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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:

TEXTBOOK: there is no textbook recommended or required for this course


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.


  1. Each person must individually be a registered member of VSPN ( Membership in VSPN is free.
  2. Each person must be able to receive emails from and addresses. This is our major form of communication with participants. It is highly recommended that course participants use their own, personal emails rather than clinic/hospital email addresses.
  3. VIN Member veterinarians SHOULD NOT register for their staff. Please have the staff member register through VSPN. Please email if you have questions.
NOTE: The Exceptional Client Service Skills for the Receptionist/Front Office Staff Member course is a precursor to The Challenges Facing the Receptionist/Front Office Staff Member course. It is highly recommended that this course be taken first.

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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.

COURSE WITHDRAWAL AND REFUND POLICY: Withdrawal prior to the listed start date of a course entitles the registrant to a complete refund or a credit toward a future VSPN or VIN CE course, whichever is preferred. Withdrawal within 1 week after the listed start date (i.e. including no more than one real-time session) entitles the registrant to a credit toward any future VIN CE course. (Does not apply to courses with only one real-time session.) After the first real-time session, a registrant may withdraw due to special circumstances and receive prorated credit towards a future VIN course. These requests will be handled on an individual basis. The amount of the prorated credit will be determined based on 65% of the time remaining in the course at the time of withdrawal. It is not possible to withdraw retroactively.
Note: To ensure rapid handling of your request for withdrawal, we recommend that you call the VIN office at 1-800-700-INFO (4636).
Nanette R. Walker Smith, RVT, CVT
VSPN Content Director or


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