Concurrent MSSW/VSW Graduate
Sonya’s interest in Veterinary Social Work stems from a lifelong love of animals and interest in human-animal interactions. While working as a high school teacher, she found she also had a passion for working with underprivileged teens. She hopes to combine these interests in her future studies and career. In the past, Sonya completed an internship with Knox County Schools, where she implemented a H.A.B.I.T. (Human-Animal Bond in Tennessee) program at Central High School. She and her H.A.B.I.T. dog, Mr. Fraggles, began spending time working with students at Central. In her spare time, Sonya also worked as a volunteer with H.A.L.T. (Humans and Animals Learning Together). Sonya was the Veterinary Social Work Intern at UT College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduating with her MSSW degree from UTL, Sonya started a PhD program in Counseling Psychology at Florida State University.