Consulting & Teaching

Dr. Goldberg is dedicated to addressing human-animal relationships in veterinary environments, and other areas of connection or conflict. To optimize her commitment to this work, and more fully engage in clinical social work practice, Katherine is transitioning Whole Animal’s services to consultation, education, and mental health support. 


A core value of Dr. Goldberg’s approach to her work is empowering others to do it in their own communities. She is a passionate provider of continuing education for veterinary professionals and program development for veterinary organizations. She is an experienced speaker for professional conferences, large and small, and enjoys engaging groups in material that is organized to meet their particular needs. From roundtable discussions, to workshops, to case reviews, to traditional presentations, Dr. Goldberg is serious about helping people engage with challenging and controversial material.

If you would like to develop a palliative care service, are looking for cutting edge continuing education for your veterinary team, or want to learn more about animal-related issues in human service organizations, please contact us.

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Veterinary Students and Veterinary Social Work Education

Dr. Goldberg has been engaged in curricular development for veterinary students since 2012. She provides end of life ethics and professional wellbeing education, and developed her elective course, “Current Topics in Serious Illness Care & Palliative Medicine” for 4th year veterinary students. This course is unique within veterinary teaching institutions and was curated in accordance with palliative care competencies in human medicine.

Dr. Goldberg has also provided programming for the Cornell Pet Loss Support Hotline and Student Wellness Initiative, educating veterinary students in the areas of pet loss, grief, bereavement, moral stress, compassion fatigue and self-care.

She has developed content for the University of Tennessee’s Veterinary Social Work Certificate Program in its Animal-Related Grief educational module, and provides online supervision for certification program participants.

If you are affiliated with a veterinary teaching institution or a school of social work, and would like to bring this material to your learners, please contact us.

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Speaking Engagements

Dr. Goldberg is an experienced educator and public speaker in the areas of animal-related ethics, geriatric support, serious illness care, hospice, and palliative care for pets. In addition to speaking at professional meetings, she provides educational programs for humane organizations, obedience/agility groups, and other animal-related communities.

If you have an organization that would like to learn more about these topics, or an event in need of a speaker, please contact us.

Access a full list of speaking engagements here.