2505 S 80th St, Tacoma, WA     

Rachel Wright, MSW, LSWAIC, CDP
Veterinary Social Worker/Client Support

Rachel is a licensed clinical social worker, grief therapist, and credentialed chemical dependency counselor. She has been a clinician since 1997, working with clients in a variety of settings including: community mental health, residential treatment, school-based, private practice, hospitals and hospice agencies. Since 2003, she has been a Pet Partners therapy animal team with multiple animals and has incorporated animal assisted therapy as a powerful tool with clients in the counseling process. For six years, she also worked as the director of programs and therapy animal program manager for Pet Partners.

Rachel is currently pursuing her post-graduate certificate in veterinary social work from the University of Tennessee through the Colleges of Social Work and Veterinary Medicine. She was drawn to veterinary social work due to her own personal experience of losing four of her beloved animals in two years - Mia, Rudy, Fred and Barley. Particularly difficult was the loss of her best friend Mia, a Basset/Labrador mix, who courageously lived with lymphoma for nearly three years. During this time, Rachel worked collaboratively with an interdisciplinary veterinary team. She learned a great deal about veterinary medicine, the “roller-coaster ride” of anticipatory loss and caregiving, and how to navigate her personal grief process. She has learned many powerful lessons and feels honored and grateful to pay these gifts forward to others in need.

In her free time she enjoys photography, traveling, trail running, the ocean, and spending time with her husband and furry family. Her furry menagerie consists of – Byron, a 14 year old flat-coated retriever who thinks he’s a puppy; Coach and Bear, two silly basset hounds; Clover, the diva-bunny; Moose, a 20 lb flemish giant bunny; and Chloe and Cali, two senior kitties.

Rachel is onsite at Summit Wednesdays and Thursdays as well as rotating Tuesdays and Saturdays. Her role includes helping clients with making care decisions, as well as supporting clients through the loss of a pet.

Services include:

  • Grief counseling (outreach bereavement calls, individual and family support)
  • Facilitation of weekly drop-in pet loss support group for clients and community, Thursdays 6:30 – 8 pm at Summit.
  • Help with making and processing difficult decisions (quality of life assessment, treatment decisions, end of life care)
  • Act as liaison between the pet owner and veterinarian team
  • Be present before, during, and after euthanasia
  • Provide referrals to community support services, as needed
  • Provide educational resources, memorial and ritual ideas