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Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital (MVRH)

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Social Work

Veterinary social work is a specialty that focuses on the human needs of veterinary medicine.

Understanding the significance of the human-animal bond is critical to veterinary medicine. At Mass Vet, our Social Worker Colleen addresses the needs that may arise for both our clients and our staff members.

The changing role of animals in our lives has allowed for the development of veterinary social work; our companions are family, and our veterinary social worker fully acknowledges this. Our social worker is here to help support pet owners during emotionally difficult situations that may arise. As pet owners, we may be presented with overwhelmingly complicated situations, and our social worker is here to help guide you through these tough times with empathy and support.

Social Work Services for Pet Owners

We encourage you to ask us about our Social Worker if you need support in any of the following areas, or something else:

  • Pet loss/grief support (including anticipatory grief)

  • Caregiver support (support for those caring for pets with chronic/hospice needs)

  • Crisis intervention

  • Support when receiving a new diagnosis/new treatment options

  • Support during decision-making

  • Assessing quality of life

  • End of life decision making

  • Facilitating family discussions around patient care

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Social Work Services for Veterinary Staff

We encourage our team members to reach out to our Social Worker if you need support in any of the following areas, or something else:

  • Conflict resolution & ethical/moral dilemma support

  • Crisis intervention

  • Navigating employee resources (counseling, substance use, medical insurance, housing, etc.)

  • Help achieve work-life balance

  • Support groups for bereavement, new parents, dealing with debt, mental health, & more

Meet Our Veterinary Social Worker