Pet Chaplain® is a nonprofit service that trains individuals and groups in veterinary pastoral care. We can train you and your staff to support people who grieve the loss of animals. You may study online to become a registered Pet Chaplain®. Read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
page to learn more.
Pastoral care is a proven model of emotional and spiritual support that can be found in all cultures and religious traditions. We are an educational institute not a religious organization. We believe bereavement care should mirror the emotional and spiritual needs of grieving pet owners and veterinary staff.
James Herriot, British surgeon and author of All Creatures Great and Small, wrote, "If having a soul means being able to feel love and
loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans,” (Herriot 1986).
And according to Veterinarian Susan Eddlestone: "The definition of spirit and soul in people for me often intertwine if you leave religion out. For animals...I do feel that there is a spirit and soul unique to that individual," (quoted in Ware 2018).
Do you grieve the loss of a special pet or other animal? Do you sometimes struggle for what to say to your clients, congregants, or community members when they grieve for animals? Do you or your staff experience compassion fatigue?
We will teach you about the human-animal bond and bereavement and train you to help others adapt to grief and loss. Our staff have clinical experience and more than 20 years pastoral practice. We offer online training paired with hands-on experience in veterinary pastoral care. We can assist you and your staff with your training needs.
Association for Veterinary Pastoral Education
Disclaimer: Chaplains supply the Association for Veterinary Pastoral Education (AVPE) with information about their education, professional experience and character. The AVPE reviews, but does not routinely verify information supplied by chaplains for posting on the AVPE web site. The AVPE conducts cursory reference checks on chaplains. The AVPE recommends that parties contact chaplains directly to review their qualifications with them.
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