Veterinary Social Work Intern/Graduate Assistant
Rachel is a second-year graduate student pursuing a Masters of Science in Social Work at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Prior to attending the University of Tennessee she studied at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia and received her Bachelors of Science in Psychology. While working towards her master's degree, she is also pursuing a concurrent certificate in Veterinary Social Work. She hopes to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and work with children and their families in a private practice setting with particular emphasis on the therapeutic bond between humans and animals. She also hopes to open an animal rescue and rehabilitate animals into service and therapy roles. Rachel has done research with a family development lab and worked in a developmental day care with children ages three to five who have developmental, behavioral, and/or emotional difficulties. She has experienced firsthand the therapeutic benefits of animals and hopes to share that unique bond and tool with others. Rachel has been working in the field of social work for 1.5 years. She is pictured here with her dog, Sophia.