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Honoring the Bond
The mission of Honoring the Bond is to recognize and honor the human-animal bond by providing support to companion animal owners. Honoring the Bond services are available, at no cost, to clients of The OSU Veterinary Medical Center.
Our primary role is to provide emotional support and information to companion animal owners that are experiencing the illness, injury, loss or death of their companion animal. Through specialized training we also provide veterinary teams and students with the communication skills needed to promote quality veterinary care and veterinary career success. The Honoring the Bond Program also serves as a field training/internship site for graduate social work students.
Joelle Nielsen, MSW, LSW, Honoring the Bond Program Coordinator
(614) 247-8607 or e-mail at joelle [dot] nielsen [at] cvm [dot] osu [dot] edu
A full-time, licensed social worker, employed by the Ohio State Veterinary Medical Center
Joelle Nielsen, Honoring the Bond program coordinator, 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?" Read the article
Joelle is interviewed on the WCRN radio show The Sound of Ideas. Listen to the show, "When Our Beloved Pets Die" here.