At the intersection where the needs of pets and pet-owners meet, social work has found its place in veterinary medicine. When a companion animal becomes ill, owners are often faced with difficult decisions. Counselors in a veterinary setting can assist clients with these decisions, as well as provide grief counseling, and more. During challenging times when anxiety and emotions are often high for pet owners, a veterinary counselor offers support on a multi-faceted level.
Eric Richman, MSW, LICSW, is a clinical social worker at Cummings Veterinary Medical Center. He provides counseling and support services to clients at both the small and large animal hospitals. Eric graduated from Boston University School of Social Work where he earned a master’s degree in Social Work. He has worked as a medical social worker for 25 years at several teaching hospitals in the Boston area before joining Cummings School. Eric has a wide range of professional interests including providing support during emergencies, counseling for clients who are caring for sick animals, facilitating parent-child discussions, developing support groups, and grief counseling. Additionally, he has compiled a wide range of resources that he would like to share with clients.