Individuals who have a social work degree from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and are registered with the health related boards in their state of residence may apply to earn the Veterinary Social Work Certificate.
(all parts must be completed within 5 years of applying)
|4 online modules*
(9 to 22 contact hours each)
|Animal Assisted Interventions (AAI) Workshop
(2 days hosted yearly in the spring)
|Veterinary Social Work Intensive
(5 days hosted yearly in the spring)
|International VSW Summit
Participants will present their final Keystone project and recite the veterinary social work oath
(2 days hosted biennially in the fall)
|250 hour Keystone Project||No cost|
|8 two-hour long group supervision sessions||$125 (two per VSW area)||$1000 Total|
Total Cost = $3550
Click here to see the Veterinary Social Work Certificate program trajectory.
- Applicants must have graduated from a CSWE accredited Social Work program
- Applicants must be registered with the health related boards in their state of residence
Since the VSW Certificate is not a graduate school certificate, no graduate school admission fees or GRE test scores are required.
To apply, submit:
- Letter of intent
- Resume or curriculum vita
- Official transcripts showing Social Work degree
To: Jen Scagnelli
University of Tennessee
College of Social Work
201 Henson Hall
1618 West Cumberland Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37996-3333
Frequently Asked Questions:
What if my social work program wasn’t accredited by CSWE?
You may still complete the online trainings and face-to-face workshops, and earn certificates in each individual VSW content area.
What do you mean by “registered with the health related boards in their state of residence”?
Social work licensure varies significantly by jurisdiction. We do not require our applicants to be licensed to practice social work independently, but we ask that you be an LMSW, registered social work intern, or the comparable license for your state.
What if I have a social work degree, but am now a Licensed Veterinary Technician or Veterinarian?
Great! Submit your applicable license with your other VSW application materials.
I’m a mental health professional, but not a social worker. Can I earn the VSW Certificate?
You can currently take any of our online modules or face-to-face workshops for continuing education contact hours. Or, check back in the spring of 2018, when we plan to offer a Veterinary Social Support Certificate for mental health professionals.
I’m an animal-related professional, but I don’t have a social work degree. Can I earn the VSW Certificate?
You can currently take any of our online modules or face-to-face workshops for continuing education hours. Or, check back in the spring of 2018, when we plan to offer a Veterinary Human Support Certificate for animal-related professionals.
What if I don’t have my MSW degree?
If you are considering options for graduate school, click here for information about the University of Tennessee’s Concurrent MSSW/VSW degree program.
If you are currently enrolled in another school’s MSW program, you may start the modules while finishing your degree, and complete your keystone project after graduation.
When is the next face-to-face workshop?
The AAI workshop will be hosted March 10-11, 2018 in Knoxville. The VSW Intensive will be held in March 2018. Specific dates will be posted shortly.
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I still have questions; what do I do?
Please email any additional questions to firstname.lastname@example.org!