VIN Consultants and Editors

Specialty: Hospice/Palliative Med/End of Life Care

Associate Editor

Kathleen Cooney

Honors Awards and Fellowships

  • International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care (IAAHPC) Animal Hospice and Palliative Care, 2017


  • Residency in Animal Welfare/Laws, American College of Animal Welfare
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Colorado State University, 2004
  • Master of Science, Colorado State University, 2000
  • Bachelor of Science, Colorado State University, 1999

Current Professional Activities

  • Owner and Veterinarian — Home to Heaven, PC. Loveland, Colorado - Home pet hospice, euthanasia services, and water-based cremation service.
  • Guest lecturer Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine — topics of Animal Hospice, End-of-life and Palliative care as well as herbal medicine.
  • Author of two books on euthanasia and co-author of animal hospice book
  • Panel member for 2013 AVMA Euthanasia Guidelines and contributor to 2016 AAHA Animal Hospice Guidelines
  • Co-author of the 2013 IAAHPC Animal Hospice Guidelines
  • Task Force member of the IAAHPC Animal Hospice Certification Program
  • 2015 President and Board member — International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care (IAAHPC)
  • Owner and operator of a water-based cremation unit

Marital Status

  • Husband - John Cooney


  • 3, Michael, Shannon, Jenna


  • 3 dogs, Eleanor (lab), Daisy (terrier), Cricket (Chihuahua)


  • Horseback riding, travel, sewing, club activities with the kids

Favorite Quote

"Bloom Where You Are Planted" Saint Francis de Sales

What I Like Most About VIN

The ability to share practical ideas with other practitioners in a collaborative environment.

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