Social Work Services

The University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center (VMC) recognizes the unique and enduring bonds that form between people and their animals – animals who are family members, confidantes, partners, and best friends. When these bonds are tested by illness, behavior problems, injury, or death, it can feel overwhelming.

As an important part of the veterinary team, our social workers are here to care for "the other end of the leash" (or lead rope): You

Are you a social service provider or veterinary professional looking for professional consultation, training, or resources related to human-animal relationships? Please call us. We can help.

Additional Resources

Grief & Loss

End of Life Planning

End of Life Planning

Hospice and Home Euthanasia


If you are interested in home burial, please contact your municipality for burial regulations first. It is also critical to check for gas lines prior to digging a grave on your property (Gopher State One Call, 1-800-252-1166).

Animal Inn Pet Cemetery, Lake Elmo, MN 651-777-0255


Animal Abuse & Family Violence

Animal Abuse & Family Violence

If you suspect that an animal is being abused or neglected, please call your local animal control officer. You may also call Animal Humane Society Humane Investigations at 763-489-2236.

If you are in danger, please call the Day One MN Domestic Violence Crisis Hotline at 

Local Resources


The Case of the Battered Pet