‘definitive’ playlists for helping livestock vets to cope. The playlists below have been compiled by way of illustration, inspired by what vets spoke about.

If you’re on Twitter and would like to suggest other songs and playlists, please use #howfarmvetscope @MindSruc.

Further Reading

The links below provide some further academic reading on some of the topics investigated within the project.

Farm Vet Literature

Other veterinary related literature

Farmer Mental Health

Mood Management