Animal Hospice Foundations
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Animal Hospice Foundations

The foundational information to know BEFORE serving animal hospice. Vital information beyond veterinary medical care
3.5 (3 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
369 students enrolled
Created by Robyn Kesnow
Last updated 8/2015
Price: $20
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  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • 16 mins on-demand audio
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • 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
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  • There is no prerequisite for this course. This program is intended to be an essential foundation for business, non-profits or specialties.

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

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.
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Curriculum For This Course
24 Lectures
Introduction and Definitions
4 Lectures 22:03

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

Preview 03:10


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.

Hospice History and Standards

Diseases and Conditions
3 Lectures 12:53
Diagnoses: Definitive, Differential, and without Diagnosis


Non-Cancer Disease and Diagnoses

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

Quiz: Disease and Conditions, Section 2
2 questions
Stages and Symptoms of Dying
3 Lectures 35:18
Stages of Dying

Pain Recognition and Management

Quality of Life Assessment

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

Quiz: Stages and Symptoms of Dying, Sect 3
2 questions
Psychosocial Support and Factors
3 Lectures 43:55
Family Dynamics

Legal and Logistic Considerations

Afterlife Preparations and Resources

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

Quiz: Psychosocial Support, Sect 4
3 questions
Communication, Listening and Boundaries
3 Lectures 27:10
Clear Communication

Listening Skills


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.

Quiz: Communication, Listening and Boundaries, Sect 5
3 questions
Religion, Spirituality and Dynamic Situations
2 Lectures 06:46
Spirituality and Hospice Care

The Role of Chaplains in Hospice
Recommended Safety Protocols, and Hospice Team Structure
3 Lectures 31:36
Recommended Safety Protocols

Hospice Team: Structure and Roles

Managing Expectations

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

Quiz: Safety and the Hospice Team, Sect 7
3 questions
Review, Conclusion, and Suggested Next Actions
1 Lecture 05:55
Bonus: Grief and Compassion Fatigue
2 Lectures 15:15

Managing Compassion Fatigue: Acupuncture
About the Instructor
Robyn Kesnow
3.5 Average rating
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369 Students
1 Course
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.