New AAEP Blog Shares Career, Life Balance Experience

Five veterinarians are sharing personal stories through the American Association of Equine Practitioners’ Stable Living blog, a new feature on the AAEP’s website dedicated to helping equine veterinarians balance the demands of career with life outside of practice.

Launched in late February and filled with humor and honesty, the blog is an exchange of ideas for equine veterinarians from all backgrounds who strive to make a home life and a demanding profession work together. Topics have included bringing a baby to work, rethinking the generational gap and defending a less-than-traditional ambulatory vehicle.

Stable Living bloggers are:

Beau Whitaker, DVM, of Salado, Texas, an associate veterinarian who specializes in lameness and imaging. He and his wife have two young daughters and he is involved in the family’s small art business when he’s not practicing.

Jennifer Selvig, DVM, is one of eight veterinarians at a clinic in the southern metropolitan area of Minnesotaís Twin Cities. She splits her time between routine farm calls, in-clinic practice and treating racehorses at Canterbury Park. She and her husband Berner own several animals, including dogs, cats, a goat and a leopard gecko.

Betsy Charles, DVM, of Fallbrook, California, is a faculty member at Western University College of Veterinary Medicine and is pursuing board certification in radiology. She has been involved with the Veterinary Leadership Experience and the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Council on Communication, and she is currently a member of the AAEP Student Relations Committee.

Charlie Scoggin, DVM, of Paris, Kentucky, is a resident veterinarian at a Thoroughbred breeding farm. His professional interests include reproduction, neonatal care, lameness and herd health management. He is a current member of the AAEP Membership Development Committee. He and his wife Kristen have two children, Eliza, 6, and Charlie, 4.

Erin Denney-Jones, DVM, of Clermont, Florida, is the owner of a pleasure and performance horse practice with a staff of two veterinarians. She and her husband have a young son who often rides along on farm visits.

To read Stable Living, visit

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