The mission of Honoring the Bond is to recognize and honor the human-animal bond by providing support to animal owners. Honoring the Bond services are available, at no cost, to clients of the Ohio State Veterinary Medical Center.
Resources for Pet Owners
- How Will I Know? Assessing Quality of Life and Making Difficult Decisions for your Pet
- Coping with the Loss of a Companion Animal
- Helping Children Cope with Illness or Death of an Animal
- Do Companion Animals Grieve?
- Euthanasia for Behavioral Issues: A Complicated and Difficult Decision
Our Veterinary Social Worker can assist in the following ways:
- Act as a liaison between the animal owner and veterinary medical team
- Provide crisis intervention during difficult situations
- Assist in processing difficult decisions (quality of life assessments, treatment decisions)
- Be present before, during, and/or after euthanasia
- Facilitate family discussions with children
- Provide assessment and referral for further follow-up counseling, if needed
- Provide resources, including reading lists, websites, counselor and pet loss support
Joelle Nielsen, Honoring the Bond program coordinator, speaks about all she does in the video below, made by the College of Social Work.