Course Descriptions

Angel Pets Conference

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“Exceeded expectations, big time!” -2014 conference attendee KP

Senior pet care  needs and resources- Dr. Kasandra Garner, DVM, Animal Hospital of North Ashville

This presentation will overview the aging pet, physical, nutritional, emotional aspects. Along with giving overviews of resources and ideas for providing comfort and high quality of life as a senior pet. Presentation will provide a better understanding of how senior animal care and needs are different from young or adult care.

Senior Pet Nutrition – Dr. Angel Mitchell, DVM, Bonnie Brae Veterinary Hospital

Dr. Mitchell will cover how nutrition needs change for our animal companions as they age. Ideas for improving digestion will be given. Other pet nutrition considerations covered. Current nutrition topics  regarding research around ‘grain-free’ will be touched on.

Understanding Veterinary Hospice and Palliative Care – Dr. Beth Dog Love2Marchitelli, DVM  

This lecture will explain what veterinary hospice and veterinary palliative care is for dogs and cats. An explanation of pet hospice as it relates to the physical and emotional needs of both pet owners and their companion animals.  The philosophy and practical application of this field of veterinary medicine will be discussed, along with how to access such care in your community. Time is allotted for Q&A This presentation.

Tips to Help Determine Quality of Life for Dogs and Cats – Dr. Beth Marchitelli, DVM 

Dr. Marchitelli guides us through components and aspects of how we can evaluate and identify those components associated with quality of life in dogs and cats. This will includes such  topics as appetite, bathroom habits, cognitive function and  mobility.  A helpful tool of a sample of quality of life scales will also be explained and discussed. Time is allotted for Q&A

 

 

Healthy Elements of Grieving for a Beloved Pet (1CE)- Coleen Ellis, CT, CPLP

The death of a beloved pet comes with it’s own unique elements of grief and subsequent needs for mourning. Just like every relationship a person shares with another, the bond we share with our pets is also special and one-of-a-kind.

“Disenfranchised grief” is by the sheer definition of the word a grief “that persons experience when they incur a loss that is not or cannot be openly acknowledged, socially sanctioned or publicly mourned”. With 70% of our population sharing their home with a pet, there’s certainly a part of our communities and social circles that absolutely do not understand the bond shared with a pet, nor the grief associated with their loss.

In this session, attendees will hear more about the grief journey for pet lovers and why that journey IS different than the loss of a human loved one. Attendees will also hear about the amazing healthy attributes of mourning for a beloved pet, and how to help others in their grief journey as well.

*Course meets the requirements for one hour (1) hour of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE approval; however, participants should be aware that some boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or restrictions on certain methods of delivery of continuing education.

 

 

Understanding Anticipatory Grief, Children & Grief, and Pets & Grief Girl and bunny(1CE) – Coleen Ellis, CT, CPLP

Attendees will get the finer points of three very important aspects regarding the death of a pet. Understanding Anticipatory Grief will be a session full of rituals and learning about the time before the actual death has happened. Even though a pet is still present, for a pet parent to know the time is approaching, whether it’s actually a day, week or month away, the emotional journey is much like the feelings for the inevitable death. The grief journey has begun; how can the final end-of-life walk support and guidance happen?

Children & Grief- so many times the death of a family pet is their first exposure to grief and loss. Walking with a child in their journey in a healthy manner will be enlightening as we explore how children see death, deal with death, and some activities to help them navigate their own emotions.

Pets & Grief – For those surviving pets in our homes, we’ll want to understand what they are going through as well in the loss of one of their own. Pets are like people, their relationships with other pets in the home is as unique as ours. Helping a pet lover to know what to do for their pets is eye-opening as well as heart-warming.

*Course meets the requirements for one hour (1) hour of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE approval; however, participants should be aware that some boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or restrictions on certain methods of delivery of continuing education.

 

 

Pet Loss Memorialization & Rituals to Honor A Life Shared (1CE) – Coleen Ellis, CT, CPLP

This session is heart-warming, as well as exciting, in seeing all of the various ways a unique life can be honored. Attendees will enjoy this very animated session of what pet parents have done to honor the special time spent with their beloved pet.
In loving and honoring the life shared with a special pet, many people will question “what can I do” or “what are the options.” Bucket lists to elaborate rituals, pet lovers are allowing themselves the permission to do what they need to do to fulfill their six-month goal… a goal which is to reflect back on the end-of-life walk and be able to say “the end was perfect.” From rituals to permanent memorialization ideas, attendees will find this session spirited and quick-paced with the depth of the information shared.

*Course meets the requirements for one hour (1) hour of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE approval; however, participants should be aware that some boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or restrictions on certain methods of delivery of continuing education.

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