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International Veterinary Social Work Summit

The International Veterinary Social Work Summit is a 3-day event hosted in Knoxville. Each summit has a theme. The theme for the 2018 5th IVSWS is “Animals and Poverty.” During the 3 days, presenters from all over the word from various professions are invited to speak. Topics covered by presenters include the theme of the summit, animal assisted interventions, compassion fatigue management, animal related grief and bereavement, and the link between human and animal violence. Presentations range from 30-90 minutes. Table topics, wellness activities, and work groups also occur throughout the 3 days.

VSW-CP participants are not required to present during the summit. One evening, VSW-CP members will all gather for the Veterinary Social Work Oath Ceremony. During the ceremony, graduates will turn in their Keystone Project letter of completion. They will also give a short 5 minute presentation on their Keystone Project. After the presentations, the oath will be recited. After the oath, dinner will be provided to all of those in attendance. Veterinary Social Work Certificate graduates, family, and friends are invited to attend.

Prerequisites:

  • Modules:
    • Animal Assisted Interventions
    • Animal Related Bereavement: Implications for Social Work Practice
    • Compassion Fatigue Management
    • The Link: Violence Towards People and Animals
  • Supervision Topics:
    • Animal Assisted Interventions,
    • Animal Related Bereavement: Implications for Social Work Practice
    • Compassion Fatigue Management
    • The Link: Violence Towards People and Animals
  • 250hr Keystone Project
  • Animal Assisted interventions Workshop
  • Veterinary Social Work Intensive

Availability: Everyone other October (2018, 2020, 2022, ect.)

Keystone Project Letter of Completion

In the letter of completion, please include

  • date
  • hours completed
  • summary of service learning activities
  • consulting veterinarians signature
  • your signature

Keystone Presentation

Criteria:

  • Presentations will consist of five slides
  • Each slide will be set to automatically transition after one minute

Content:

  • Where the Keystone Project was completed and how you got your foot in the door
  • Area of VSW that the project focused on and goals of the project
  • Barriers that arose and how those barriers were overcome
  • Most rewarding experience
  • Results of Keystone Project

FAQs:

-How much does the International Veterinary Social Work Summit Cost?

$350

-Will there be a block of rooms available?

We will reserve a block of rooms at a nearby hotel. Participants can choose to book there but they are not required.

Veterinary Social Work

UT College of Veterinary Medicine
UT College of Social Work
Helpline: 865-755-8839
VSW Services: vetsocialwork@utk.edu
Education and Events: 865-696-1117
Education and Events: vswcp@utk.edu

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