Christina Bach, Director of Clinical Social Work and Pet Bereavement Services, Featured in New Book, One Nation Under Dog
Wednesday, April 01, 2009
Christina Bach, MSW, LSW, director of Clinical Social Work and Pet Bereavement Services at the Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital, is featured in the new book One Nation Under Dog, by Michael Shaffer, published by Henry Holt and Company. Shaffer writes compassionately and often humorously about America's obsession with its pets, and how the $43-billion pet industry reflects Americans' ideas of consumerism, family, politics and domesticity. Chapter 13, "The American Way of Pet Death," discusses the intense grief people often experience when their pets die and writes at length about Ms. Bach's pet-bereavement group at the Ryan Veterinary Hospital. For more information, visit Michael Shaffer's Web site at michaelschaffer.net/.
Penn's School of Veterinary Medicine is one of the world's premier veterinary schools. Founded in 1884, the School was built on the concept of Many Species, One Medicine. The birthplace of veterinary specialties, the School serves a distinctly diverse array of animal patients, from pets to horses to farm animals at our two campuses. In Philadelphia, on Penn's campus, are the Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital for companion animals, as well as classrooms, laboratories and the School's administrative offices. The large-animal facility, New Bolton Center, in Kennett Square, Pa., encompasses hospital facilities for the care of horses and food animals as well as diagnostic laboratories serving the agriculture industry. The School has successfully integrated scholarship and scientific discovery with all aspects of veterinary medical education.
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