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Veterinary Social Worker (Job S#129)
Tuskegee University

Date Posted Oct. 27, 2021
Title Veterinary Social Worker (Job S#129)
University Tuskegee University
Tuskegee, AL, United States
Department Office of Dean/Veterinary Medicine
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Social Work

In keeping with the President’s commitment to Tuskegee University Becoming "One Tuskegee", the ideal Social Worker will possess the willingness to use their expertise in transforming Tuskegee into a leading 21st century living and learning environment.


Master of Social Work degree and State of Alabama Social Work licensure
Veterinary Social Work Certificate (or in progress); interest in obtaining Veterinary Social Work Certificate considered
Minimum of 3 years grief & bereavement social work
Experience in animal -related work preferred
Be familiar with animal laws within the State of Alabama
Maintain confidentiality and uphold the NASW Code of Ethics
Ability to take initiative and work independently
Able to provide services within a high paced and highly emotional setting
Experience with environments with students or employees of diverse backgrounds.
Strong oral and written communication skills (clear and articulate with professionalism)
Excellent organizational skills: able to set priorities and achieve them
Excellent computer skills including database and spreadsheets


Provide short term counseling by request from clients
Provide referrals to community mental health professionals as requested
Establish storage of client documentation that is confidential
Provide individual and group grief counseling associated with the loss of companion animals for clients
Aid clients in the end-of-life planning for their pets and communicate with staff
Provide on-site crisis intervention and supportive services to clients, including outreach, education, and grief counseling
Provide animal-related grief and bereavement services to staff and clients
Develop and maintain an updated list of referral resources for clients and staff in the areas of mental health and wellness, grief and bereavement, the human-animal bond and the disruptions
Maintain HIPAA-compliant professional documentation of services provided
CVM Faculty, Staff & Students

Provide support to CVM staff through individual, group and team consultation.
Facilitate groups of stakeholders as needed or requested.
Provide debriefing individually and/or in groups
Provide short-term counseling regarding work or personal matters
Provide referrals to community mental health professionals as requested
Provide support in mitigating compassion fatigue for staff
Develop or enhance wellness practices within the agency
Attend rounds

Education & Outreach

Provide continuing education presentations for staff, workers, and referring veterinarians on compassion fatigue, selfcare, human and animal bond, the Link, grief and loss, and communication
Maintain and develop a resource list of local mental health professionals who are interested in providing pet loss counseling support for clients
Speak to community groups about veterinary social work services as needed


Commensurate with education, training and experience

  • The statements contained in this job announcement reflect general details as necessary to describe the principal functions of this job, the level of knowledge and skill typically required and the scope of responsibility. It should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. **

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