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AAHA End of Life Care Guidelines Certificate Program


This program is a comprehensive course designed for veterinary professionals seeking to enhance their skills and knowledge in providing compassionate and effective end-of-life care for companion animals. This program, led by Dr. Kathleen Cooney, engages learners into modern best practices, including euthanasia techniques, palliative care, and communication strategies with pet owners. It emphasizes the importance of sedation for comfort, reducing fear, anxiety, and stress in patients, and introduces innovative concepts like 'euharmony'.

Participants will learn to reimagine the concept of a 'good death', ensuring both emotional and physical safety for clients and staff during the euthanasia process.The program focuses on enhancing the knowledge and skills of veterinary professionals in providing compassionate end-of-life care. It covers various aspects, including modern euthanasia techniques, the importance of sedation, effective communication with pet owners, and strategies for supporting veterinary teams. Among the entirety of the course the emotional and ethical considerations involved in end-of-life care are described from Dr. Cooney's personal and professional experiences over many years of practice.

By completing this program, participants will receive AAHA's Hospice & Palliative Care Guidelines Certificate Digital Badge and gain confidence in providing compassionate and professional end-of-life care, making a significant positive impact on the lives of pets and their owners.


Program Outline
PART 1: The introduction begins with reading the AAHA / IAAHPC's End of Life Care Guidelines to set the foundation of understanding and concepts at the core of practicing Hospice & Palliative Care in veterinary medicine (RACE Approved 0.5 credits).

PART 2: Euthanasia and Hospice Services (modules 1-8) covers in detail the clinical goals of our patients while addressing the emotional, social, and spiritual needs of the caregiver.  (RACE Approved 4.0 credits).

PART 3: End of Life Care Palliative Care in Practice (modules 9-14), will guide you through the goals unique to palliative medicine, practices to alleviate discomfort and distress, and responsibilities after death  (RACE 6.0 credits - submitted - awaiting approval).

Program Enrollment Options
1. Complete Course (Euthanasia / Hospice & Palliative Care)
2. Euthanasia / Hospice Only
3. Palliative Care Only

AAHA Members

  • Complete Course $200.00
  • Hospice Only $80.00
  • Palliative Care Only $120.00
Non-Members
  • Complete Course $250.00
  • Hospice Only $100.00
  • Palliative Care Only $150.00