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MULT106-0514: Understanding Hospice and Palliative Care
In some of the course Real Time Sessions the lecture will be predominantly audio
while in others the lecture will be predominantly text.
Kathleen Cooney, DVM, MS and Catherine Metcalf, RN, Case Manager (Hospice)
May 26-June 19, 2014
REAL TIME SESSIONS (RTS):
Mondays, June 2 and 9, 2014; 9:30-11:30 pm ET (USA)
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In order to prepare you for a successful experience
in your CE course, we request you attend a Practice Session prior to the first
Real Time Session. Please arrive promptly at the start time; each Practice Session
is up to 1 hour in length.
For more information, please visit the
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*The instructors for this course will be using audio which will require you to have a headset or speakers to listen.
If you have any concerns regarding your computer's audio capabilities, please be sure to attend
one of the Practice Sessions.
Level and Prerequisites:
course will be open to
veterinarians and veterinary technicians
interested in hospice and end-of-life care.
VIN CE Course:
veterinarians and veterinary technicians.
This course has been submitted for RACE approval for
veterinarians and veterinary technicians.
The Veterinary Information Network (VIN) is RACE Provider #22.
The purpose of hospice is to provide support and care for
people in the final phase of a terminal disease, so they can
live as fully and comfortably as possible. As the field of
animal hospice continues to develop, it is important to
understand where it came from, why it's needed, and how
leaders in the field are defining it today. Veterinary
professionals will do well to promote animal hospice in
a collective, cohesive manner so that caregivers will be
well supported throughout their pet's dying process.
This course is designed to help veterinarians and
veterinary staff understand the hospice philosophy and how
it has become an important part of today's health care system.
Course attendees will learn different service models, various
definitions of care, current trends, and what the future
holds for animal hospice.
This course consists of two (2) 2-hour Real Time Sessions, supplemental library materials,
interactive message board discussions, and a mandatory end-of-course test.
Successful completion (scoring 80% or better) on the end-of-course test is required
to earn a certificate of completion for the course.
*To learn more about the requirements for earning a CE certificate, please refer to
Receiving Your CE Credit and Course Completion Certificate
Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to
- describe the current definitions of animal hospice.
- identify the various service models in practice today.
- determine what it takes to offer hospice care and ways
to support caregivers.
- assess the dying process as it pertains to the patient
and their family.
- describe the hospice program and philosophy.
- determine when the patient and the patient's family will
benefit from the use of hospice.
Course materials will be available
in the course library prior to each Real Time Session.
Required Textbook(s): There is no required textbook for this course.
About the Instructors:
Dr. Kathleen Cooney
is founder and president of Home to Heaven,
P.C., a mobile pet hospice and euthanasia service based in northern Colorado.
Along with her mobile work, Dr. Cooney operates the nation's first pet euthanasia
center on her farm in Loveland Colorado. She was a member of the AVMA's 2013
euthanasia guideline panel and in May 2011, completed writing her first e-book
for veterinarians regarding the many facets of in-home euthanasia.
As of July 2012, Dr. Cooney completed a second book on euthanasia technique
training along with four other authors. This book has the potential to become
the world's first euthanasia textbook for use in veterinary colleges.
She has recently become the vice president of the International Association
of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care (IAAHPC). She is a strong advocate for
education and teaches in-home pet hospice and euthanasia techniques, along
with client communication, to junior veterinary students in Colorado State
University's veterinary medical program. Due to her accomplishments and
dedication to education, client support, and the advancement of animal
hospice care, she was awarded the 2011 Rising Star Veterinarian Award by
the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association.
, RN, Case Manager (Hospice), has been
a nurse for over 30 years. Her first job as a new LVN was at St. Joseph's
hospital in Orange County in the late 70s. She worked on the oncology floor
where many of the patients were receiving "experimental treatments."
These treatments often had horrible consequences and she witnessed many
"bad deaths." After going back to school to finish her RN, she found herself
working on a respiratory and oncology floor. The hospital provided hospice
for the terminally sick and dying patients in her care and she realized
what a difference that made in the experiences of the patients and their
families. Working with an Oncologist as a chemotherapy nurse, she would
administer the patients' chemo treatments and monitor them during the process.
During that time her mother became very ill, was placed on hospice, and
passed peacefully at home with hospice. This experience gave Catherine
a real appreciation of hospice from the perspective of a family member.
She then left the hospital and starting working for hospice and has
never regretted it. Working in hospice care can be emotionally difficult,
but Catherine feels honored to be allowed to provide support in this
very personal and emotional experience for the patient and their loved ones.
(Real Time Session June 2):
Understanding Hospice and Palliative Care in Human Medicine
Instructor(s): Catherine Metcalf, RN
The lecture will be presented in a predominantly text format.
- Brief history of hospice and palliative care
- Hospice philosophy
- Hospice eligibility and criteria
- Rights of the terminally ill
- Hospice team
- Physician, Nursing Staff and home health aides,
MSW, Spiritual coordinator, Bereavement coordinator
- Different levels of Care
- Routine, General impatient and Crisis care
- Symptom control
- Pain, SOB, Anxiety and agitation and Nausea,
vomiting or constipation
- Caregiver support and education
- Advanced directives
- Dying process
- Stages of grief
- Bereavement services
(Real Time Session June 9):
Understanding Animal Hospice
Instructor(s): Kathleen Cooney, DVM
The lecture will be presented in a predominantly audio format.
CE CREDITS: 4
- Brief history of animal hospice
- Refresher on the AVMA Veterinary Hospice Guidelines
- Philosophy behind the care
- Defining suffering
- Conventional end-of-life care
- Differences between "End-of-life Care" vs. " Animal Hospice"
- Categories of care
- Palliation, Natural death, Euthanasia, Pet loss support
and Body care
- Business service models
- Veterinary managed: clinic-based practice
- Veterinary managed: specializing mobile practice
- Caseworker managed: mobile based
- Caseworker managed: sanctuary
- Building the team
- Veterinarians and technicians, Caseworkers,
Specialty home care providers, Spiritual support,
and Grief counselors and more
- Challenges we face
- Current educational opportunities
- Where are we headed?
Member $84 ($76 early bird special if enrolled by May 12, 2014)
Non-Member $157 ($141 early bird special if enrolled by May 12, 2014)
*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes,
enrollment will close at 5 pm ET on June 2, 2014
or when the maximum number of participants is reached.
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Katherine James, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (SAIM)
VIN Education Coordinator
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