Course Description

Emotionally Intelligent Euthanasia (EIE) is born of the idea that maintaining personal control of emotions is beneficial to one’s mental health and well-being. It is useful to understand what we are feeling during euthanasia and what other’s around us are experiencing. Such knowledge guides our communication with pet owners and makes end-of-life work much more enjoyable and fulfilling. This module explores concepts like self-awareness, social skills, and empathy to build lasting EIE. Ideal for veterinary students, those new to veterinary medicine, and those who may be feeling dissatisfied with euthanasia-related work. 1 CE credit offered following the module, article reading, brief quiz and survey.

Course curriculum

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    Emotionally Intelligent Euthanasia

    • Emotionally Intelligent Euthanasia

    • Why You Need Emotional Intelligence article

    • EIE Article

    • End of Module Quiz

    • End of Module Survey



Kathleen Cooney

Kathleen Cooney has been practicing advanced end-of-life care since 2006. She is well-known for her work in companion animal euthanasia and has authored two books on the subject. Dr. Cooney has collaborated in euthanasia training for the AVMA, AAHA, IAAHPC, HABRI, the Fear Free program, and is founder and Director of Education for the Companion Animal Euthanasia Training Academy. The core certificate program is Dr. Cooney's design and is based around the 14 Essential Components of Companion Animal Euthanasia. She is a strong advocate for best practices in all aspects of end-of-life care and speaks nationally and internationally on such topics. Dr. Cooney is also the founder of Cooney Animal Hospice Consulting and past President of the International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care (IAAHPC) and remains active in their organization, including design of their Animal Hospice and Palliative Care Certification Program, launched in 2016. As of 2020, Dr. Cooney is working on becoming boarded in Animal Welfare through the American College of Animal Welfare.

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