Many people consider their pets members of the family. When a beloved dog, cat, horse, or other companion animal is nearing end-of-life, the stress of decision-making coupled with the demands of caregiving can easily become overwhelming. Enter the End-of-Life Doula specializing in companion animals.

Companion Animal End of Life Doula

Who is this course for?

  • Aspiring doulas for companion animals
  • End-of-life care practitioners who would like further specialization in companion animals
  • Pet hospice and palliative care workers/volunteers
  • Veterinary Technicians
  • Pet care takers, such as dog walkers and pet sitters
  • Spiritual care providers
  • Pet owners

Compassionate End-of-Life Care for Companion Animals

Topics include Doula Essentials, Components of Compassionate Care, Pet Hospice and Palliative Care, as well as After-Death Options and Support. Learners will develop a broad understanding of this difficult yet inevitable journey, with a focus on honoring and memorializing the enduring bonds between clients and their companions.

Two tracks are available for this program. For alumni of UVM’s End-of-Life Doula Professional Certificate, you have the option to take the 4-week certificate knowing the first two weeks are a review from your certificate training or a 2-week specialization focusing on companion animal end-of-life care. If you are not an End-of-Life Doula Professional Certificate alumni, you must take the 4-week program to acquire skills related to doula essentials and compassionate care.