Holly Eckert, Intern Social Worker
Hello everyone, my name is Holly Eckert, and I am a Licensed Social Worker. I work mostly with children as a school-based counselor, but I do have some adult clients also.
I graduated from Youngstown State University with a Bachelor of Social Work degree and maintained placement on the President’s List and the Dean’s List throughout my time there. I spent the majority of my undergraduate work studying Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, specifically with the intent to work with veterans. I am currently working towards my Master of Science in Social Administration degree from the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University. I have always enjoyed the company of dogs and hoped to incorporate them into my work one day. I didn’t realize, however, that there was a name and field of study for what I wanted to do, Veterinary Social Work.
Since this discovery, I have plunged headfirst into learning anything and everything I can about all aspects of this profession, specifically human-animal interactions. I believe that animals have a way of teaching us, comforting us, and making us overall better people. I believe in their instincts and their ability to make us more aware of ourselves and our surroundings. Because I have just learned about this profession, I am still working through the details to determine which direction I want to go with it. I am determined, however, to remain in the field for the rest of my career. I have come here to help and learn from all of you in any way that I can. I come to you as a student, and you are all my teachers. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your team.
When I am not working, doing coursework, or interning with Pawsible, I am spending as much time with my fiancé and our six kids (I had our last baby in April) as possible. My fiancé’ Jason, is a combat veteran and is currently in the process of getting a service dog from Pawsible. Within the last couple of months, Pawsible is not only supporting my career but my family too.
kYM sODERHOLM: tRAINING cENTER gUARDIAN
Kym is the kindest, gentlest soul you’ve ever met. Her love for all things knows no bounds, and it is readily apparent in her day to day actions.
Kym serves as the training center guardian, living on site and providing our dogs that may be temporarily (or in some rare cases permanently) housed at the center the care, love and attention they need to feel safe and secure. She assist with implementing training plans and behavior modification protocols, and oversees that the facility is kept up to our strict standards (oh, let’s not lie - she taught us everything we know). From using organically sourced materials to ensuring that we have earth and dog friendly chemicals, Kym is the brains of it all. And she does this all while running her own kennel, K9 Retreat and Spa Findlay. Kym is always ready and willing to help with whatever Pawsible throws at her, and has yet to meet a dog she couldn’t charm the hairs off of.
Joann Fuller: Veterinary Social Worker
Joanne Fuller,LISW, is a Veterinary Social Worker at Blanchard Valley Veterinary Clinic, a private small animal/exotic practice in Findlay Ohio. In this role at the clinic and at Pawsible, she assists staff and clients in addressing the emotional toll of pet loss, euthanasia, compassion fatigue and anger as a result of grief. She also assists with reception and office duties at BVVC. Joanne and her family have fostered for Assistance Dogs for Achieving Independence. Joanne received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Asbury University and Master of Social Work from the University of KY. She completed post-graduate Veterinary Social Worker certification from the University of TN.
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