Course Description

Did you know many countries do not allow pentobarbital? Or that depending on which region of the world you are in, euthanasia may not be allowed? Euthanasia is not one-size-fits-all. Determined by the human-animal bond, cultural norms, legislation, religion and more, variations to protocols across the globe require a healthy amount of understanding. This module will begin the conversation around what dictates euthanasia policies, and conclude with discussion of zoo euthanasia as well. 1 CE credit offered following brief quiz and survey.

Course curriculum

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    Euthanasia Around the World

    • Euthanasia Around the World Module

    • 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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