Vet Hospital Social Worker

Position Summary

The UW Veterinary Care (UWVC) Social Worker will serve a vital role supporting both the families of pets treated at UWVC and the staff working with these patients. Duties and responsibilities include:

Clinical Service (Clients of UWVC):
– Provide on-site and phone crisis intervention for clients
– Attend daytime visiting hours within the Critical Care Unit to provide support and information to clients as needed
– Assist clients with end-of-life decisions, keeping the pet’s care team updated
– Provide individual, short-term grief counseling and facilitate referrals for long-term care with community mental health professionals or support groups as needed
– Mediate client-clinician relations and boundaries including facilitating the best method of communication and providing direct consultation to clients when their emotional needs interfere with the ability of the clinician to provide optimal patient care
– Potential for developing regular (twice monthly) pet owner support group meetings
– Maintain HIPAA-compliant records

Clinical Service (Clinicians & Staff):
– Provide on-site and phone crisis intervention for students, staff, including clinicians, technicians, administrative and support staff
– Provide short term individual counseling regarding work or personal matters and assist with referrals for long-term care with community mental health professionals as needed
– Participate in annual orientation for new interns, residents, and faculty
– Participate in or facilitate weekly rounds for interns and residents (or others as needed) to debrief, educate, and support client interactions
– Consult with the Hospital leadership teams regarding wellness of staff to enhance overall functioning of UWVC
– Attend or facilitate additional rounds, meetings, or internal continuing education as requested
– Coordinate and participate in Clinical Ethics Committee meetings

Education & Outreach:
– Develop and maintain resources for clients regarding pet loss and bereavement, the human-animal bond, and support available both within and outside UWVC
– Develop and maintain resources for clinicians regarding compassion fatigue, burnout, mental health, burden transfer, stress management, suicide prevention, grief and loss, and other relevant topics
– Serve as mentor for School of Social Work Intern
– Work as part of a cooperative team with others in roles of the SVM Well-Being initiative
– Provide continuing education to the referral vet community annually



Bachelor’s Degree



A minimum of 1 year of social work practice experienced required. Previous experience in a clinical or hospital setting preferred.



LCSW – Licensed Clinical Social Work – State Licensure Required


COVID-19 Requirement:

UW-Madison employees are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to January 18, 2022 or the first day of employment, whichever comes later. An individual is considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19 two weeks after receiving the single-dose vaccine or two weeks after the second dose in a two-dose vaccination series. Medical or religious accommodations will be considered. Please visit for more information.


How To Apply:

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Begin the online application process by clicking the ‘Apply Now’ button. Applicants are asked to upload a cover letter outlining your experience as related to the position as well as a current resume and list of references. Please ensure that the resume and cover letter address how you meet the minimum/preferred qualifications for the position.



Meenu Verma


Organization: UW Veterinary Care

Job Location: Madison, WI

Deadline: December 16, 2021