Curriculum


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.

Course descriptions

Weekly Topics

Week 1: Pet Hospice and Palliative Care

  • Cultural Trends and Paradigms
  • End-of-Life Pet Care
  • Quality of Life and Pet Pain
  • Euthanasia versus “Natural” Death
  • Components of a “Good” Death
  • Holistic and Integrative Support
  • Veterinarian Stress and Burnout

Week 2: After-Death Options and Support

  • Special Considerations: Horses and Exotic Pets
  • After-Death Decisions
  • Mourning and Bereavement Support
  • Children’s Grief
  • Memorializing a Pet

Free, Bonus Modules

  • Doula Bag, Visit Ideas/Activities
  • The Emerging End-of-Life Doula Career (Meetings, Contracts, Business Considerations)
  • Role and Scope Revisited

Technology Requirements

We recommend using a browser other than Internet Explorer with our online learning system, Blackboard. Firefox, Google Chrome, or other browsers tend to work more effectively with Blackboard. It’s very important to note that Blackboard will only work with a desktop or laptop computer. It is not designed to be used with phones or tablets (e.g., iPads), so please make sure you have access to a desktop and/or laptop computer for the duration of the class.

Weekly Topics

Week 1: Doula Essentials

  • The Role and Scope of an End-of-Life Doula
  • Engaged Listening
  • Companioning and Serving
  • Holding Space
  • Non-Judgmental Support

Week 2: Components of Compassionate Care

  • Unconditional Positive Regard
  • Ethics and Boundaries
  • Responding to Suffering
  • Caregiving Considerations
  • Self-Care

Week 3: Pet Hospice and Palliative Care

  • Cultural Trends and Paradigms
  • End-of-Life Pet Care
  • Quality of Life and Pet Pain
  • Euthanasia versus “Natural” Death
  • Components of a “Good” Death
  • Holistic and Integrative Support
  • Veterinarian Stress and Burnout

Week 4: After-Death Options and Support

  • Special Considerations: Horses and Exotic Pets
  • After-Death Decisions
  • Mourning and Bereavement Support
  • Children’s Grief
  • Memorializing a Pet

Free, Bonus Modules

  • Doula Bag, Visit Ideas/Activities
  • The Emerging End-of-Life Doula Career (Meetings, Contracts, Business Considerations)
  • Role and Scope Revisited

Technology Requirements

We recommend using a browser other than Internet Explorer with our online learning system, Blackboard. Firefox, Google Chrome, or other browsers tend to work more effectively with Blackboard. It’s very important to note that Blackboard will only work with a desktop or laptop computer. It is not designed to be used with phones or tablets (e.g., iPads), so please make sure you have access to a desktop and/or laptop computer for the duration of the class.

Featured Presenters & Contributors

  • Francesca Arnoldy
  • Robert Gramling
  • More info soon!