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The Companion Animal Euthanasia Training Academy (CAETA)

Dr. Kathleen Cooney, founder, and director of education at the Companion Animal Euthanasia Training Academy (CAETA) guides learners in this course, which explores and hones the comprehensive skill set required in companion animal euthanasia. Within the ten-module course, participants explore topics including pre–euthanasia and anesthesia protocols, euthanasia techniques, pharmacology and physiology, caregiver considerations, challenging situations, team support, and more.

In addition to receiving a CAETA certification of Commitment to Excellence, completion also earns participants 10 hours of AASVB RACE-approved CE.


Introduction: Meet Dr. Cooney and gain an understanding of CAETA’s purpose while viewing the objectives of this course by watching this introduction.

Module 1: Companion Animal Euthanasia

Module 2: Caregiver and Pet Considerations

Module 3: Pharmacology and Physiology

Module 4: Pre–Euthanasia and Anesthesia Protocols

Module 5: Euthanasia Techniques

Module 6: Challenging Situations

Module 7: Case Review

Module 8: Euthanasia Technique Training

Module 9: Useful Supplies and Materials

Module 10: Euthanasia Team Support

Those who will benefit from this course include:
  • Veterinarians
  • Practice managers
  • Veterinary technicians
  • Veterinary assistants


AAHA Members: $249
Nonmembers: $299

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A VetFolio subscription is not required to take this course. For those with a VetFolio subscription, the pricing structure is the same as noted above.

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At the end of this program, participants will be able to:


  • Perform confident, gentle companion animal euthanasia every time
  • Demonstrate improved euthanasia skills and protocols
  • Describe the pharmacology of euthanasia on animal physiology
  • Practice pre–euthanasia anesthesia and sedation and understand its purpose
  • Administer five, main euthanasia techniques for achieving a gentle death
  • Respond appropriately to challenging situations 
  • Assess case reviews, describing the situation and recommending a course of action
  • Perform post–euthanasia care and memorialization
  • Discuss the importance of euthanasia team support and create a team protocol
  • Much more!

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