Course Description

For generations, veterinary teams have assisted with the deceased pet aftercare of patients to facilitate the needs of pet owners. From memorialization to holding pets for pickup, it’s been a normal business practice to make arrangements, lightening the burden of such things for grieving owners. In today’s growing end-of-life specialties, more attention is being directed towards ensuring arrangements are done in the most informative and ethical manner possible. This module shines light on ideal best practices in pet aftercare, with attention to transparency and aligning with what pet owners themselves have asked for. 1 CE credit offered following the module, reading of a 2021 aftercare study, brief quiz and survey.

Course curriculum

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    Ethical Aftercare Module

    • Ethical Pet Aftercare Module

    • 2021 Pet Aftercare Study

    • 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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