Loading

Counseling Services

All are welcome to attend the Pet Loss Support Group or Cleo's Group — a group for pet lovers with chronically ill or aging pets — that meet regularly at the Rosenthal Imaging Treatment Center (RITC). While reservations are not required, you may email Michele to let her know you'll be attending or if you have questions. Each group gathers in the main hospital waiting room, located in Ryan-VHUP. Groups are then held in the conference room of the RITC and it's best to arrive a few minutes early.

Individual and Family Counseling

Counseling services are provided free of charge for clients of the Ryan Veterinary Hospital and their families via telephone or in person at the hospital. Issues commonly addressed during counseling include coping with pet loss, assistance with making euthanasia decisions, coping with a chronically ill companion animal, talking with your children about your sick companion animal, coping with behavior issues and treatment with your animal, memorializing your animal and deciding when to get another companion animal. If clients have a need for ongoing counseling, the grief counselor will assist with referral to outside therapists who are skilled in pet loss and bereavement.

Support Groups

The Pet Loss Support Group

The Pet Loss Support Group is held on the 1st Tuesday of most months from 7pm- 8pm at the Ryan Veterinary Hospital. The group is open to all current and previous hospital clients. The group allows participants to meet with others who have experienced the loss of a beloved companion animal. Participants are encouraged to share the story of their companion animal, their loss, their struggles and their triumphs with coping. The group provides a means to find hope, strength and support through others who have experiences a similar loss. While donations are accepted, the Pet Loss Group is free of charge and free parking is available in the hospital parking lot at 3900 Spruce Street. No children under 16 are permitted at the Pet Loss Group.

Cleo's Group

Cleo's Group — a group for pet lovers with terminally ill, chronically ill or aging pets —  is held on the 3rd Tuesday of every month from 12pm- 2pm. It is important for pet owners to have the necessary emotional support in order to provide their pet with the support they need to get through aging and chronic illness issues. Cleo's Group is free of charge and parking is available in the hospital parking lot at 3900 Spruce Street. No children under 16 are permitted at Cleo's Group.

If you are interested in attending either support group, please contact Michele Pich, the grief counselor at: mpich@vet.upenn.edu or call (215) 746-8247.