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Postgraduate VSW Certificate Program


All content areas of the Postgraduate VSW Certificate Program are designed as continuing education for social workers and other allied professionals in human and animal health.
All participants earn certificates acknowledging continuing education contact hours.
Look at our Continuing Education options under the Education menu to access individual content areas without earning the Veterinary Social Work Certificate

Individuals who have a social work degree from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education may apply to earn the Veterinary Social Work Certificate.

Program Requirements:

(all parts must be completed within 5 years of applying)
4 online modules

(9 to 22 contact hours each)

$200 each $800 Total
4 face-to-face workshops*

(2 to 3 days each)

$300 each $1200 Total
250 hour service learning project
6 hour-long group supervision sessions Paid at once $500 Total


Total Cost = $2500*


*Some of the face-to-face content will be presented during a 5-day intensive, reducing both the cost and the time required 

Admission Requirements:

  • 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

Application Process:

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
  • Proof of face-to-face mediation training (if applicable)

To:  Jen Scagnelli
University of Tennessee
College of Social Work
201 Henson Hall
1618 West Cumberland Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37996-3333

To Purchase a Module, CLICK HERE

You will need to register for a UT College of Social Work Learning Management System account in order to register for the workshop if this is your first time using this system.


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 certification 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 fall of 2017, 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 fall of 2017, 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 service learning project after graduation.

Do you provide locations for service learning projects?

Veterinary social work is still growing, and spreading the word is an important part of earning the certificate.  While we do not match participants with service learning projects, we’re happy to help you create your proposal.  Many of our participants are able to design VSW projects at their current jobs!

When is group supervision offered?

Supervision days and times vary.  We have participants all over the globe, and we do our best to accommodate their schedules.  When participants are ready to start supervision, they let the program know their availability.

When is the next face-to-face workshop?

Three of the five content area workshops will be offered at the Veterinary Wellness and Social Work Summit in the fall of 2017.  Join our mailing list to be the first to know when we add a workshop to the calendar!

I still have questions; what do I do?

Please email any additional questions to!

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