A Special Day to Honor the Lives and Loss of Companion Animals  


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The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine will remember all pets at its winter Pet Memorial Celebration and PAWt-luck Dinner on December 15 in Knoxville. Those wishing to remember their pets are encouraged to RSVP to vetsocialwork@utk.edu​ or calling 865-755-8839.


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – In an effort to help pet owners celebrate the lives of their companion animals, both living and deceased, Veterinary Social Work (VSW) at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine is hosting its Winter Pet Memorial Celebration Friday, December 15, 2017, from 6 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. The event, which is free and open to the public, allows people to reflect on the impact pets have on their lives. Participants are invited to bring a human-friendly food item to share at the “PAWtluck” dinner that reminds them of their animal. 

Sarina Manifold, licensed clinical social worker and Assistant Professor of Practice with VSW, says the opportunity to gather with others who have also experienced the loss of an animal can be therapeutic. “People should realize they don’t have to grieve alone.  They can share stories of beloved animals and know they are supported through their loss.” Manifold says the event is an opportunity to find new ways to memorialize their pets. 

Participants are encouraged to bring copies of photos of their pet that can be used in a memorial art project. 

The free event will be held in the Sequoyah Room at the College of Veterinary Medicine on the UT agricultural campus which is located at 2407 River Drive off Neyland Drive in Knoxville.

Reservations are required. Please RSVP by Wednesday, December 13, by emailing Veterinary Social Work at
vetsocialwork@utk.edu​ or calling 865-755-8839.

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Sandra Harbison, CVM media relations, 865-974-7377,