MSW, LSW – Support Services Coordinator
Jennifer Durn obtained a master’s degree in social work from Marywood University, Scranton, Pennsylvania, in 2013. Deeply impacted by losing her own cat, Sunset, to cancer she was inspired to make a difference for other individuals. While in graduate school, she participated in internships within the fields of hospice and oncology and studied international social work in South Korea. During her second year of graduate school, Jennifer created her own internship within a small animal hospital where she supported clients and staff through emotionally challenging situations. Following graduate school, she received a postgraduate Veterinary Social Work Certificate from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Jennifer’s undergraduate degree is in mass communication (Mansfield University, Mansfield, Pennsylvania).
In 2015, Jennifer joined Hope Veterinary Specialists and created the Support Services Program to help families during pet illness, crisis, and loss. Throughout her time at Hope, she has presented programs on pet loss, caregiver stress, supporting children through pet loss, compassion fatigue, and suicide awareness and prevention. She is also a Disaster Mental Health volunteer for the Red Cross and lends support to families who have experienced a sudden and traumatic pet loss due to a catastrophic event.
Jennifer is fortunate to share her home with two dynamic cats named Bridger and Gannett who bring great joy to her life.
It was clear that you not only felt for us-but with us.