Professional Organizations that Address Pet Loss Issues
American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA)
Training materials for veterinary professionals and books/pamphlets for veterinary clients.
American Veterinary Medicine Association (AVMA)
Makes available written Guidelines for Pet Loss Support Services and Veterinary Hospice Programs Brochures about Pet and Equine Euthanasia.
Animal Hospice Group
The Animal Hospice Group invites animal lovers of all backgrounds to become educated, trained, and certified in their online Animal Hospice Certification. The four Animal Hospice Group founders, pioneers in the field, teach on-demand lectures and hold live discussion groups on Zoom. Curriculum Graduates have the unique Internship opportunity to serve on their Animal Hospice Helpline, building confidence in both supporting caregivers and assisting professionals. Graduates take an exam to become Certified Animal Hospice Practitioners, indicating their competence in caring for declining, ill, and dying companion animals and the families who love them. Reach out to them on the first no-cost/low-cost Animal Hospice Helpline, going LIVE Summer 2022. Please learn more and join their Community and find animal hospice information on their website listed above.
Among the Argus Institute’s offerings are:
What Now? booklet for grieving pet owners
Clinical Service providing client grief support
Pet Hospice Program (local service and student training)
Veterinary communication/grief support curriculum and trainings
FRANK: Veterinarian-Client Communication Initiative
(workshops and trainings with CE credits available)
Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC)
111 Dear Lake Road, Suite 100
Deerfield, IL 60015
A national membership association providing certification and distance learning programs, as well as resources, information, and an annual conference.
Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement (APLB)
A national organization providing training and “certification” for pet loss support counselors. The Association’s website offers information, counselor referrals, and online forums/support for pet owners.
Center for Loss and Life Transition
Directed by bereavement expert Dr. Alan Wolfelt, the center offers:
“Pet Loss Companioning” Certification Program
Books about pet loss like, When Your Pet Dies: A Guide to Mourning, Remembering, and Healing by bereavement expert Dr. Alan Wolfelt
Companion Animal Euthanasia Training Academy (CAETA)
Through onsite or online education, participants have access to comprehensive coursework and instructors passionate about providing a better euthanasia experience for caregivers, patients, and veterinary teams everywhere.
Institute for Healthcare Communication, Inc.
A nationally accredited, not-for-profit organization that trains physicians and, in recent years veterinarians, throughout North America in effective communication skills. The veterinary communication training initiative is funded by a grant from Bayer Animal Health.
International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care (IAAHPC)
An interdisciplinary organization dedicated to promoting comfort-oriented nursing and medical for companion animals as they near the end of their lives and as they die.
International Society for Anthrozoology (ISAZ)
www.isaz.net (for membership and contact information)
Promotes the scientific and scholarly study of human-animal interactions. Also publishes the Anthrozoos journal and offers professional meetings and conferences worldwide.
Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI)
A non-profit research and education organization that is gathering, funding and sharing scientific research to demonstrate the positive health impacts of companion animals.
Pet Partners, formerly the Delta Society
www.petpartners.org (for membership and contact information)
Improves human health through service and therapy animals.
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