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Veterinary Human Support Certificate

The Veterinary Human Support Certificate provides education for animal related professionals on the four areas of Veterinary Social Work. 

Eligibility: Animal-related professionals who have some form of health related state registration or license (DVM, LVT, etc)

Launch Date: Applications to the Veterinary Human Support Certificate will be accepted starting July 1, 2019. Modules will launch throughout July and August.

Application Requirements: Letter of intent, resume, photo. The application portal will open July 1.

Disclaimer: Completion of this certificate does not qualify one to become a mental health professional. If you are interested in becoming a mental health professional, check out the Veterinary Social Work Certificate Program for University of Tennessee Master of Science in Social Work students.

Certificate Overview:

  • Modules: Online, self-paced, year-round availability
    • Social Work Values, Ethics, and History
    • Compassion Fatigue and Conflict Management 
    • Animal Related Grief and Bereavement 
    • Animal Assisted Interventions 
    • The Link Between Human and Animal Violence
    • Ethics and Moral Stress
    • Advanced Techniques for Human Engagement
    • Advanced Techniques for Human Management 
    • On boarding in Mental Health
  • Supervision Sessions: Online video conference, hosted once a year starting June 2020.
    • 7 sessions (All sessions required)
    • Mondays, 7-9pm (ET)
    • Progression of cases, with assignments
  • Keystone Project: Proposals can be submitted after completion of related modules
    • participants must complete a keystone project that requires at least 250 hours of service learning. This piece of the certificate requires participants to take their new knowledge and turn it into action. The keystone component is flexible and is designed to help participants develop relationships and begin the process of making their goals come into being.
  • Workshops: 3 workshops live in Knoxville, requiring 2-3 trips.
    • Emotional CPR workshop
      • End of July
      • Sunday, Monday
    • Veterinary Human Support Intensive
      • End of July
      • Right after Emotional CPR
      • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
    • 3-day International Veterinary Social Work Summit 
      • October, biennially (2020, 2022, 2024, 2026)

Certificate participants can purchase each certificate requirement as they move through the program or they can pay up front. Participants have 5-6 years to complete all of the requirements.

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