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If you’ve ever had a pet then you likely understand the emotional connection that, we, as humans, can share with an animal. But if you’ve ever lost a family pet to age or illness, you also understand the very real feelings of pain and grief that can accompany this loss.  For this reason and others, UT Knoxville’s Elizabeth Strand helped bring about and define the new field of Veterinary Social Work. Veterinary Social Work extends to all humans who deal with animals from pet owners to veterinarians to students. Watch this video to learn more about the program and its offerings.


This summer, the College of Veterinary Medicine will host pet loss support group meetings on June 14, July 12, August 9, and August 23. For more information visit