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Creating Community Partners in Veterinary Social Work

Room C

0.5 CE Hours

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This presentation will provide a description of an emerging partnership between a university Veterinary Social Work program and community-based animal shelter.


Shelter employees are the intersection of pet owner surrender, animals entering a stressful shelter-life with probability of illness and euthanasia looming. In this partnership, university-based VSW began an outreach initiative to educate area shelter and veterinary clinic professionals on VSW principles and availability for resources within the community. At the request of shelter staff, psychoeducation was provided on the significance of pet loss, grief, and the ripple out communication challenges from complex grief presentation, compassion fatigue and grief self-care. Pre- and post-test were administered to assess for baseline knowledge and changes.


This presentation will describe the psycho education content provided to shelter workers on the content described above as well as an evaluation of changes in knowledge following the training.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Participants will be able to identify content related to grief and compassion fatigued provided to shelter employees.

  • Participants will analyze change in knowledge of VSW and communication skills as assessed for the described presentation.

CE Policy
This course is fiscally sponsored by International Association of Veterinary Social Work . There may be potential biases or conflicts of interest inherent to this relationship, and it must be disclosed to participants. These conflicts of interest have no bearing on the course content and have been resolved.
Julie Wells
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