Support Services for Veterinary Professionals & Pet Owners



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:

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— Animal Academy Podcast – Why The Animal Academy Podcast Exists

— VetVine’s Virtual Pet Loss and Grief Support Services

— Partnering in Supporting the Path Through Grief

— Veterinary Social Work Corner (Forum)

— VetVine’s Human-Animal Bond – Insights for Veterinary and Pet Care Professionals Program

— CSU Clinical Sciences Department:

— Human Animal Interaction: Research & Practice, of Division 17 – COVID-19 & Pets:

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Animal Academy Podcast: Support Services for Veterinary Professionals & Pet OwnersLori 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, 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 ( She is currently engaged in several research projects pertaining to the intersection of the human animal bond and veterinary medicine.


Animal Academy Podcast: Support Services for Veterinary Professionals & Pet OwnersSheri 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.