As a member of Lakeshore’s administrative team, the Veterinary Social Worker’s (VSW) primary responsibility is to develop and maintain a social work program for a large veterinary hospital and their clients and staff. The organization operates three hospital locations, and program services will be available for all three. The program will provide many facets of emotional support to clients of the hospital (owners of the pets), consultation regarding clients to veterinary staff, and support of all staff working with the clients.
The program will provide many facets of emotional support to clients of the hospital (owners of the pets), consultation regarding clients to veterinary staff, and support of all staff working with the clients. The program will also provide supportive services, short term interventions, and psychoeducational programs and training for all employees of the hospital. The VSW will also serve as field instructor for a social work internship program for the hospital. Once developed, it is expected that the VSW will train interns to fulfill many of the client care responsibilities while under the supervision of the VSW/Field Instructor. The majority of staff care responsibilities, pet loss group facilitation, and the direction of the program will be fulfilled by the VSW. The VSW operates out of Lakeshore’s Glendale location, and will travel to Lakeshore’s other locations as needed.
Leadership ability, organizational ability, good speaker/trainer.
Must have confident, authentic, flexible and grounded personality with respect for introversion.
Must be emotionally mature with good sense of humor.
Must be able to prioritize, to multi-task, and endure a fast pace.
A high tolerance for graphic medical procedures and information.
Experience with attachment to pets and pet euthanasia exposure.
Able to provide services to clients and staff in an emotionally intense, fast-paced setting.
Excellent self-care skills.
Excellent organizational skills.
Initiative: Must be a self-starter, able to work independently, as well as in a team environment, while demonstrating a high level of initiative and performing duties with minimal supervision.
Communication Skills: Must have excellent written and verbal communication, and maintains a harmonious and constructive relationship with those contacted in the course of work.
Confidentiality: With access to proprietary and other confidential information, must be highly trustworthy and able to handle confidential records.
Physical Demands: While performing the duties of this job, an employee may be required to stand; walk; handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms, have vision ability, and talk or hear.
Able to patiently mentor social work interns while also being able to delegate tasks and teach skills.
Excellent skills in presentation or teaching.
Master’s Degree in Social Work is required.
Licensed in Wisconsin as CLCSW is preferred.
Three years of experience post MSW required.
Experience in medical social work, child welfare/protection, hospice, or mental health settings preferred.
Experience with grief/bereavement and/or trauma is preferred.
Experience working successfully with multi-disciplinary teams is preferred.
Experience supervising and serving as field instructor for social work interns
Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital, a member of the IVG network, is a 24-hour emergency/critical care and specialty veterinary hospital dedicated to providing compassionate medical care to all the pets entrusted to our care. We understand that your pet is a part of your family and we strive to treat you and your pet with the utmost empathy and respect for your relationship and bond.
Our v...eterinary team is committed to maintaining regular and open lines of communication with yourselves – the pet owner – and your family veterinarian. We are proud to provide our clients with timely access to the most advanced specialists and emergency services available today. At Mass Vet, you can rest assured that your pet is always in the reliable care of an experienced practitioner.
Our board-certified veterinary specialists provide a complete range of care in Cardiology, Diagnostic Imaging (Radiology), Emergency/Critical Care, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Oncology, Ophthalmology and Surgery.
Specialists ensure that patients receive the best care and follow-up treatment possible by maintaining communication with your referring veterinarian.
We understand and respect that your pet’s quality of life is about more than just his or her physical well being. Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioners (CCRP) provide on-site physical therapy & rehabilitation both as an in patient and out patient service.
Mass Vet is fully equipped with sophisticated surgical facilities and technologically advanced diagnostic capabilities, including MRI, CT, fluoroscopy, digital radiography, ultrasonography, endoscopy, otoscopy, rhinoscopy, electrodiagnostics, in-house laboratory and pharmacy.
Dogs and cats referred to Mass Vet by a referring veterinarian will be treated only for the condition for which they were referred. No routine procedures, such as vaccinations or heartworm testing, will be performed on any referral or referral emergency patient.