Individuals who have a postgraduate degree (Masters or PhD) in mental health (Psychology, Counseling, Mental Health, Etc.) from an accredited university and are registered or licensed with the health related boards in their state of residence may apply to earn the Veterinary Mental Health Professional Certificate.
Participants purchase each certificate requirement as they move through the program. Paying for everything upfront is not required, but there is a 10% discount for those who choose to pay in advance. Participants have 5 years to complete all of the requirements.
|First step: Social Work History, Ethics, Values, and Practices module||$0 total|
|Four online modules
(9 to 21.5 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)
|250 hour Keystone Project||No cost|
|8 two-hour long group supervision sessions||$125 (two per VSW area)||$1000 Total|
|International VSW Summit
Participants will present their final Keystone project and recite the veterinary social work oath. Last step in the certificate.
(3 days hosted biennially in the fall)
Total Cost = $4150
More Information on Each Requirement:
- Applicants must have graduated from an accredited university with a postgraduate mental health degree
- Applicants must be registered with the health-related boards in their state of residence
- If you do not have your state registration or licensure, click here for our waiving admission requirement policy.
Applications to the VMHP-CP are accepted year round. We review applications on a weekly basis. Since the VMHP 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 postgraduate mental health degree
To: Rebecca Poplawski
UT College of Veterinary Medicine
Department of Biomedical & Diagnostic Sciences
2407 River Drive, A205
Knoxville, TN 37996-4543
If you still have questions after reviewing the FAQ section below, please email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 865-696-1117.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What if my postgraduate program wasn’t from an accredited university?
You may still complete the online trainings.
What do you mean by “registered with the health related boards in their state of residence”?
Licensure varies significantly by jurisdiction. We do not require our applicants to be licensed to practice therapy/counseling independently, but we ask that you be registered or licensed in your state. For example: Licensed Professional Counselor.
What if I have a mental health degree, but am now a Licensed Veterinary Technician or Veterinarian?
Great! Submit your applicable license with your other VSW application materials.
I’m a social worker, not a a counselor, psychologist, or therapist. Can I earn the VMHPCertificate?
You can earn the Veterinary Social Work Certificate.
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 mid-late 2019, when we plan to offer a certificate for animal-related professionals.
What if I don’t have my mental health 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 can I apply to this program?
Applications are accepted year round! We review them on a weekly basis.
When is payment due for the certificate program?
Participants purchase each individuals step in the program as they move through the program. If you want to work on a module, then you purchase the module when you are ready. It is pay as you go. There is no need to pay for the entire program up front, though there is a 10% discount for those who choose to purchase everything upon acceptance into the program.
Is there a refund policy if I am no longer able to complete and online or face to face training?
When is the next face-to-face workshop?
The AAI workshop will be hosted March 16-17, 2019. The next VSW Intensive will be March 19-13, 2019.
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I still have questions; what do I do?
Please email any additional questions to email@example.com!