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MULT107-1013: Art of Euthanasia and Assessing Quality of Life
Mary Gardner, DVM and Dani McVety, DVM
October 15-November 8, 2013
REAL TIME SESSIONS (RTS):
Tuesdays, October 22 and 29, 2013; 9:30-11:00 pm ET (USA)
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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.
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one of the Practice Sessions.
Level and Prerequisites:
course will be open to veterinarians
interested in euthanasia and the concept of "quality of life."
VIN CE Course:
Open to veterinarians.
This course has been RACE approved for veterinarians.
Assessing the quality of life of a family pet is a delicate balance between
managing client emotions, the progression of the disease, and the
happiness of the pet. These key issues are not always in harmony and it is
the job of the veterinary professional team to manage and balance each
party's interests with the natural developments of biology.
Understanding common trends in both people and their pets helps better
identify their needs, address their concerns, and make a decision that
does the "most good" for all involved.
The euthanasia appointment is unparalleled in emotion and sentiment.
There are few things in veterinary medicine, or life moreover, that
require as many outward displays of empathy, compassion, and
commiseration from a doctor. The tone of voice, delivery of words,
bedside manner with both patient and client, and the medical
procedure itself become a delicate dance around death that doctor
and staff should carefully choreograph and continually improve.
This course consists of two (2) ninety (90) minute 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.
*The lecture portion of this course will be an audio presentation, please be prepared to listen.
Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to
- use the best and most comprehensive tools available for evaluating
quality of life.
- describe the most common complaints clients have with their aging pet
and how to address them.
- evaluate end of life symptoms from a 3-D view.
- demonstrate an understanding of trends in the decision making process of clients.
- demonstrate an understanding of the various ways in which clients may
interpret their pet's quality of life and how it may affect the client's
decision making process.
- demonstrate an understanding of the various methods for addressing
- demonstrate an understanding of how the hospice program and philosophy
may help clients.
- demonstrate an understanding of the importance of non verbal communication.
- provide specific examples on how to improve your non verbal communication
in the exam room during a euthanasia.
- demonstrate an understanding of the various methods of handling clients
before, during, and after the euthanasia appointment.
- implement specific methods to improve in-hospital euthanasia.
- use specific words and phrases with clients to ease the process.
- demonstrate an understanding of the importance of euthanasia with
regards to client satisfaction and retention.
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. Mary Gardner
is a small animal veterinarian, speaker,
consultant, author and inventor. After 10 years in the computer industry as
a software trainer, business analyst and senior product manager, she decided
to pursue her passion and graduated from the University of Florida College
of Veterinary Medicine in 2008. Dr. Gardner began working at a general
practice in South Florida but left shortly after to help co-found Lap of
Love International with Dr. Dani McVety.
Bringing those 10 years of software experience into the veterinary industry,
Dr. Gardner led the development of Lap of Love's proprietary practice
management software (Sunshine), built specifically for veterinary hospice
and euthanasia services. In 2013 she developed The Pet Hospice Journal,
an online interactive Quality of Life Assessment program, which is
free to the public.
Now splitting her time between Florida, Oregon and California -
she manages the growing network of Lap of Love veterinarians and is
responsible for all internet and social media marketing as well as developing,
constructing and supporting company-wide enterprise applications.
When not working, Dr. Gardner is passionate about her furry brood of
2 dogs (a Doberman and a Samoyed), 3 cats, and one rabbit.
Dr. Gardner writes and speaks for professional and lay audiences on
all aspects of end of life care, including Veterinary Hospice and Euthanasia.
She is also fluent in internet & social media marketing, search engine
optimization and a variety of other topics. She has spoken at NAVC, IAAHPC,
professional sales meetings, veterinary schools and animal hospitals
around the country. Dr. Gardner and Lap of Love have been featured
in numerous local and national news media including DVM News Magazine,
Today's Veterinary Practice, Vetlearn.com, DVM 360 and Entrepreneur Magazine.
Dani McVety, DVM
- In addition to her important role as a hospice veterinarian,
Dr. Dani McVety is a speaker, consultant, author, and mother. With a deep love
for the human-animal bond, Dr. McVety found her calling while volunteering
with human hospice before veterinary school. She knew she wanted to bring
the same passion for life and respect for death that hospice upholds into
this amazing profession. After graduation, she practiced emergency medicine
while forming Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice; both helping her gain a
greater understanding of how to help families at a time in which they
felt the most helpless. Dr. McVety joined forces with her classmate,
Dr. Mary Gardner, shortly after founding Lap of Love and together they
have built a business that partners with the some of the most warm and
caring doctors around the country; this remains their greatest source of pride.
Dr. McVety frequently writes and speaks for professional and lay audiences
on end-of-life veterinary topics in hopes of empowering both parties to
seek the highest standards of care. Dr. McVety and Lap of Love have been
featured on numerous local, national, and professional media outlets
including ABC, Fox 13, University of Florida Alumni Magazine, DVM 360,
and many more. She proudly graduated from the University of Florida,
College of Veterinary Medicine and is the youngest recipient of the
college's Distinguished Young Alumni Award (2013).
(Real Time Session October 22, 2013):
Accessing Quality of Life
Instructor(s): Mary Gardner, DVM
- What does 'Quality of Life' mean
- Different methods to evaluate quality of life
- Disease based evaluations
- Discussing complications for specific diseases
- The 4 'budgets' that effect quality of life for both pet and owner
- Common symptoms that change quality of life
- Disagreements between family members and their ideas of 'quality'
- Handling guilt
- Not placing guilt on owners
- Dealing with self-placed guilt by owners
- Common diseases that cause most guilt
- Building the line in the sand for "When is Time"
- Ways to increase quality of life and enjoy the time owners have left
(Real Time Session October 29, 2013):
The Art of Euthanasia
Instructor(s): Dani McVety, DVM
CE CREDITS: 3
- Why euthanasia in the first place
- What constitutes exceptional service
- Common practices in clinics
- How they may be interpreted by clients
- Ways to improve these common practices
- Verbal communication with clients
- Explaining the process
- Discussing complications
- Soft phrases to use when it gets difficult
- Non verbal communication with clients
- Quick tips to soften your approach
- Dealing with difficult situations
- Going above and beyond - wowing the client
- Memorial items that mean the world
- The extra touches that bring them back to you
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