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Local Animal Hospice Supporter attends Inaugural IAAHPC Conference

October 17, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

On October 9, the International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care (IAAHPC) held its first annual conference in Ft. Worth, Texas. The conference was designed to educate pet care professionals on palliative care and animal hospice best practices while also allowing the attendees a chance to network to those working in the related field. Local in-home pet care provider and animal hospice supporter, Robyn Kesnow RVT, presented a segment on

the importance of the appropriate timing to offer hospice in veterinary settings and how to support families choosing this option, titled Recognizing the Hospice Patient.

Kesnow founded Animal RN, the first company to offer in-home animal nursery services (www.animalrn.com). Kesnow reported that the first IAAHPC conference “was an excellent source of information regarding industry trends and processes for supporting hospice while also providing a unique networking opportunity with peers and like-minded professionals from across the country.”

Industry experts presented on the practical tools needed to successfully operate an animal hospice service, including:

·         Individualized Hospice Care Planning

·         Building your successful Hospice Team

·         Understanding Anticipatory Grief

·         Managing Pain for Quality of Life

·         Dealing with Compassion Fatigue

IAAHPC is dedicated to promoting knowledge about and developing guidelines for comfort-oriented care to companion animals as they approach the end of life. For more information, visit www.IAAHPC.org. The cost of membership is $75 or $40 for seniors and students and is open to all interested in supporting ethical animal hospice care and education.

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