Pet Bereavement

Online Learning Programme

An online programme to perfect your skills in pet loss support

Saving lives is the mission of all veterinary professionals and one of the main reasons many seek to advance their skills and knowledge. Because of this, coping with pet loss and supporting grieving owners can take a heavy toll on veterinary teams. Our new online learning Postgraduate Programme in Pet Bereavement will help vets, vet nurses and the supporting clinical team gain the tools to support clients and colleagues through this experience, from advising about the right time to consider euthanasia, to offering compassionate support during this emotional time.  

How does it work?  

This high-quality online learning modular programme will guide you through the fundamental principles of pet bereavement and the physical, emotional, and psychological effects it has on practice staff and their clients. This programme consists of eight interactive modules, spread over 15 months, each containing a total of 9 lessons, 2 reflective studies, course notes and weekly summary videos. All materials are hosted in our world-leading Learning Management Platform and authored by renowned professionals.

Content will cover important topics around the bereavement process, such as how to deal with experiencing euthanasia or patient death for the first time, providing help to the grieving client, best practices for euthanasia and compassion fatigue, among others.

Strengthen your role within the veterinary team  

Pets are seen as a family member by most owners and dealing with their loss is difficult and often traumatic. Vet professionals can play a crucial role in supporting them and offering the best counselling in a humane manner. Seize this opportunity to stand out by becoming skilled in pet bereavement and strengthen your position within the veterinary team.

This online programme will lead you to 50 hours of CPD accredited by ISVPS and an attendance certificate will be awarded upon course completion. This Programme is not a recognised subject for the ISVPS NCert qualification.

Please note this programme is suitable for vets, vet nurses and the supporting clinical teams involved in pet bereavement support.

Join world leading veterinary CPD specialists on this very first edition for a programme that will help you rediscover your passion and clinical enthusiasm. 

Key features of this programme:

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8 varied modules

Delivered over 15 months covering key topics suitable for vets, vet nurses and supporting clinical team

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Support from the Module Tutor

A tutor who specialises in the module subject will provide online support during each module and will be available to answer all your questions 

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Leading online learning experience

Presentations, written notes, interactive quizzes, multiple choice question writing and exercises which test your knowledge as you work 

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Discussion forum

A discussion forum for conversation, debate and sharing cases with your peers and Module Tutors 

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Recognised Course Director

Lisa Howe RVN, A1, Cert. Pet Bereavement (BC) oversees the programme ensuring the latest content  

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Four sessions per month

Each module consists of four sessions spread over one month. Sessions comprise separate lessons and case-based studies to work through at your own pace 

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Delivered 100% online

Giving you access 24/7 via our world-leading Learning Management Platform 

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Regular assessments

Pre-module and post-module assessments encourage you to reflect on your learning and evaluate your progress

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Dedicated Programme Coordinator

A dedicated Programme Coordinator who will support you every step of the way 

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Interactive and engaging modules

Which allow you to absorb the learning materials in an online environment 

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Know-how

Join the global veterinary online learning CPD specialists and benefit from our know-how and high-quality resources 

Programme Details:

Modules summary
  1. Introduction to Pet Bereavement
  2. How staff personal experiences with pet loss can influence how their loss of a patient is handled
  3. Behavioural euthanasia. Why mental suffering is just as valid a reason for euthanasia as physical suffering
  4. Compassion fatigue
  5. Dealing with difficult and unusual euthanasia’s to include COVID-19
  6. The grieving client and how best to provide help
  7. Euthanasia best practice
  8. Best practice when offering pet cremation services
Benefits

Benefits for you:

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Increase your skills, knowledge and confidence in dealing with more complex cases 

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Demonstrate your ambition and commitment to professional
self-improvement
 

Benefits for your clients:

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Improved animal care and welfare 

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Increase in nursing clinic options 

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Reassurance that their pet is in safe hands 

Benefits for your practice:

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Increased practice revenues
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Improved productivity
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Transferable knowledge and skills within practice 

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Enhanced opportunity for interprofessional sharing of best practice 

Why study with us?
  • Established in 1998 by a group of veterinary surgeons providing the highest quality training programmes
  • Now operating in 20 countries worldwide and various locations in the UK
  • Originators of modular CPD for veterinary professionals and still a company which is run by vets
  • More than 20,000 veterinarians and 600 Veterinary Nurses and Technicians have benefited from our modular training
  • We use world-class speakers to deliver the academic syllabus whilst ensuring content is relevant to practice
  • Our practical training facilities are purpose-built and contain the latest technology
  • Postgraduate programmes accredited by the International School of Veterinary Studies (ISVPS)

