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Partnering to Help People through Animal Loss:

A Primer for Veterinary Teams and Mental Health Professionals


Saturday, October 12

Lunch and Networking 12:00-1:00pm

Program 1:00-4:15pm


3 hours Continuing Veterinary Medical Education Credit

Endorsed by NASW-NC for 3 hours Social Work continuing education

Veterinary professionals facilitate the death of patients – and confront the grief of their clients – with great frequency but sparse training in how to work with death and dying.  Mental health professionals are also increasingly asked to counsel clients through animal crises and loss, despite a dearth of formal education on the human-animal bond. 

This seminar will close the gap by providing veterinary practitioners and mental health professionals with a shared understanding of how animal loss affects the people we work with -- and how we can collaborate to support them.  Current research on the human-animal bond and loss will be reviewed, and methods for working with animal death – both in the veterinary clinic and in the counselor’s office – will be presented through case examples.  Special attention will be paid to working with people whose animal loss is accompanied by complicated relationships and/or circumstances.  Finally, emerging standards and recommendations around pet loss practice will be presented in order that attendees walk away with real-time tools to better meet the needs of their clients and more effectively partner within their communities.   


Registration is $45 and includes lunch and notes provided electronically

Student registration is $20 and includes lunch and notes provided electronically

Registration is now closed.

Presenter:  Jeannine Moga, MA, MSW, LCSW

12:00 - 1:00





“But this feels different…:” The human-animal bond and grief

The “HAB,” the life course, and family process

Understanding grief


Stages, phases, and tasks

Animal loss and grief:  What the research tells us


Supporting people through the loss of an animal:  tips and tactics

What people need:  information, preparation, closure, and ritual

Anticipatory grief and the end of life

The dying process

Client aftercare

Promoting resilience

Storytelling:  Making it real

Validation:  Making it legitimate

Meaning:  Making it matter




Special issues and special populations in animal loss

Service animals

Working teams

Behavioral euthanasia

Chronic mental illness

Traumatic death


Resources and final recommendations

When – and how – to make an effective referral

Emerging practice standards

Supporting the clinician:  training, supervision and case consultation

Attendees will be able to: