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Casey Bennington-Palmer
RVT, FFCP, EAGALA ES, BSW Student Intern
Practice Manager

Casey is passionate about the unique healing power of the human-animal bond. She is a student at Walden University and will graduate with her BSW in August of 2024 before moving on to pursue her MSW. Currently an intern at Valor, she is looking forward to a career with us in animal-assisted psychotherapy and veterinary social work. Casey began riding horses at 5 years of age and never outgrew the crazy-horse kid phase. After riding and competing through her youth, she studied Animal Science at Berry College and Therapeutic Horsemanship at Lander University, competing nationally on the Intercollegiate Equestrian Teams for both schools. Casey graduated from an AVMA-accredited Veterinary Nursing program and became a Credentialed/Registered Veterinary Technician/Nurse in 2013, and throughout the years has worked in small companion animal, equine and large animal, & emergency and critical care medicine. She obtained her certificate as a Fear-Free Animal Professional in 2019 specializing in ethical and effective low-stress handling of animals. Casey became EAGALA certified as an Equine Specialist in 2020 and now holds a military designation for working with service members, veterans, and their families. 

Casey's career in veterinary medicine has fostered a deep passion for trauma therapy and grief counseling. She plans to pursue her veterinary social work certificate after completing her MSW and work directly with veterinary professionals struggling with depression, anxiety, and PTSD, as well as those grieving the loss of animal or human loved ones. 

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