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Euthanasia Reimagined Part One

Euthanasia is evolving along with the rest of veterinary medicine. We have a special opportunity to meet the needs of our clients and patients in new ways, especially as the human-animal bond continues to grow stronger. Clients expect more and teams need to know how to deliver. In Part 1 of this session, Dr. Kathleen Cooney, chief medical officer of Caring Pathways and director of education for CAETA, will highlight her favorite euthanasia tips. Plus...think you know euthanasia? Join us for some trivia time and test your knowledge.


  • Explore the 14 essential components of euthanasia
  • Learn communication tactics to improve team wellbeing
  • Review unique aspects of the procedure often overlooked

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Kathleen Cooney, DVM, CHPV, CCFP

Kathleen Cooney

Kathleen Cooney has been practicing advanced end-of-life care since 2006. She is director of education for the Companion Animal Euthanasia Training Academy (CAETA) and chief medical officer of Caring Pathways, Inc. Dr. Cooney is a past president of the International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care (IAAHPC) and assisted in the development of AAHA’s End-of-Life Accreditation Program. She is well-known for her work in companion animal euthanasia and has authored two books on the subject along with numerous articles and book chapters. Dr. Cooney has collaborated in end-of-life training for the AVMA, AAHA, NAVC, IAAHPC, Fear Free Program, SVME, and many more. 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 currently working towards board certification in animal welfare, expected by 2023. She loves all things old and gray.