Veterinary social work: Practice within veterinary settings

  title={Veterinary social work: Practice within veterinary settings},
  author={T. Melissa Holcombe and Elizabeth B. Strand and William R. Nugent and Zenithson Ng},
  journal={Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment},
  pages={69 - 80}
ABSTRACT Veterinary social work (VSW) is the provision of services at the intersection of veterinary medicine and social work practice. Based on scholarly literature and practice experience, four competency areas are identified for social workers attending to the human side of the human-animal bond: grief at the loss of an animal companion, compassion fatigue in the animal services fields, the connection between animal and human violence, and animal-assisted interventions. This review explores… 

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