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.
Individuals who have a Master of Social Work (MSW/MSSW) 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.
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. Prices shown below reflect US currency.
|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 = $4,150
More Information on Each Requirement:
- Applicants must have graduated from a CSWE accredited Social Work program with their MSW
- Applicants must be registered with the health-related boards in their state of residence
- If you are a licensed BSW or are an MSW without your state registration or licensure, click here for our waiving admission requirement policy.
Applications to the VSW-CP are accepted year round. We review applications on a weekly basis. 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: Rebecca Poplawski
UT College of Veterinary Medicine
Department of Biomedical & Diagnostic Sciences
2407 River Drive, A205
Knoxville, TN 37996-4543
Please email any questions to email@example.com or call (865) 696-1117.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What if my social work program wasn’t accredited by CSWE?
You may still complete the online trainings portion.
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 might be interested in our Veterinary Mental Health Professional Certificate Program.
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 only. Or, check back in 2019, when we plan to offer a 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.
When can I apply to the postgraduate certificate 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?
I still have questions; what do I do?
Please email any additional questions to firstname.lastname@example.org!