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Karen Donovan

Karen Donovan

I am a licensed veterinary technologist with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. I was the recipient of the Bernard Mausner Psi Chi award; this award is given to the graduate who is believed to make the most significant contribution in the field of human services. I am an Adjunct Instructor for the veterinary technology program at Manor College. I received my counseling training from the Association of Pet Loss and Bereavement (APLB). I became a certified APLB counselor in Feb 2017.

I am in the process of developing a comprehensive hospice care program at Rau Animal Hospital in Glenside, PA. As a progressive nine Doctor practice in the suburbs of Philadelphia, our aim is to offer clients palliative and comfort care for their pets. My goal is to help pets to be pain free, prevent dehydration and ensure they are getting the appropriate nutrition by offering in home oral and injectable medications, administering subcutaneous fluids, laser therapy, reiki and acupuncture. In addition, I offer compassionate, non-judgmental, individual or group therapy to adults, teens and children coping with the loss or anticipatory loss of their pet. My approach to counseling focuses on understanding the unique relationship between pet owner and pet while offering coping strategies and education about end-of-life and the grieving process.

I reside in Glenside, PA with my wife Joy, 2 cats Miss Kittie and Reillie and 2 dogs Rubie and new pup Mellie. In my spare time I enjoy gardening, cooking and walking. I love to travel and since moving here from Ireland I have had the opportunity to travel this wide and beautiful country. I have recently completed a new home in Lake Lure, NC where I intend to vacation and eventually retire.

Memberships include: National American Veterinary Technicians Association (NAVTA) Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association (PVMA) Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement (APLB) International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care (IAAHPC)

Email: Phone: 215 885 1091