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Human Animal Bond in Tennessee VOCA

HABIT (Human Animal Bond in Tennessee) is a nonprofit group of volunteers working together to promote the bond between people and animals. As an outreach program of the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, HABIT coordinates volunteers and their pets for animal-assisted therapy programs for people of all ages.

Thanks to a grant from the Tennessee Office of Criminal Justice Programs, , HABIT has expanded to Middle Tennessee! The goal of the funding is to help people who have been the victim of a crime. To serve this mission, HABIT of Middle Tennessee is working to bring the joy of HABIT animals to places like domestic violence programs, child advocacy centers, court systems, mental health centers, crisis centers, and more!

Scholarship Opportunities:

Part of this grant provides scholarship opportunities to licensed postgraduate mental health professionals to the Postgraduate Veterinary Social Work Certificate Program. The program will offer 4 scholarships for licensed postgraduate mental health professionals to enroll and completed the entire Postgraduate Veterinary Social Work Certificate Program. In addition, the program will offer 10 professionals scholarships to complete just the 4 online modules. By completing all or part of the VSW certificate program, mental health professionals will be better prepared to effectively include animals as part of their counseling practice.

Scholarship Requirements:

In order to apply for the scholarship, one must be a licensed postgraduate mental health professional in Middle Tennessee  who is volunteering with HABIT..

For liability purposes, attendance at an informational meeting is required before a person can become a HABIT volunteer. Come learn more about the program and how you can get involved! For more information, email

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