Course Description

The human-animal bond is a beautiful part of our humanity. Sharing love and companionship with animals is paramount to our own wellbeing, meaning the loss of a pet can be overwhelming and wrought with personal struggle. In this module, students will explore the depth of the human-animal bond, learn new ways of supporting the bereaved client, and become more familiar with the stages of grief, including pathologic and complicated grief.

Course curriculum

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    Pet Loss Support

    • Pet Loss Support 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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