Mental Health Awareness Month Podcast: Grief & Bereavement

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Jun 02, 2020

Compassion-First Pet Hospitals is proud to offer a new podcast series promoting awareness and education about common mental health challenges in the veterinary industry.

In our fourth podcast, Dr. Lund and Sarina discuss grief and bereavement in the veterinary industry.  Like many things in life, practicing veterinary medicine isn’t all puppies and kittens. Because of euthanasia and the short life span of the patient, veterinarians and staff experience a stress unknown to other medical practitioners.

This podcast discusses the unique problem veterinary professionals face and how to manage feelings of grief and bereavement. Dr. Lund and Sarina also discuss the difference between grief and bereavement, contributing factors to grief, signs to look for in yourself and in others, and how to address this topic with a co-worker or an employee.  The podcast also includes helpful tips and resources (linked below) for managing grief.

Did you miss our other Mental Health Awareness Month podcasts?  You can listen here.

About the speakers:

Elizabeth M. Lund, DVM, MPH, PhD
VP, Veterinary Informatics, Compassion-First Pet Hospitals

Dr. Lund is a companion animal epidemiologist with over 25 years of professional experience leveraging digital pet health data to generate evidence and insights for organizational strategy and success.  Over her career she has worked in diverse sectors of animal health, including private equine practice, academia, corporate veterinary practice and, public health.  In her current role at Compassion-First, Liz leads data-driven organizational initiatives that optimize patient outcomes, medical quality, and operational efficiency.  Most recent professional roles include President of DataDogs, LLC, a big data consulting company and Senior Director-Research for Banfield Pet Hospital, a division of Mars Petcare.

Sarina Manifold, LCSW
Owner at Authentic Healing Counseling, PLLC

Sarina is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker 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, provided support and coaching to members of the UTCVM veterinary teams on issues of compassion fatigue, and oversaw the communication training for UTCVM’s veterinary medical students. She moved to NC in 2019 with her family and now owns a private mental health 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. 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. In her free time, Sarina enjoys exercising (home workouts, running, and riding her road bike), reading, and spending time with her family and friends. Sarina’s fur-family members include their 16-year-old cat, Jasper and their 6-and-a-half-year-old Shepherd-mix, Finn.

You can contact Sarina by visiting her website -


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