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Susan Cohen, DSW



  • , DSW, Columbia University School of Social Work, 1998

Current Professional Activities

  • Facilitate support groups for veterinarians (VIN Foundation), Managers (VIN), animal welfare workers (ASPCA), and grieving pet lovers (Downtown Veterinary Medical Hospitals)
  • Consult with veterinary practices and organizations
  • Lecture to veterinary groups, pet service organizations, and social work groups
  • Write book chapters, scholarly artiicles
  • Serve on Institutional Review Board for veterinary research
  • Vice-Chair--Social Workers Advancing the Human-Animal Bond (SWAHAB)

Past Professional Activities

  • Director of Counseling, The Animal Medical Center, NYC 1982-2011

Current Research/Clinical Interests

  • Human-Animal interaction
  • Pet loss
  • Stress among professionals


  • Heart of Veterinary Social Work Award for Excellence in Human-Animal Interaction Teaching, IVSWS International Social Work Summit, 2013
  • Lois T. Benezet Award for Career Achievement, The Colorado College, 2011
  • Distinguished Service Award, Veterinary Medical Association of NYC (first non-veterinarian to receive this award), 1989


  • Proud tenor in the Brooklyn Conservatory Chorale

Favorite Quote

  • "The only thing better than singing is more singing." - Ella Fitzgerald

What I like most about VIN

  • VIN pays attention to the needs of members and then provides services to meet those needs.