Loretta TrumanClinic Counselor Veterinary Teaching Hospital
Loretta Truman, LCSW, is a social worker and clinic counselor with the Argus Institute. Originally from Kansas City, Loretta obtained her bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and International Studies from Loyola University Chicago. Loretta chose the University of Denver for graduate school, for its Institute for Human-Animal Connection and animal-assisted social work specialization. Loretta obtained her master’s degree in social work and animal-assisted social work certification from the University of Denver in 2017. Loretta has experience providing animal-assisted individual therapy to children in residential treatment with her therapy dog, Teddy, in addition to facilitating canine and equine therapy groups. Before joining the Argus team, Loretta worked as a counselor in the adoption field, focusing on crisis intervention and grief and loss. As a member of the Argus team, Loretta provides support to pet families who are making challenging health decisions, experiencing grief and loss, and assessing quality-of-life and end-of-life considerations for their beloved animal family members. Loretta also provides support for veterinary professionals, focusing on self-care and wellness education. Loretta moved to Fort Collins from Denver, and she lives with her two pups, Teddy, a sweet and laid-back Australian Shepherd mix, and Elsa, a spunky and bubbly dachshund mix. In her free time, Loretta enjoys reading, trying out new recipes, and taking her dogs on mountain adventures.