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I’ve had the privilege to have known many veterinary professionals, from veterinarians, veterinary nurses and veterinary technicians over the years who have provided quality care to my pets. These professionals have challenges that most people are unaware of. Besides taking care of our animals, they also have to help their human clients deal with issues such as pet loss and bereavement. There’s also a high rate of compassion fatigue and suicide among veterinary professionals, which is tragic.
During this episode of the Animal Academy Podcast, I am honored to speak with Dr. Lori Kogan and Dr. Sheri Berger so they can discuss the services they offer to the veterinary community as well as resources for pet owners.
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Links from this Episode:
— Allison White https://www.facebook.com/allison.white.399826
— Animal Academy Podcast – Why The Animal Academy Podcast Exists
— VetVine’s Virtual Pet Loss and Grief Support Services https://bit.ly/VetVinePLS
— Partnering in Supporting the Path Through Grief https://www.vetvine.com/article/677/partnering-in-supporting-the-path-through-grief
— Veterinary Social Work Corner (Forum) https://www.vetvine.com/forums/62/veterinary-social-work-corner
— VetVine’s Human-Animal Bond – Insights for Veterinary and Pet Care Professionals Program http://bit.ly/VV_HAB
— CSU Clinical Sciences Department: https://vetmedbiosci.colostate.edu/cs/
— Human Animal Interaction: Research & Practice, of Division 17 – COVID-19 & Pets: https://www.apa-hai.org/human-animal-interaction/
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Allison is a licensed clinical social worker who has worked in the field of mental health for over 27 years. She has been involved in programs that value the human-animal connection including therapy dog work, obedience, agility, conformation, herding and field work. When her dogs encountered sports-related injuries, she was introduced to the field of canine rehabilitation and sport’s medicine. Her passion has been to recognize this human-animal bond and what we can learn from animals, which improves our own quality of life by allowing us to experience their unconditional love, devotion and intelligence.
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Lori Kogan, Ph.D:
Lori Kogan is a Professor of Clinical Sciences for the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State University and a licensed psychologist. She is the Chair of the Human-Animal Interaction section of the American Psychological Association and Editor of the Human-Animal Interaction Bulletin, an open-access, online publication supported by Division 17 (Counseling Psychology) of the American Psychological Association. She is also the creator of fidofortcollins.org/, a website devoted to the dissemination of unbiased pet information. She has published numerous journal articles and book chapters, and co-edited books including ‘Pet Loss, Grief, and Therapeutic Interventions: Practitioners Navigating the Human-Animal Bond’, ‘Clinician’s Guide to Treating Companion Animal Issues: Addressing Human-Animal Interaction’ and given invited presentations on topics related to human animal interactions in both psychology and veterinary medicine venues (https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Lori_Kogan). She is currently engaged in several research projects pertaining to the intersection of the human animal bond and veterinary medicine.
Sheri L. Berger, DVM, DACVO:
After over 18 years of private practice experience, including serving as Medical Director of a specialty and referral center in New York City, Dr. Berger founded PetsVetSpace, LLC (DBA VetVine) in 2007 and currently serves as CEO and Chief Visionary Officer of the Company. During her practice career Dr. Berger worked in veterinary specialty centers in which her duties included the supervision and training of over 300 veterinary interns and residents as well as providing continuing education to veterinarians around the country. In February 2002, New York Magazine recognized Dr. Berger as one of New York City’s Best Vets in Ophthalmology! Dr. Berger currently lives in New York City where she oversees operations of VetVine.