Kathleen Cooney, DVM, CHPV, CCFP
Since 2006, my focus has been the enhancement of animal hospice care. In 2006, I founded (but no longer own) the company Home to Heaven in Loveland, Colorado. Today, it stands as one of the largest pet hospice services in the world. I am a past-President of the International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care (IAAHPC). Now through my consulting work with Cooney Animal Hospice Consulting, my wish is to provide end-of-life care training to veterinary team providers and raise awareness for this important field.
Today, I am well-known as a leader in the animal hospice movement and in the art of beautiful euthanasia experiences through the Companion Animal Euthanasia Training Academy (CAETA). It has been my honor to publish books, articles, write guidelines, present webinars, and speak at conferences all over the world in promotion of this work.
What is Animal Hospice to me? To me, animal hospice is comprised of five main components: Palliative Care, Hospice-supported Natural Death, Euthanasia, Pet Loss Support, and Body Care. Animal hospice is about helping the pet and family of caregivers live each day to the fullest; to manage physical symptoms of discomfort, to minimize fear-based decision making through education, and remembering that death is a natural part of life. It is my goal to maintain the human-animal bond as long as the pet is comfortable and the family is able to provide care. My consulting is targeted around these components.