Source: American Animal Hospital Association

The Center for Veterinary Social Work at the University of Tennessee, established in 2002, has evolved its mission from addressing human needs at the intersection of Veterinary and social work to a broader focus on the welfare of all species through global interprofessional practice. The center, directed by Elizabeth Strand, collaborates with professionals interested in human and animal welfare, offering programs such as the Veterinary Social Work Certificate and the Veterinary Human Support Certificate.

Recently, the center renamed its focus area from “Compassion Fatigue & Conflict Management” to “Intentional Well-being,” emphasizing purposeful action in building healthy individuals and systems. The center engages in various activities, including suicide prevention programs, pet loss support, and presentations on grief. Its initiatives have inspired similar programs at other institutions, indicating the growing field of Veterinary social work.

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