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Counseling and Support Services


Promoting the health and well-being of animals, people, and the environment

We recognize the unique and lasting bonds between people and their companion animals. As part of the veterinary team, our social worker provides counseling and support, focusing on the needs of individuals and families.

Our social worker is available, at no charge, to provide counseling and support to you if your companion animal experiences an emergency, sudden illness, or is being treated for a chronic condition.

Our social worker advocates for you by helping you navigate difficult decisions regarding your pet’s health. Counseling is available that focuses on pet loss, grief, parent-child discussions, quality of life, and other challenges that you may experience.

You Are Not Alone

Our clinical social worker, Eric Richman, MSW, LICSW, will be leading a free monthly gathering on the third Tuesday of each month from 5:00-6:00 p.m. No registration is necessary. 

The group offers support to anyone who anticipates or has experienced the loss of a pet or companion animal. Call our social worker with questions at 508-887-4371.

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Appointment Hours
Monday through Friday 9:00AM to 4:00PM
Please call for additional appointment times
Eric Richman, MSW, LICSW, Veterinary Social Worker
55 Willard Street
North Grafton, MA 01536

Resources for Domestic Violence Survivors and their Pets

Over the past several years, research has established a link between animal abuse and domestic violence.  This research highlights that violence against a human and abuse of a pet often occurs in the same household.  If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, these resources are available to help all members of the family, including pets.

Do you have emergency?

The Emergency Service at the Foster Hospital for Small Animals is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help you and your pet. We serve central Massachusetts as a primary emergency hospital, and New England and beyond for referral of critically ill or injured pets.

Henry & Lois Foster Hospital for Small Animals

Cummings Veterinary Medical Center at Tufts University
55 Willard St.
N. Grafton, MA 01536
Fax: 508-839-7951
Pharmacy: 508-887-4850