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Hospice and Palliative Care Standards; Growing Your Services with Compassion at the Core

Adding advanced palliative care and hospice services can feel like a Herculean task. It is a complex time of life for our patients and their owners, but with the right practice blueprint, it can be simpler than you realize, while adding huge benefits to both patient care and team fulfillment. In this two-hour session, Dr. Kathleen Cooney, chief medical officer of Caring Pathways will explore the history of animal hospice, what the industry looks like today, and how to implement protocols into your daily work. We will spend time talking about AAHA's End-of-Life Accreditations Standards and how they shape the care we deliver. This session is going to be jam-packed. Not that interested in hospice yet? Come see what you might be missing out on.


  • Learn the fundamentals of hospice/palliative care
  • Appreciate what's required to offer hospice services
  • Review AAHA's EOL Accreditation Standards

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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.