No matter how long you have been in practice, euthanasia is something that never gets any easier. The conversation around this topic can be uncomfortable and distressing for both owners and professionals.
That's why we wanted to find someone who could help you take this topic and increase your confidence when talking about the topic of euthanasia.
Dr. Jocelyn understands first hand how euthanasia can contribute to compassion fatigue, so together with her knowledge and the support from EUTHABAG she has provided a FREE 30 minute CPD to help broach some of the Do's and Don'ts of Euthanasia.
This bitesize CPD and RACE approved course looks at providing tips on how to better take care of our veterinary team and clients during this difficult and painful time, ensuring that we are honouring the human-animal bond at all times.
To release your 30 minute CPD/CE Certificate, there is a short 5 question MCQ at the end for you to complete.
I consider euthanasia to be one of the most sacred duties I have as a vet tech. It is my job that the pet's passing is as peaceful as possible, and is litera...Read More
I consider euthanasia to be one of the most sacred duties I have as a vet tech. It is my job that the pet's passing is as peaceful as possible, and is literally a "good death." So when they think of their pet's last moment, it will be a positive memory. (as positive as possible) One thing I would like to see is more recommendations on how to discuss behavioral euthanasia. I am part of a group that is for people who have had to go through behavioral euthanasia - and the EXTREME guilt they feel euthanizing a physically healthy pet. And guilt of waiting too long - often brought on by an attack that caused injury. This is never an easy issue to discuss and the client often experiences trauma that can last years! Fear of being around a dog, and even more, fear of ever adopting another dog (and again not seeing the aggression/attack coming.) I'm so encouraged that every one of the 10 do's I already do. My mom came with me the first time I had to euthanize one of my pets. I was in tech school so I knew what would happen. She did not...and did not say anything to me until after (she was relieved that he wasn't in pain or didn't cry out or thrash around.) From that moment, I was adamant that no client of mine would EVER have to go through that. Instead, knowing what to expect, they could focus on the last moments with their pet. I make sure all "transactions" are completed while we are placing the catheter. And you can often tell how the cremation service handles the body by the person that collects them. I can confidently assure the client that their pet will be treated with the utmost respect from the first moment until they are returned to them (if they choose private cremation).Read Less
10 do's and don'ts
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