Fall Lecturing Herbs, Animal Hospice and Palliative Care

This has been a busy fall, keeping up with the new herbal medicine course for veterinarians that I am co-teaching in the Outerbanks, North Carolina, as well as lecturing this month at the IAAHPC (International Animal Hospice and Palliative Care) annual meeting. The new textbook was well-received and the first students in the Animal Hospice and Palliative Care Certification Program (100+ hours) completed our graduation, adding more certification letters to keep track of!

It is a relief to have this certification completed and it was such a valuable learning experience to share the knowledge of many experts on topics including pain management, recognition and palliation of clinical signs of discomfort in animals, progression and prognosis of various diseases including cancers and organ failure, holistic and integrative approaches to treatment, the normal processes of death including euthanasia, and additionally all of the important aspects of after care, memorialization and grief that accompany end-of-life care for our animals.

We all have different needs when it comes time to say goodbye to our beloved animal companions. I make an effort to approach this time with flexibility, compassion, and understanding to help families provide the best possible care in any given situation. One of the most valuable things that I can provide is extra time to think things through, during home visits and with additional comfort care for the animals. For more information on
end-of-life services, click here or contact me.