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Sarina LyallSarina Lyall, LCSW, (Staff Veterinary Social Worker). Sarina has been the Staff Social Worker at the University of Tennessee Veterinary Medical Center since September 2009.  In her role here, she provides crisis intervention, end-of-life and treatment decision-making, and grief counseling to clients of the Small and Large Animal Hospitals as well as to members of the community.  Prior to her position as the Staff Social Worker, Sarina was one of the Master’s level interns with Veterinary Social Work from 2008-2009.  She graduated from High Point University in High Point, NC with her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology in 2002.  In May of 2009, Sarina graduated with her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Tennessee.  She has had an interest in grief and bereavement support for many years, and in the past she volunteered with Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro, NC.  As a Veterinary Social Worker her main focus is on grief and bereavement support for individuals and families who have experienced the death of their companion animal; however, she also has an interest in compassion fatigue support for animal related professionals, as well as coaching veterinary students on communication skills.  Sarina is a certified Grief Recovery Specialist®.  In her spare time Sarina enjoys running, reading, and spending time with her cat, Jasper. 





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