Betty J. Carmack - Author of Grieving the Death of a Pet
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About the Author - Betty J. Carmack, Ed.D., R.N.


Pet loss counselor since 1982

Facilitator of SF/SPCA Pet Loss Support Group since 1982

Recipient of the Delta Society's Michael J. McCulloch Memorial Award for "Outstanding Contributions Towards Furthering the Understanding of the Interactions Between People and Companion Animals", 1988

Recipient of the San Francisco SPCA Humanitarian Award, 2001

Professor of Nursing at University of San Francisco School of Nursing since 1975

Presenter of workshops related to pet loss

Speaker to students:

  • UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine
  • DeAnza College Program for Animal Health Technicians

Speaker / presenter to veterinary professionals and veterinary medical associations

Author of articles related to pet loss

Recipient of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing's Regional Award
for Utilization of Research in Nursing Practice for "A Program to Develop Skills in Animal-Assistive Therapy Communication Collaboration"

Principal Researcher, "Experience of Loss of a Companion Animal, " 1998-present