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Staff Resources

Professional Organizations that Address Pet Loss Issues

Argus Institute

 

Colorado State University
James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital
300 West Drake, Fort Collins, Co  80525
1-970-297-4142

argus@colostate.edu
www.argusinstitute.colostate.edu

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 Pet Loss and Bereavement (APLB)

 

www.aplb.org

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

http://www.centerforloss.com

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 bybereavement expert Dr. Alan Wolfelt

Institute for Healthcare Communication, Inc.

 

171 Orange Street, 2nd Floor, 2R
New Haven, CT 06510-3111
Ph:  800-800-5907 or 203-772-8280
FAX:  203-772-1066

info@healthcarecomm.org
www.healthcarecomm.org

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

Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC)

111 Dear Lake Road, Suite 100
Deerfield, IL  60015
1-847-509-0403

www.adec.org

A national membership association providing certification and distance learning programs, as well as resources, information, and an annual conference

American Veterinary Medicine Association (AVMA)

www.avma.org (search pet loss)

Written Guidelines for Pet Loss Support Services and Veterinary Hospice Programs Brochures about Pet and Equine Euthanasia

American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA)

www.aahanet.org

Training materials for veterinary professionals and books/pamphlets for veterinary clients

 

American Association for Human-Animal Bond Veterinarians (AAH-ABV)

http://aahabv.org/ (for membership and contact information)

Provides education, research, and support to enhance veterinarians’ ability to create positive and ethical relationships among people, animals, and their environments

International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care (IAAHPC)

www.iaahpc.org

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

Pet Partners, formerly the Delta Society

www.petpartners.org (for membership and contact information)

Improves human health through service and therapy animals

*These resources are updated frequently. We check to be sure the numbers and links we provide you with are the most current we can. If you find that a link or a number does not work, please let us know so we can correct it! --Last updated 8/05/19.