Tutors:

Carrie Kearns

Carrie Kearns

VCA, ACC Dip PBC, Cert Pet Bereavement BC MACCPH ADV Dip BCT, MCMA, NLP Practitioner and Master NLP Practitioner
Kevin Spurgeon

Kevin Spurgeon

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Lisa Jayne Howe

RVN, A1, Cert. Pet Bereavement (BC)
Introduction to pet bereavement
1 Mar 2022 | Online

At the end of this module delegates should be able to:

  • Recognise and explain why there is a need for a change in making grief associated with pet bereavement acceptable
  • Identify and evaluate the stages/ models of grief that clients may experience
  • Identify how each stage of grief can affect how quickly a client will find resolution and how acceptance or a lack of it, affects ultimate resolution
  • Recognise different types of grief; normal grief, anticipatory, complicated grief
  • Identify what hindsight bias is and how it can prevent someone finding resolution
  • Identify what role guilt plays in the grief cycle
  • Outline the importance of identifying the role animals play in clients’ lives
  • Evaluate how the strength of bonds between humans and animals can influence the strength of grief an owner may feel (theories of attachment Bowlby)
  • Have an overview of the physical and psychological responses to grief and mourning
  • Identify different types of Human and Animal relationships (HAB) and how they can cause intense grief responses
  • Evaluate how you can help when an animal is grieving
  • Evaluate why people with underlying mental health issues are far more likely to experience complicated grief
  • Explain why we have a duty of care to both the animal and the client, including safeguarding issues
  • Assess when and how to take the next steps in becoming a pet bereavement counsellor

Speaker: Lisa Jayne Howe RVN, A1, Cert. Pet Bereavement (BC)
How staff personal experiences with pet loss can influence how the loss of a patient is handled
1 May 2022 | Online

At the end of the module delegate should be able to:

  • Prepare themselves pre-euthanasia and be able to reflect and move forwards after a euthanasia
  • Prepare and assist with euthanasia for a patient and be able to effectively allow, cope and process any personal feelings that come about as a consequence of the work using relevant support where needed
  • Reflect on why dysthanasia occurs and what steps can be taken to avoid this situation
  • Support and be emotionally responsive and resilient to a client based on that client’s own merit and circumstances. Support the client through their loss without appropriate self-disclosure where this is deemed appropriate to comfort and connect with the client
  • Identify and recognise potential emotional triggers that may affect the way you work and when you are unable to handle a particular client as it mirrors too closely your own current or unresolved experience
  • Identify a range of external sources of support and be able to direct clients to these where necessary
  • Recognise when you need additional support, from colleagues, via clinical supervision, which may include external sources in some cases

Speaker: Carrie Kearns VCA, ACC Dip PBC, Cert Pet Bereavement BC MACCPH ADV Dip BCT, MCMA, NLP Practitioner and Master NLP Practitioner
Behavioural euthanasia; why mental suffering is just as valid a reason for euthanasia as physical suffering
1 Jul 2022 | Online

At the end of this module delegate should be able to:

  • Identify and accept the various reasons for a behavioural euthanasia
  • Recognise the feelings and emotions a client may be experiencing and provide support
  • Recognise that mental suffering affects a patient’s quality of life
  • Identify where certain judgements may come from and why we may feel the way that we do
  • Support a client pre and post behavioural euthanasia fully and appropriately
  • Identify and be able to direct clients to external sources of support where necessary

Speaker: Carrie Kearns VCA, ACC Dip PBC, Cert Pet Bereavement BC MACCPH ADV Dip BCT, MCMA, NLP Practitioner and Master NLP Practitioner
Compassion fatigue
1 Sep 2022 | Online

At the end of the module delegates should be able to:

  • Describe what compassion fatigue is and how it can affect themselves and others
  • Identify the phases of compassion fatigue and outline each phase
  • Evaluate and assess themselves and their colleague’s wellbeing
  • Cite positive coping strategies for dealing with compassion fatigue
  • Explain and identify the importance of promoting good mental health and wellbeing practices including proactive/longer-term coping strategies as opposed to quick fixes and a daily commitment as opposed to reactive to events after things build-up
  • Demonstrate where to find help for themselves or a colleague if they are struggling and appreciate the different levels of help available from bibliotherapy and therapeutic life-style choices to more formal approaches such as psychological therapy

