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.
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
Resources for Pet Owners
- Difficult Decision Making
- How Do I Know When it's time? Assessing Quality of Life and making End-of-Life Decisions
- Coping with the Loss of a Companion Animal
- Helping Children Cope with Illness or Death of an Animal
- Do Companion Animals Grieve?
Joelle Nielsen, Honoring the Bond program coordinator, speaks about all she does in the video below, made by the College of Social Work.
Joelle Nielsen was interviewed by OnCampus, Ohio State's faculty and staff newspaper. Out of about 20 job nomiations, the publication listed Nielsen's as one of the most unique careers at the university. Read the article.
Joelle is quoted in The Columbus Dispatch article "What price is right in extending a pet's life?"
Joelle is interviewed on the WCRN radio show The Sound of Ideas. Listen to the show, "When Our Beloved Pets Die" here.