Team

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Michele Pich, Grief Counselor

Michele Pich, M.A., M.S., is a Veterinary Grief Counselor, Co-Director of the VetPets Therapy Dog program, and Co-Instructor for a human-animal bond class for veterinary doctoral students at Penn Vet’s Ryan Veterinary Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and is on the Penn Vet Working Dog Center’s Advisory Committee. She is also the Assistant Director of the Faculty Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, and an Adjunct Professor of Law and Justice Studies at Rowan University. She holds Masters degrees in both Clinical/Forensic Psychology, and also in Criminal Justice. Michele has done research in the corrections setting for 10 years, and counseling for various mental health and criminal justice populations for 14 years. She has authored a published book chapter in a veterinary textbook, and co-authored several scholarly journal articles. Michele also conducts “Grief Support and Preparing for Change” workshops for the inmates involved in New Leash on Life USA to help them adjust to the changes that occur when the inmates and dogs graduate from the program. Michele was also lucky enough to adopt one of the canine graduates of New Leash on Life USA, Vivian Peyton, who assists her in her Grief Counseling practice at Penn Vet as a Vet Pets Therapy dog visiting children at the Ronald McDonald House and for grieving pet loss clients. Michele’s dog Vivian Peyton has even been named Therapy Dog Ambassador for the Kennel Club of Philadelphia’s National Dog Show for the last 3 years in a row.


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