Veterinary Social Work: Attending to the Human Side of Things in Animal Sheltering

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Recorded On: 06/09/2021

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Do animals need a veterinary social worker? Hopefully, you will know the “right answer” by the end of this webinar. The basic veterinary social work model applies social work values and methodologies to animal-related situations and settings. It’s a marriage between social work and the scope of practice veterinary medicine holds, especially operating within the veterinary public health realm.  This participatory and evidenced-based session will cover the four areas of veterinary social work as well as practice examples at micro, mezzo, and macros levels. Attendees will help brainstorm all the areas where veterinary social workers could be helpful in the animal shelter setting as well as learn about case examples of such work. Leave inspired to consider ways in which veterinary social work could be integrated into your organization.

This session was presented at The Spring Conference for Animal Welfare Advancement 2021. The recording is approved for 1 Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credit.

Dr. Elizabeth Strand, PhD, LCSW

Founding Director of Veterinary Social Work, University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Elizabeth Strand is the Founding Director of Veterinary Social Work at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. She is a licensed clinical social worker, experienced family therapist, Grief Recovery Specialist, and a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher. She has been working in the field of social work for 20 years. She also is trained as a Child, and Adult Anicare Animal Abuse Treatment counselor, a Compassion Fatigue Specialist, and holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work. Her interest-areas include the link between human and animal violence, animals in family systems, and stress management techniques in animal-related environments.

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