About the Course:

Horses and other equids are companion animals. They are loved and revered in our society and deserve the same attention given to their end-of-life story as all other beloved pets. Equine euthanasia is considered by many to be the most challenging type of euthanasia there is; their size, strength, and the nature of the bond around them makes it necessary for us to increase our skillset and ensure a safe and gentle death each time. Written by David Shuey, LVT, CHPT, a long-standing advocate for ideal standards in equine euthanasia, this module will explore many parameters around equine euthanasia; safety, proper techniques, restraint/handling, maintaining the bond, and more.

Course curriculum

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    Equine Euthanasia

    • CAETA Equine Module

    • End of Course Exam

    • Course Survey


Dave Shuey

Dave Shuey is a Registered Veterinary Technician, pianist, horse-owner, and (very) amateur dressage rider. He holds certifications from the International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care, the Companion Animal Euthanasia Training Academy, and the Human-Animal Bond Research Institute. He is currently pursuing a Master of Social Work degree at the University of Southern California. Dave graduated from the Bel-Rea Institute for Veterinary Technology in 2011, and began his career in the dentistry department at VCA Alameda East Veterinary Hospital in Denver, CO. After moving to Georgia in 2013, Dave served for several years at the University of Georgia Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Athens, GA in Anesthesia and Large Animal ICU, before pursuing his passion in animal hospice, palliative, and end-of-life care. Dave finished his veterinary technician career as Lead Technician at Main Street Vet in Madison, GA, where he provided training to the nursing staff, end-of-life support for pets and their families, as well as dentistry. He has authored the chapter on the human-animal bond and euthanasia for the upcoming 10th edition of McCurnin’s Clinical Textbook for Veterinary Technicians, and has been an active conference speaker since 2017. Dave also holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance, and gives solo recitals in public from time to time.