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Sage Veterinary Centers

Location: Campbell,
Description: Organization Description and Mission: SAGE provides SF Bay Area’s most respected specialty and emergency veterinary care, setting the highest standard of compassionate, collaborative veterinary care that improves the lives of pets and their people. SAGE Campbell specializes in many areas of veterinary medicine using the most current knowledge and treatments available to ensure the highest standards of care for pets. This is made possible through board-certified specialists in surgery, anesthesiology, internal medicine, neurology, oncology and emergency & critical care. We also have a great team of veterinary nurses & assistants, client service coordinators and administration.

Position Description: The veterinary social work intern will report directly to the Veterinary Social Worker. The intern will provide direct services and supportive counseling to clients (pet owners) of the hospital and make referrals to community resources as necessary. At times, consultation and psychoeducation to staff will be requested.


1. Meet with clients or make follow-up contact as requested by staff to provide short term, supportive counseling during patient (pet) emergency, hospitalization or specialty appointments.

2. Support clients during end-of-life decision making for their pet and during euthanasia if requested.

3. Provide pet loss counseling and grief education/support to clients; co-facilitate pet loss support group.

4. Link clients with community resources; follow-up on referrals as indicated.

5. Administer assessment tools as needed including but not limited to quality of life, anxiety, depression, suicidal ideations.

6. Provide information and consultation to staff as needed re: clients or distressing scenarios (debriefings).

7. Develop resources for practice and present topics relevant to veterinary staff (compassion fatigue, communication, self-care, etc.)

8. Maintain proficient documentation as required by hospital policy.


1. Must be pursuing graduate studies in the field of social work from an accredited University.

2. Must demonstrate a value system that is in accordance with the interests of the field placement (SAGE) and clients served (adhere to NASW code of Ethics).

3. Must be able to adhere to program policies/procedures (confidentiality, boundaries, professionalism, etc.).

4. Must possess a non-judgmental attitude with an ability to engage with others.

5. Must have a high level of independence and desire to take initiative.
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San Diego Youth Services

Location: Spring Harbor,
Description: Students work closely with the Quality Management Coordinator, Clinical Supervisors, and Associate Executive Director (AED). At times, students may also work with the Program Managers from various programs, Volunteer Services, and the Marketing and Development Department. The Quality Management (QM) Department provides quality oversight to all SDYS programs and services. The QM team ensures the quality of these services through clinical supervision of staff and interns, writing and revising policies and procedures, conducting program and documentation reviews, and developing new, comprehensive training opportunities within SDYS.
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San Mateo County Children and Family Services

Location: Belmont,
Description: The San Mateo County Human Services Agency assists individuals and families to achieve economic self sufficiency, promotes community and family strength, and works to ensure child safety and well-being.
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SLO County Health Agency: Behavioral Health/ Mental Health

Location: San Luis Obispo,
Description: "We offer mental health treatment services for our county’s youth, adults, and senior citizens and help with family, personal, or psychiatric issues. We have clinics located in the North County, South County, and in San Luis Obispo."
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