M.B.A., University of Illinois
M.S.W., University of Illinois
Licensed Social Worker
Cheryl Weber is a licensed social worker specializing in the human-animal bond and grief. She provides emotional support, crisis intervention, and grief education to companion animal clients of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Weber has a bachelor's degree in psychology from Illinois State University and master's degrees in social work and business from Illinois. With extensive experience as a hospice social worker, she brings sensitivity and understanding to clients when their pet family member is ill or injured.
At Illinois, Weber also teaches a course on bereavement issues in veterinary practice. She educates veterinary students about compassionate communication skills, end-of-life care, and stress management. She supervises two of the College's outreach programs: the C.A.R.E. Pet Loss Helpline and A Pet's Place (no-cost housing for pets of women staying at local domestic violence shelters). She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and the American Association of Human-Animal Bond Veterinarians. Weber and her husband share their home with Peanut, a rescued mixed-breed dog.
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