Animal Hospice Foundations

The foundational information to know BEFORE serving animal hospice. Vital information beyond veterinary medical care
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  • Lectures 24
  • Length 3.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 1/2015 English

Course Description

Animal Hospice Foundations is the course for you if you find yourself crossing the threshold of another family's home in service or support of animal hospice. This program specifically addresses all of the non-medical peripheral, yet crucial information when supporting a family through animal hospice.

Understand The Hidden Components of Animal Hospice Care

  • Identify the unspoken concerns of the family
  • Understand spiritual, cultural, and family dynamics
  • Build your own hospice team
  • Nurture clear, compassionate communication

Confidently and Completely Support Families in Animal Hospice

This course is foundational to every member of the hospice team. We address and identify various components of animal hospice not obvious to any one practitioner on the team.

The intention of this foundational course is to give you the complete view and understanding to the unseen dynamics in order to complement your particular strength and function within the hospice care team.

To get you into the material more quickly, I designed this course with overview style lectures; with an emphasis on the supplemental materials. In order to get the most from this course I recommended you schedule time to review the supplemental materials as well as explore and research the additional resources offered and map out a plan for implementation.

Care went into creating the materials in a way that would be accessible regardless of your skill set or experience in animal hospice care. I encourage you to take advantage of the weekly office hours available.

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Enroll today to learn the hidden elements to successfully supporting animal hospice.

Course updated: 7/31/2015

What are the requirements?

  • There is no prerequisite for this course. This program is intended to be an essential foundation for business, non-profits or specialties.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Understand the role of animal hospice for companion animals
  • Identify the ethical, legal and logistical considerations of supporting animal hospice
  • Name the roles and responsibilities for a hospice team
  • Apply best practices in safety, referring, and communication in supporting animal hospice
  • Identify who and where they are in supporting animal hospice, and what recommended next steps are available

Who is the target audience?

  • This animal hospice course is not intended for individuals looking to support their own family and pets.
  • This program is meant for animal hospice support team members and service providers. The program will not cover medical, psychological or technical materials.

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Section 1: Introduction and Definitions

This lecture includes: what we'll be covering in the material and how to get the most from this course.

Update July 29, 2015: Robyn Kesnow, RVT's office hours for live Google Hangouts are on Friday's. Find the Google Hangout to join in the discussion or send in your questions and she'll answer them there. Questions can also be sent via twitter. @robynkesnow


The history of hospice can be valuable when helping families. By understanding where hospice started and how it came to be what it is today, we can dispell myths and see the basis for some misunderstandings for what hospice is and is not.

Section 2: Diseases and Conditions
Diagnoses: Definitive, Differential, and without Diagnosis
Non-Cancer Disease and Diagnoses
2 questions

Considering the lectures on diagnoses diseases and conditions of cancer and noncancer what's most relevant to you?

Section 3: Stages and Symptoms of Dying
Stages of Dying
Pain Recognition and Management
Quality of Life Assessment
2 questions

There are stages, signs, and symptoms of dying, how are they significant for your role in animal hospice?

Section 4: Psychosocial Support and Factors
Family Dynamics
Legal and Logistic Considerations
Afterlife Preparations and Resources
3 questions

Sometimes our greatest support has more to do with the people and their pets.

Section 5: Communication, Listening and Boundaries
Clear Communication
Listening Skills
3 questions

Being able to clearly communicate your message, being able to competently receive their message, and having clear, well defined boundaries is paramount to this work.

Section 6: Religion, Spirituality and Dynamic Situations
Spirituality and Hospice Care
The Role of Chaplains in Hospice
Section 7: Recommended Safety Protocols, and Hospice Team Structure
Recommended Safety Protocols
Hospice Team: Structure and Roles
Managing Expectations
3 questions

The hospice team is the cooler of every hospice plan. Safety and understanding expectations ensure a well oiled machine, ready to serve.

Section 8: Review, Conclusion, and Suggested Next Actions
Section 9: Bonus: Grief and Compassion Fatigue
What is Compassion Fatigue and Why does it matter?
Managing Compassion Fatigue: Acupuncture

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Instructor Biography

Robyn Kesnow, Registered Veterinary Technician and Founder of Animal RN

Robyn Kesnow, RVT is the founder of Animal RN, an in-your-home pet care provider specializing in veterinary medical support. Since 2007 Animal RN has grown from highly qualified pet sitting service to an invaluable asset for the veterinary community and the first veterinary nursing and hospice service.

In 2009 Robyn teamed up with Dr. Amir Shanan DVM and colleagues to form the International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care. As a master and industry leader in the arena of animal hospice and palliation Robyn’s been referred to as the “Midwife to the Afterlife.”

Robyn has presented on animal hospice and palliation to numerous veterinary and veterinary technician students, including Sacramento’s Western Career College and the 2nd and 3rd Annual Conference for IAAHPC in Denver, CO. Via Animal RN’s RACE approved continuing education courses, Robyn teaches on topics relevant to animal hospice and adding animal hospice services to an existing veterinary practice.

When she’s not managing Animal RN, Robyn is coached and mentored by New York Times bestselling authors and referral marketing masters Dr Ivan Misner, Mike Macedonio and Dawn Lyons.

In her downtime, Robyn appreciates life in Northern California, including fine wines, luxurious farm to table foods and great friendships. Robyn is past president of the Gold Coast Australian Cattle Dog Club, Founder of the Sonoma County Lambda Sigma Gamma Alumni Association, a rotarian and supporter of the local Humane Society.

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