July 02, 2020 12:13 PM

As of June 29, MSU's Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care Medicine (ECCM) operations have modified:

All walk-in patients will be evaluated. Life-threatening cases will be admitted. Cases evaluated as stable will be referred to the client’s primary care veterinarian, other facilities, or other services within the MSU Hospital, if possible. Monday–Friday, from 8:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m., the ECCM Service will operate as a “referral only” service. However, walk-in patients with critical illness or immediately life-threatening problems will always receive care. Referring veterinarians should call 517-353-5420 prior to sending any patients to MSU. View the Hospital's full web page.


In response to confirmed cases of COVID-19, the State of Michigan has declared a state of emergency. The University and Hospital are taking actions to help limit potential spread of the virus. To protect the health of the Hospital and local communities, the MSU Pet Loss Support Group will be occurring remotely, and not in person.

We will be using a Zoom link that people can call into via phone or computer.

The Pet Loss Support Group will still occur during the scheduled times, the second and fourth Thursday of the month from 6:30–7:30 p.m.

This format of the meeting will be used until the restrictions are lifted, forseeably Until April 20, 2020.

​Directions to Join Pet Loss Support Group Remotely:

Phone: to place a phone call into the Pet Loss Support Group, please dial 646-876-9923. When prompted, please enter the meeting ID: 720 467 140 # (pound). The system will ask for a participant ID number, but that can be skipped.

Press # (pound) again. You will be directed into the meeting with the other participants.

Computer: to use a computer to dial in via Internet, please make sure your volume is turned up on your computer/speakers.

When ready to join the meeting, please click on this link: https://msu.zoom.us/j/720467140.

If you have any questions, please ask. We will do our best to address any issues as they arise and appreciate your patience as we navigate this fluid situation.

Thank you for your understanding.

More than 80 percent of pet owners in America consider their pets to be members of their families. If their pet dies, is lost or stolen, or must be placed in a new home, the end of that relationship can be one of the most difficult times of their lives. During that time of transition, it is important for people to have a support system that understands the human-animal bond.

The Pet Loss Support Group, run by Veterinary Social Work Services at MSU’s Veterinary Medical Center, offers a safe place for individuals and families to express their feelings and talk about their experiences.

People come from all over the state. Meetings are held the second and fourth Thursdays of every month at 6:30 p.m. in the Veterinary Medical Center. Please enter through the Small Animal Clinic, and you will be directed to the correct room. There is no charge for this service.

Pet Loss Support Group Meeting

  • Meet twice monthly - call for specific dates
  • Offered as a free service
  • Located in the Veterinary Medical Center at MSU
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The Pet Loss Support Group was created to help individuals and/or families understand and express their feelings during the time of transition after the loss of a pet. It provides a safe space to express feelings and experiences.