Skip to content

Animal-Related Grief & Bereavement

To Purchase a Module, CLICK HERE

You will need to create an account in order to register for online modules and face-to-face events if this is your first time using this system. 

Online Module

Animal related grief and bereavement is a real form of loss.  Many health professionals miss the intensity of the loss as well as the opportunity for healing that resides in the special bereavement process. This certificate provides education, training, and experience in helping people through this form of loss through didactic and experiential means.  The online module is a pre-requisite to the face to face workshop.

Through this online module students will be able to:

  • Identify special considerations regarding the loss of an animal.
  • Identify and discuss grief experiences for special populations.
  • Identify at least 3 evidence-based treatment interventions for animal loss.
  • Identify at least 5 rituals or ways to memorialize after an animal’s death.
This module is approved by the National Association of Social Work for 14 contact hours.


Sarina Manifold, LCSWSarina is the Clinical Social Worker at the University of Tennessee Veterinary Medical Center, where she provides crisis intervention, end-of-life and treatment decision-making, and grief counseling to clients of the Small and Large Animal Hospitals as well as to members of the community.  She oversees communication training for UTCVM’s veterinary medical students and also holds an Assistant Professor of Practice appointment at the University of Tennessee College of Social Work. She graduated from High Point University in High Point, NC with her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, and received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Tennessee.

Sarina has had an interest in grief and bereavement support for many years. As a Veterinary Social Worker her main focus is on grief and bereavement support for individuals and families who have experienced the death of their companion animal. She also has an interest in compassion fatigue support and communication skills for animal related professionals.

The Animal Related Grief & Bereavement online module has been approved by the NASW for 14 contact hours.

Face-to-Face Workshop

Our next Animal Related Grief & Bereavement face-to-face workshop will be included in the spring Veterinary Social Work intensive held in Knoxville, March 2018.

Content for Compassion Fatigue & Conflict Management and The Link between Human & Animal Violence will also be covered.

Completion of the following online modules is required to attend the VSW Intensive: Compassion Fatigue and Conflict Management, Animal Related Grief & Bereavement, and The Link between Human and Animal Violence.

To be the first to receive registration information, join our email list

Please email any questions to or call (865) 696-1117.

The flagship campus of the University of Tennessee System and partner in the Tennessee Transfer Pathway.