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Counseling and Support Services

We are committed to promoting advancements that improve the health and well-being of animals, people and the environment. We recognize the unique and lasting bonds that exist between humans and their horses, as well as other companion animals. As a crucial member of the veterinary team, our social worker provides counseling and support by focusing on the needs of individuals and families.

Our social worker is on-hand to provide free counseling and support if your horse experiences an emergency, sudden illness or is being treated for a chronic condition.

Our social worker advocates for you by helping you navigate difficult decisions regarding your horse’s health. Counseling is available for support around pet loss, grief, parent-child discussions and other challenges that you may experience.

You Are Not Alone

Our clinical social worker, Eric Richman, MSW, LICSW, leads a free monthly gathering on the third Tuesday of each month from 5:00-6:00 p.m. No registration is necessary. The group offers support to anyone who anticipates or has experienced the loss of a companion animal.

Resources for Domestic Violence Survivors and their Pets

Over the past several years, research has established a link between animal abuse and domestic violence.  This research highlights that violence against a human and abuse of a pet often occurs in the same household.  If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, these resources are available to help all members of the family, including pets.

Pet Loss Support Group

Please join our Live Support Group Via Zoom!

Tuesday, July 19th, 2022 from 5:00-6:00 PM EST

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  • Counselor

    Eric Richman, MSW, LICSW

  • When

    Third Tuesday of each month from 6:00-7:00 p.m.

  • Where

    Tufts Equine Center
    Cummings Veterinary Medical Center
    53 Willard St.
    N. Grafton,  MA  01536

  • Appointments

    Appointment Hours for clients of Cummings Veterinary Medical Center
    Monday through Friday 9:00AM to 4:00PM

    Please email for additional appointment times.

    Eric Richman, MSW, LICSW, Veterinary Social Worker
    55 Willard Street
    North Grafton, MA 01536


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