Directions in Veterinary Social Work
Keywords:Social work, veterinary social work, animal-assisted interventions, ethics, family violence, grief and bereavement
This article introduces readers to the emerging and growing field of veterinary social work. The article provides a definition of veterinary social work and presents an overview of current research findings relating to the various domains that comprise the field: animal-assisted interventions, the link between human and animal violence, animal-related grief and bereavement, compassion fatigue, and conflict management. Additional topics explored include the interdisciplinary nature of the field, the social work host settings, and relevant professional associations and organizations. Ethical issues arising in the practice of veterinary social work are discussed.
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