Grief Support & Social Services

Penn Vet, Ryan Hospital, grief servicesThe Veterinary Grief Counseling Program at Penn Vet’s Ryan Veterinary Hospital was created to address the emotional needs of pet parents/owners who have lost a companion animal. This program was one of the first of its kind in a veterinary hospital setting.

The Veterinary Grief Counseling Program recognizes and embraces the significance and difficulties associated with pet loss. By promoting education about the human–animal bond, grief and bereavement, the Veterinary Grief Counseling Program strives to improve coping and adjustment for those who have lost a beloved companion animal.

What We Offer

Support Groups

Michele Pich, Grief Counselor, Penn VetMichele Pich, MA, MS
Grief counselor
Email: mpich@vet.upenn.edu
Ryan Hospital
3900 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Penn Vet Pet Grief
Support Group:

First Tuesday of most months, 7-8:30 pm

Cleo's Caregivers Group
(for current caretakers of
ill or aging pets):
Third Tuesday of most months 12-2 pm