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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

Cummings Veterinary Medical Center’s clinical social worker, Eric Richman, MSW, LICSW, leads a free monthly gathering on the third Tuesday of each month from 6:00-7:00 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.

  • 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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