Exotic Euthanasia; Don't Sweat the Small Stuff

Thursday, May 25, 2023 12pm-1pm MT (2pm-3pm ET)

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    Exotic Euthanasia; Don't Sweat the Small Stuff

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Join CAETA's Dr. Kathleen Cooney and Euthabag's Dr. Celine Leheurteux for a free race-approved webinar on exotic euthanasia. This module demonstrates species-specific euthanasia for companion exotics such as small mammals, reptiles, and birds. The purpose is to introduce the various techniques used in these animals compared to dogs and cats and shed light on the complexities they bring.  Attention will be given to predominantly injectable techniques, with some content on physical euthanasia methods. We will review how veterinarians manage these cases respectfully and compassionately.

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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.

Celine Leheurteux

Celine Leheurteux, DVM A graduate of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Montreal in 1999, and in the practice of small animals since then. Like many veterinarians, she had to euthanized thousands of animals. Having suffered from the lack of training in euthanasia, she is committed to share her knowledge and clinical experience with veterinary teams to improve the experience of euthanasia for everyone involved in the process. In the last 5 years, she has attended international veterinary conferences and is on a mission to share the best of what she has learned in lectures on end-of-life and communication and in the clinic. She is also completed the CAETA training in 2019 given by Dr Kathy Cooney, the KOL in veterinary end-of-life. Her focus is on how to structure the customer approach and promote the veterinary team wellbeing. Training teams on how to map the euthanasia experience, properly sedate patients, use safer alternate routes of providing medication and teach how to express empathy and deliver bag news. All potential sources of stress for families and veterinary teams.

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