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What in the world is veterinary social work?

When I tell people that I provide veterinary social work services, I almost always get a confused look, sometimes a disbelieving smirk, and the question “what is veterinary social work?” It’s a fair question, and I’ll do my best to answer it. The term “veterinary social work” was coined by Dr. Elizabeth Strand (my amazing …

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My path to veterinary social work

[Re-posted on Jan 21, 2017] When I was little I wanted to be a veterinarian and a ballerina. I recently found an old photo of my fourth grade bedroom and the walls were covered from floor to ceiling in animal calendar pictures. I had actually forgotten about that time in my life – my memory …

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Finding Peace: Learning to be mindful

I am just finishing my mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR) class, and I’m sad it is ending. Once a week for the past two months, I’ve looked forward to the trek downtown on Tuesday evenings (even in the cold Chicago winter, which is saying something!). I knew I’d come away with something each class, and …

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