Angela Garner
Fellow of the Society of Bereavement Practitioners
Animal Bereavement Support Consultant

Working with vet professionals and animal welfare organisations, offering coaching on all aspects of pet loss.
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I’m an Animal Bereavement Support Consultant; I work with vet professionals and animal welfare organisations offering coaching on all aspects of pet loss. I believe the human-animal bond is immensely important in our lives, and I know from personal experience, and from working with pet owners, how distressing the loss of a much loved companion animal can be. Understanding and genuine empathetic support can make a significant difference both before and after such a loss, and this is what I promote in my work.
I found Angela’s session really informative and I learnt a lot from it. I think having some understanding of grief and bereavement in our clients is something that we could all be better equipped to deal with. In my experience it is going to become increasingly important in small animal practice.

XL Equine, St Boniface, Crediton
Thank you so much for your input at yesterday’s workshop for equine owners. It was clear to see that you had given a lot of thought to the event for which I am very grateful. A skim through the feedback forms suggests the same positive feedback.

XL Equine
Understanding the grief process with useful analogies was really helpful.

During a workshop on ‘Coping with Loss’
I attended a course run by Angela and felt that it was extremely beneficial. It gave me a real insight into helping understand the emotional difficulties others may face through bereavement and the various processes that can take place. Angie was both professional and very organised and conducted the course with dignity and compassion. I felt empowered to better deal with bereavement afterwards and would thoroughly recommend Angela in helping to guide one through what can be a very challenging emotion.

Donkey Welfare Adviser, The Donkey Sanctuary
I was apprehensive prior to the training session as it is a very sensitive, raw subject especially to discuss in front of colleagues. Angela ensured the session felt safe and secure and delivered the training in a very kind, sensitive and open way. After the session I felt very glad I attended and feel it will equip me in dealing with bereaved callers in a calmer, understanding way.

Welfare PA/Office Supervisor, The Donkey Sanctuary
I always felt uneasy when people who came into the Visitors’ Centre to ask about memorials got upset. I found that Angela’s workshop really helped me to understand about grief and to feel more confident in knowing how to respond when people become a bit tearful.

Visitors Centre, The Donkey Sanctuary
I just wanted to say a big thank-you for giving a great talk on Saturday. The audience turnout was great and you did a fantastic job – it is an area that previous British Equine Veterinary Association congresses have not really covered and I know that many people in the audience will now feel much more confident dealing with this difficult area.

Debra Archer BVMS PhD CertES(soft tissue) DipECVS FHEA MRCVS
Professor in Equine Surgery, Institute of Infection & Global Health / School of Veterinary Clinical Studies, University of Liverpool
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