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Happy Holidays!!!
We would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your loved ones happy holidays filled with laughter and joy, as well as a healthy and prosperous new year!

Remember to practice self care during this time. Some self care ideas may include some form of play, practicing altruism, resting, enjoying some good food, and much more! 

As we begin looking towards the new year and making plans and resolutions, consider your continuing education. Below we have some exciting upcoming opportunities !
Emotional CPR:  Connecting, Empowering, and Revitalizing 
Veterinary Social Work will be hosting a 2-day Emotional CPR training, February 16-17, in Knoxville, TN. The goals of this ECPR training are to provide training for veterinarians to help others through emotional crises with increased efficacy and without self-harm and to develop a group of DVM’s who, having been trained in ECPR, are willing and prepared to reduce stigma about mental illness in the profession by telling “their own stories” of adversity and healing. This training is approved for 12 CEU's for veterinary professionals.

A public health approach.
Help people through emotional crises.
Veterinary specific although all are welcome.

This training is a function of the Dr. N. Paul Nolan Memorial Suicide Awareness in Veterinary Education (SAVE) Program. Such awareness and education efforts were an expressed wish from Paul and his family.
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Program Description:

This program is designed to integrate knowledge obtained in three online modules in the veterinary social work training program: 1) Animal Related Bereavement: Implications for Social Work Practice, 2) Compassion Fatigue Management, and 3) The Link: Violence Towards Humans and Animals. Through the techniques of observing, reflecting, and experiencing, the intensive will guide the participant through the process of “putting it all together” and practicing the skills required for veterinary social work.

General Information:

-Open to mental health students and professionals only.
-Pending NASW CE approval
-Coffee, light breakfast, snacks, and lunch will be provided each day; vegan & vegetarian options available.
-A block of hotel rooms will be available 

Required Prerequisites: 

1. Compassion Fatigue Management 
2. The Link: Violence Towards Humans and Animals
3. Animal Related Bereavement: Implications for Social Work Practice

Supervisions Sessions:
1. Compassion Fatigue Management
2. The Link: Violence Towards Humans and Animals
3. Animal Related Bereavement: Implications for Social Work Practice

*If you are interested in attending, but have not started the prerequisites, to learn more.

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Job Opportunities 

UT VSW does not endorse or verify job openings. The below job openings are an opportunity for you, the applicant, to verify and research on your own, and are not reflective of the UT VSW Program. We try to share positings that are searching for a vatriety of professionals with different educational backgrounds.

PALS Program Coordinator 
Will be responsible for day-to-day operations and growth of PALS. Will conduct comprehensive assessments for families seeking shelter and participation in PALS. Work closely with community partners to coordinate timely access for pets’ veterinary care, and treatment related to animal abuse. Identify, secure and monitor necessary pet supplies and products, and oversee inventory management. Assist clients identify and access “pet friendly” practices, including obtaining pets’ orders of protection, exploring suitable housing options, and addressing pet ownership issues. Coordinate and/or facilitate animal welfare safety staff training, including signs of animal abuse, proper pet care, and accessing community resources.
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Clinical Counselor/ Social Worker 
Raleigh, NC

The licensed Clinical Counselor / Social Worker will serve the important role in supporting the Veterinary Hospital’s Family and Community Services which provides counseling for VH clients in need due to pet loss and grief, working with clients seeking solutions and support to the issues arising during the course of their animals. 

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Pet Loss Support Services Manager 
Fairport, NY
Primary function is to oversee and manage all aspects of Lollypop Farm’s End of Life Services Program. Some tasks include:

** Monitor and maintain the End of Life Services phone line and email address, returning calls and emails within 24 hours.
**Counsel owners who are considering euthanasia and/or other end of life services, such as cremation, for their pets via telephone, email and in person.

**Provide high quality customer service and exercise patience and empathy when working with difficult, emotional or angry customers.

**Schedule and conduct all end of life service appointments and walk-in customers, including

  • Owner requested euthanasia

  • Communal cremations

  • Private cremations

  • Columbarium internment

  • Pet memorial opportunities

And more. 
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3 Part Time and 1 Full Time Clinical Staff​  
Murray, UT 

Utah Healing Center is hiring three part time and one full time clinical staff.  We are looking for Clinical Social Worker (CSW), Associate Clinical Mental Health Counselor (ACMHC), Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CMHC), Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), or Psychologist for our Outpatient Murray clinic that serves children, adolescents, and adults. This position offers competitive pay in a beautiful office.

New graduates are welcome.

Provides professional counseling services of a preventative and developmental nature through direct consultation with patients. Therapy activities include individual, group and couples counseling. Develops program criteria for area of specialization such as couples or trauma counseling.

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Social Worker: Purdue Veterinary Medicine  
West Lafayette, IN 

The veterinary social work position is integrated into the Veterinary Teaching Hospital medical team, to:
* Facilitate client decision-making about their animals medical treatment, quality of life and end-of-life issues 
* Provides crisis intervention, brief counseling, and grief support for hospital clients
* Provides support, debriefing, consultation, and educational services related to client interactions and difficult medical situations to faculty, clinicians, staff and students
* Participates on committees as needed. 

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Contact Us

Veterinary Social Work Certificate Program
University of Tennessee
College of Veterinary Medicine
College of Social Work
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