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STAF109-0405 : Euthanasia of the Companion Animal and Grief Management
Cecelia J. Soares, DVM, MS, Lic. Marriage & Family Therapist.
April 1 - May 7, 2005
Real Time Sessions: Wednesday evenings, April 6, 13, 20, and 27; 9:00pm - 10:30pm ET (USA)
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Of all the difficult things about veterinary practice, there is almost universal agreement that euthanasia is the most difficult. Even clients who have had to decide whether to disconnect life support from human family members have expressed that no decision was ever as difficult as the one to euthanize their beloved animal. At all levels of the veterinary practice team, we are intimately involved in those decisions as well as in the emotional support of the grieving clients.
This course discusses the role of the veterinary team with clients at these times. In addition, there will consideration of the issues for shelter personnel. All veterinary staff are encouraged to take this course.
Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to:
Week 1: Introduction to preparation for euthanasia and grief response
Content: Understanding the grief response and preparing clients for the impending death of a pet
Week 2: The four steps in closure
Content: The "nuts and bolts" of making euthanasia procedure go as smoothly as possible. Preparing the client for a "client present" euthanasia
Week 3: Dealing with clients' reactions to a pet's death
Content: Anticipatory grieving vs. sudden or unexpected death
Week 4: Stress management of the veterinary team
Content: Managing the stress of the veterinary team, especially following multiple losses
LIBRARY MATERIALS: Library materials will be made available prior to the topic week so participants will have plenty of time to prepare for the real time sessions and discussion.
MESSAGE BOARD DISCUSSIONS: : Message board discussions regarding the topic presented will begin on the day the course opens and continue for one week following the last real time session. These discussions will be held in the VSPN CE course area.
CE HOURS: 6 (applied for RACE approval)
$102 ($92.00 early bird special if registered before March 18, 2005).
* VT Students currently enrolled in and taking at least 2 classes or 5 units at an AVMA accredited or CAAHT approved Veterinary Technician Program may be eligible to receive a 50% discount off the regular rate for this course (upon verification of student status) *VT students: You must include the following information in the comments section of the CE enrollment form in order to be eligible for this discount: your program directors name and contact information (email/phone) and school name.
** NOTE: Registration will be closed when the maximum number of participants is reached or at 5pm ET the day of the first real time session.
**For More Information on VSPN's upcoming CE Courses, check out http://www.VSPN.org/CE
Note: "This course has been submitted for approval for 6 hours of continuing education credits in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB's RACE approval; however participants should be aware that some boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or restrictions on certain methods of delivery of continuing education. Call VIN/VSPN for further information." (Attendees are encouraged to check with their licensing jurisdiction(s) for information regarding recognition by their board.) This course has also been submitted for approval of continual education units toward CVPM requirements by the VHMA.
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