Speaker: Lisa Jayne Howe RVN, A1, Cert. Pet Bereavement (BC)
Dealing with difficult and unusual euthanasias to include Covid 19
1 Nov 2022 | Online

At the end of this module delegates should be able to:

  • Identify how to provide attentive and respectful euthanasia out of the clinical environment
  • Evaluate and assess how to provide the safe euthanasia of an aggressive patient
  • Explore and recognise ways euthanasia without the owner(s) can achieve a dignified goodbye for both client and animal
  • Describe why the COVID-19 pandemic has caused clients to feel a deeper sense of loss
  • Evaluate the emotional and psychological effects the COVID-19 pandemic has had on clients
  • Summarise why some clients will associate the required safety measures with restricted services and increased suffering to their pet

Speaker: Lisa Jayne Howe RVN, A1, Cert. Pet Bereavement (BC)
The grieving client and how best to provide help
1 Jan 2023 | Online

At the end of this module delegates should be able to:

  • Demonstrate what are the appropriate words to say and not to say to a person who is grieving
  • Identify why certain words and phrases can be helpful and some unhelpful to a grieving person
  • Evaluate why sometimes a gesture of kindness speaks louder than words and can be more helpful to a client whose pet has just passed away
  • Recognise and outline positive coping strategies to help grieving clients
  • Identify when clients may need further help from a medical professional or pet bereavement counsellor
  • Summarise the top techniques for helping someone cope with pet loss
  • Outline how and what can be done to help to prepare a client for the impending loss of their pet
  • Identify the difference between empathy and sympathy
  • Explain how to convey empathy and help defuse a challenging situation
  • Evaluate how to prepare and discuss death with children
  • Evaluate how to prepare clients with additional needs

Speaker: Lisa Jayne Howe RVN, A1, Cert. Pet Bereavement (BC)
Euthanasia best practice
1 Mar 2023 | Online

At the end of this module delegate should be able to:

  • Demonstrate what we can do in practice to provide a gold standard of euthanasia
  • Explain why providing a gold standard of euthanasia can help grieving clients reach overall resolution quicker
  • Outline why clients who experience a traumatic euthanasia are far more likely to suffer from complicated grief, or post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Summarize the key reasons why a bereavement policy should be created in all practices and how this can help with conflict resolution
  • Identify how to communicate effectively with clients including body language, tone of voice
  • How to manage a very distressed or disruptive client
  • Identify why bereavement packs are useful and what should go in them
  • Describe how to set up euthanasia/ palliative care clinics and how they can help clients come to terms with the eventual euthanasia
  • Explain how and when to use quality of life scoring systems to help clients and their pets
  • Identify that the key to client retention is a positive euthanasia experience for both the animal and the owner
  • Outline why we must identify and adapt how we approach and discuss euthanasia with clients with additional needs
  • Outline what additional needs an individual may have and what we can do to ease their concerns and distress

Speaker: Lisa Jayne Howe RVN, A1, Cert. Pet Bereavement (BC)
Best practice when offering pet cremation services
1 May 2023 | Online

At the end of this module delegates should be able to:

  • Recognise the key components needed to comply with consumer protection regulations
  • Describe what the different cremation processes entail
  • Be able to produce a best practice working document for the clinic in arranging pet cremations
  • Describe the information required in order to enable clients to make an informed decision
  • Have an overview of best practices at a pet crematorium including the required approvals
  • Be able to summarise the responsibilities of veterinary practices to comply with their Duty of Care
  • Be able to produce a client-facing infographic explaining their choices for after-death care
  • Recognise how other cultural beliefs must be acknowledged and identify how to adapt end of life care accordingly

Speaker: Kevin Spurgeon

Pet Bereavement Online Learning Pricing

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Full course price£295.00£1,104.00£1,399.00
Full programme 15 monthly instalments£295.00£83.00£1,540.00
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Pet Bereavement Online Learning
1 Mar 2022 – 31 May 2023
Lisa Jayne Howe, Carrie Kearns, Kevin Spurgeon
50 CPD Hours
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