Veterinary Social Work

Consultation and Appointments

Services Offered

Similar to hospital or medical social workers in other health care settings, the veterinary social work service is available to help you navigate every step of your pet’s care. Clients may receive support from the veterinary social worker in a variety of ways:

  • As a liaison between you and your veterinary care team
  • To facilitate decision-making
  • To assist during crisis
  • To help in making quality-of-life assessments
  • In euthanasia decision-making
  • For support before, during, and/or after euthanasia
  • As support for discussions with children
  • Grief counseling

Confidential consultation and short-term grief counseling services with a licensed mental health provider are available at no cost to Veterinary Teaching Hospital clients. Clients may receive confidential short-term grief counseling (up to five 60-minute sessions) free of charge. You may ask your veterinary team for a referral, or you may contact the veterinary social worker directly by email at or by phone at 540-231-5977. These confidential services are provided within limits regarding legal or ethical exceptions to confidentiality.


Confidential counseling services are provided by a licensed mental health provider within limits regarding legal or ethical exceptions to confidentiality. Support includes consultation, assessment and referral, and short-term counseling. Feel free to reach out with any questions.