Pets and People was founded by Dr Micheal O’Donoghue BVSc and Penny Carroll B Ed, M Ed Studies (Guidance and Counselling) to provide a supportive process to help people through the grief often experienced through the loss of a companion animal.
Dr Micheal O’Donoghue BVSc Graduated from the University of Queensland in 1992 and has practiced as a Vet in Australia and the United Kingdom. After Spending time at the University of California Davis pet loss center and working with Bonnie Mader, He beame aware of the long term impact of pet loss and endevoured to help people in the area of pet loss. He researched the area of companion pet loss and the significant impact this can have on peoples lives.
Penny Carroll B Ed, M Ed Studies (Guidance and Counselling) has woked as an educator and counsellor for more than 20 years. Pets have always been a part of Penny’s life. Her work as a grief counsellor had lead her into the area of companion pet loss counselling.
Currently working as a lecturer and counsellor, I have had broad experience with both adults and children. In previous positions as teacher, in pastoral care and as school counsellor, much of my work has been in the area of loss and grief. I understand the many dimensions of pet loss, through both professional and personal experience. As an animal lover, animals have always been part of my life growing up and with my own children and grandchildren. I have a deep respect for all life, human and animal and for the human-animal bond that exists for many people.
I am a member of the Australian Guidance & Counselling Association, the Australian Counselling Association and the Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement. I am available for counselling at a number of venues in Brisbane and Caboolture and may be available for home visits when time permits.
I have developed a workbook to assist people in an ongoing way to understand grief, to look at and acknowledge their loss and also find ways to remember their beloved companion.
Phone: 07 3720 0107
Mobile : 0419 709 437