Kathy Cooney, DVM, talks about death a lot.

As the founder of in-home pet hospice and euthanasia service, Home to Heaven; owner of Cooney Animal Hospice Consulting; and a well-known leader in the animal hospice movement, she knows that the end of a beloved pet’s life can be a difficult transition for all involved—but she also knows it doesn’t have to be.

We recently asked Cooney to tell us more about how best practices outlined in the Animal Hospice and Palliative Care Certificate Program can help improve the end-of-life experience for patients, clients, and the veterinary healthcare team.

Who is this course designed for?

This course is perfect for anyone seeking more meaningful work. The course is easy to follow and hits on all the key concepts in hospice and palliative care. Many who take the course seek out even more advanced training to ensure their patients and clients receive the best care possible.

What will participants learn?

Participants will gain comprehension of animal hospice and palliative care concepts that will immediately alter the way they practice medicine. The goal is for all participants to approach their cases in a more integrative way [that allows them] to design and implement care plans for success every time. We are teaching better medicine for the chronically ill and dying patient.

Why are you passionate about this subject?

I am passionate about good medicine and optimal support for the dying. Since 2016, I’ve dedicated my veterinary career to learn[ing] as much as I can. Having grown so much in my own professional understanding, it is rewarding to teach others best practices in all aspects of end-of-life care.

The Animal Hospice and Palliative Care Certificate Program is available on VetFolio. To learn more or register, visit aaha.org/hospicecare.

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