Small Animal

WVC 90th Annual Conference

(SA182) Euthanasia the Gentler Way

Monday, March 5
11:00 AM - 11:50 AM
MBCC, Breakers K, Level 2

CE Credits: 1

How do you make a euthanasia experience the best it can be? You start with the desire to be kind, to be compassionate, and to perform the procedure with perfect skill. You have to care about each individual moment and remember you are building memories for those left behind. Euthanasia is powerful. No doubt about it. And because it can be a soulful game changer for everyone involved, it’s worth doing right. This lecture will focus on creating memorable moments and the ultimate ‘safe space’.

Kathleen Cooney

Cooney Animal Hospice Consulting

Dr. Kathleen Cooney, DVM, MS, CHPV has been practicing advanced end-of-life care for over 10 years. She is the founder of Home to Heaven, P.C. in Loveland, Colorado, one of the world’s first, and largest, animal hospice services. She is also the founder of Cooney Animal Hospice Consulting. Dr. Cooney is a past President of the International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care(IAAHPC) and remains active in their organization, including design of the Animal Hospice and Palliative Care Certification Program, launched in 2016. She is well-known for her work in companion animal euthanasia and has authored two books on the subject. Dr. Cooney has collaborated in euthanasia training for the AVMA, AAHA, IAAHPC, and in 2017, helped launch a certificate program for the Companion Animal Euthanasia Training Academy. She is a strong advocate for best practices in all aspects of end-of-life care and speaks nationally and internationally on such topics.


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