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Veterinary Mental Health Professional Certificate Program

The Veterinary Mental Health Professional Certificate provides education for mental health professionals on the four areas of veterinary social work.

Admission Requirements:

  • Applicants must have graduated from an accredited university with a postgraduate mental health degree (other than Social Work)
    • Psychology, Counseling, Mental Health, Etc.
    • If you are a postgraduate licensed social worker, click here.
  • Applicants must be registered with the health-related boards in their state of residence

Program Requirements:

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.

Certificate Overview:

  • Modules: Online, self-paced, year-round availability, NASW CE approved
    • Social Work History, Ethics, Values, and Practices
    • Compassion Fatigue and Conflict Management 
    • Animal Related Grief and Bereavement 
    • Animal Assisted Interventions 
    • The Link Between Human and Animal Violence
  • Supervision Sessions: Online video conference, hosted once a year between January-March
    • 2 sessions per area of veterinary social work
    • Each session is two hours
  • 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
    • Animal Assisted Interventions Workshop
      • NASW CE approved
      • Offered Saturday-Sunday in March, yearly
        • Next: March 14th & 15th, 2020.
    • Veterinary Social Work Intensive
      • NASW CE approved
      • Offered Tuesday-Friday in March, yearly
        • Next: March 17th-21st, 2020
    • 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 in advance. Participants have 5-6 years to complete all of the requirements

More Information on Each Requirement:

 

Application Process:

Applications are accepted year round. We review applications on a weekly basis. Since the certificate is not a degree program, no graduate school admission fees or GRE test scores are required.

Materials required for application:

  • Letter of intent
  • Resume or curriculum vita
  • Official transcripts showing degree
  • Photo

If you have a question, click here to send us a message.

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

I’m a social worker. Can I earn the VMHP Certificate?

You might qualify for our Postgraduate Veterinary Social Work Certificate Program. 

I’m an animal related professional, not a social worker or mental health profession. Can I earn the certificate?

You might qualify for our Veterinary Human Support Certificate Program. 

What if I don’t have a mental health degree, a social work degree, and I am not a animal related professional?

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 not interested in a degree, you can complete our online modules located under the “education” tab on the menu.

What if my degree program wasn’t accredited?

You do not qualify to enroll in a certificate program, but you can complete our four online modules. These can be found under the “Education” tab on the menu.

What do you mean by “registered with the health related boards in their state of residence”?

Licensure varies significantly by state.  We require some form state registration or license.

When can I apply to this program?

Applications are accepted year round! We review them on a weekly basis.

Is there a refund policy if I am no longer able to complete and online or face to face training?

Click here for our refund policy for our modules. Click here for our refund policy for face-to-face trainings.

I still have questions; what do I do?

If you have question, click here to send us a message.

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