In order to serve our communities holistically, social workers must understand the importance of animals in the lives of our clients. To do so, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville created and launched the Veterinary Social Work Certificate Program. The goal of the Veterinary Social Work Certificate is to increase the number of social workers who have knowledge about human-animal interaction, increase skills in animal-assisted interaction, direct practice within grief & loss, and increase awareness of the link between interpersonal violence and animal abuse. The certificate in Veterinary Social Work is seen as similar to other certificates in the MSSW certificates, such as school social work. The model of the certificate is flexible and can be adapted easily to the curriculum and requirements.
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