Grief Counseling & Other Support Services

We began our Grief Counseling / Pet Loss Support Group March 2013 after seeing so many of our Clients struggle with the loss of a beloved Companion, whether through serious or prolonged illness or humane euthanasia.  In the fall of 2013, we began accepting Interns completing their Masters in Social Work with a Specialty in Veterinary Social Work.  Our Veterinary Social Work (VSW) program is supervised by a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and it is the first of its kind in Texas. The Social Workers provide the following support services, with the assistance of our Patient Service Representatives:

Support when in Hospital: When you visit our Hospital, it is due to an emergency or due to the need for Specialty Care.  We realize how anxiety producing and emotional your visit may be.  A Veterinary Social Worker or PSR is available to assist you, support you, answer your questions about family members (including furry), facilitate information transfer about your Pet from the treatment area, and facilitate difficult decision making.  Sometimes our PSR or Veterinary Social Worker can just be a companion for you while you wait.

Grief Counseling: Our intention is to provide support and reassurance for those dealing with the intense emotions of grief due to Pet loss.  This is a significant loss for most people, and many are confused as to how intense their reactions may be.  We understand that Pets are members of the family, constant companions, and special friends.  The death of a Pet, the shock of loss, and resulting bereavement, are among the most profound emotional traumas we can experience. 

We provide education in understanding the powerful reactions to a Pet’s loss, which are normal but so very hard on the family/individual.  We will support you through your experience, and we follow up with you by phone for support.  We can meet with you individually, or you may attend our Pet Loss Support Group.

Pet Loss Support Group: The Support Group meets at CVSEC twice a month on the 2nd and last Saturdays from 1:00 to 2:30 PM.  Reservations are not required.  We only ask that you bring a picture or pictures of your Pet(s) to share.  We hope that those further along in their grief will join to help others whose grief is fresh.  THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO CHARGE for this group, and you may bring a friend with you.  Even if you are not a Client of CVSEC, this group is open to you.  It is led either by the Licensed Clinical Social Worker and/or by trained Veterinary Social Work Interns.

Caregiver Support Group: In 2019, we are pleased to announce the introduction of our Caregiver Support Group for those Clients who are caring for Pets who are rehabilitating, or who have terminal illnesses.  We understand what you do, how taxing it is emotionally and physically, and how much you need support from others dealing with some of the same issues. The group is held at CVSEC on the last Sunday of each month (beginning February 24, 2019) from 2-3:30 pm.  We welcome Clients of all area veterinary clinics to participate.  THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO CHARGE for attending.  The group is facilitated by our Veterinary Social Worker Sandra Brackenridge, LCSW, BCD and social work interns under her supervision.