Dr. Melissa Holcombe LCSW, completed her Doctor of Social Work and Veterinary Social Work Certification at the University of Tennessee in 2014. Dr. Holcombe is a School Social Worker and Homeless Liaison in Northwest Georgia. Additionally, she is a licensed clinical social worker in both Georgia and Tennessee. Dr. Holcombe has a private practice providing individual counseling for pet loss and compassion fatigue in the animal services community.
Dr. Holcombe has presented at several national conferences on aspects of the human-animal bond, and provides local training on pet loss and compassion fatigue issues.
Holcombe, M. (2014, November) Homeless Youth and Pets: Supporting the Human-Animal
Bond Through Inclusive Programs. National Association for the Education of Homeless
Children and Youth (NAEHCY), Kansas City, MO.
Holcombe, M., Strand, E., Nugent, W., & Ng, Z. (2015, November). Veterinary Social Work Services. Poster session presented at the Veterinary Wellness and Social Work Summit, Knoxville, TN.
Holcombe, M. (2012, September) Therapeutic Use of Animals in the School Setting. School
Social Work Association of Georgia, District 7. A 90-minute workshop.
Holcombe, M. (2015, January) Compassion Fatigue in Animal Control Services. Catoosa
County Animal Control. A 90-minute workshop on recognition and prevention of
2015 VWSWS Presentation
Holcombe, M., Strand, E., Nugent, W., & Ng, Z. Veterinary social work: Practice within veterinary settings. The Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment.