Veterinary Social Work Certificate Program (VSW-CP)
The University of Tennessee Veterinary Social Work Certificate Program (VSW-CP) trains University of Tennessee College of Social Work M.S.S.W. students in the four areas of Veterinary Social Work:
- The link between human and animal violence
- Grief and loss
- Animal assisted interactions
- Compassion fatigue management
The program offers a comprehensive foundation in veterinary social work topics focusing on the knowledge and skills needed to integrate animals into social work practice in ethically sound ways and in keeping with the values of the social work profession.
The vision of VSW-CP is to produce professional social workers knowledgeable in the practice and skills necessary to help people through human animals relationships in a variety of settings and through a variety of micro and macro practice methods.
The VSW-CP begins in Fall 2010 and is delivered in an on-line format. Although delivered on-line, students will also attend four face-to-face weekend retreats in Nashville, Tennessee. Additionally, students will complete field practice training in settings that focus on or accommodate human-animal relationships.
Below is a presentation (with audio and approximately 5 minutes in length) of the Certificate Program, done by Dr. Elizabeth Strand:
How to apply
In order to complete the VSW-CP you must be a University of Tennessee College of Social Work M.S.S.W. student. If you are not already a student at the UT College of Social Work, you will need to apply for the College's M.S.S.W. program. Please click here to get information about the application procedure.
Once you are accepted as a M.S.S.W. student in the UT College of Social Work, you will then write a one-page letter expressing your intention to complete the VSW-CP. This letter should be sent via email to:
Elizabeth B. Strand, Ph.D., LCSW
Associate Clinical Professor
Director, Veterinary Social Work
University of Tennessee
College of Veterinary Medicine
Dr. Strand will then contact you for a brief overview discussion about the program and a brief exploration of your goals and expectations for completing the certificate.