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Dr. Elizabeth Strand, LCSW

Director

Biography

Dr. Elizabeth Strand is the Founding Director of Veterinary Social Work (VSW) at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. She is a licensed clinical social worker, experienced family therapist, Grief Recovery Specialist, and a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher. She has been working in the field of social work for 20 years.

She also is trained as a Rule 31 Mediator, Child, and Adult Anicare Animal Abuse Treatment counselor, a Compassion Fatigue Specialist and holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work.

Her interest-areas include the link between human and animal violence, animals in family systems, the development of veterinary social work, communication skills, conflict resolution, and stress management techniques in animal-related environments.

Her professional mission is to encourage the humane treatment of both people and animals and to care for those professionals who care for animals.


    Veterinary Social Work

    UT College of Veterinary Medicine
    UT College of Social Work
    Helpline: 865-755-8839
    VSW Services: vetsocialwork@utk.edu
    Education and Events: 865-696-1117
    Education and Events: vswcp@utk.edu

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