Befriending Your Grief: How to Cope with Euthanasia
and other Veterinary-Related Losses

Presented by Sarina Manifold, LCSW

8 pm ET/5 pm PT, Wednesday, June 16, 2021

This webinar is FREE for all attendees.
RACE CE will be provided to current HSVMA members ONLY


Veterinary professionals often go into the field with a passion for animal welfare. One of the realities of the role is that we are faced with the death of the animals in our care, often multiple times daily, and in many cases, we assist in aiding end of life through euthanasia. While there has been a little more education and information provided to veterinary professionals on how to support animal owners through their grief, very little attention is paid to the grief veterinary professionals experience themselves. This program covers grief reactions related to the primary and secondary losses veterinary professionals experience every day.

This presentation will address the following objectives:

  • Provide an understanding of grief and how it can manifest
  • Provide an awareness of disenfranchised grief in the animal care profession
  • Provide a discussion of the overlap of grief and compassion fatigue
  • Provide ideas on how to cope with euthanasia and other veterinary-related losses based in theory

We hope you'll join us for this important welfare-focused webinar. The webinar is open to all participants. 

This webinar is approved for 1.5 hours of RACE CE credits for veterinarians and veterinary technicians (non-medical/interactive category). CE credits will be provided FREE to current HSVMA members ONLY. If you are not yet an HSVMA member or need to renew your membership, please visit the HSVMA website HERE.


PRESENTER: Sarina Manifold, LCSW

Sarina is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in TN and NC, and Adjunct Professor with the University of Tennessee College of Social Work. Sarina previously worked at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine for 10 years as one of the clinical social workers who provided grief support and crisis intervention to clients of the Small and Large Animal Hospitals and members of the community, provided counseling to UTCVM students and House Officers, and oversaw the communication training for UTCVM’s veterinary medical students.

She has moved to NC with her family and now owns a private practice where she continues to provide Veterinary Social Work services. Specifically she offers grief counseling for the loss of an animal, counseling to animal care professionals to help manage compassion fatigue, and consultation to the community for animal related issues. Sarina is also available to conduct presentations on the following topics: animal related grief & bereavement, supporting animal owners in emotional distress, compassion fatigue & self-care, and improving communication in veterinary teams.

She graduated from High Point University in High Point, NC with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, and received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Tennessee.