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The International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care(IAAHPC) is dedicated to promoting knowledge of, and developing guidelines for, comfort-oriented care to companion animals as they approach the end of life.

To accomplish our mission The IAAHPC will work to:

  • Increase the numbers of animal companions and families who use and the number of professionals who provide animal hospice/palliative care services.
  • Develop guidelines for veterinarians and other providers who will work with the patients and their families to preserve quality of life and prevent discomfort.
  • Promote research, documentation of experience and scholarly discussion of animal hospice/palliative care issues.
  • Promote recognition of animal hospice/palliative care as a specialty area within the professions that provide its services.

IAAHPC will attain these goals by:

  1. Educating professionals
    1. Presenting workshops and seminars offering CEU
    2. Certification program
    3. Presence at veterinary and other professional conferences (as speakers or exhibitors)
    4. Offering access to information in print and on-line.
  2. Educating the public
    1. Information on our web site
    2. Highly organized, exhaustive library of resources (eg. lists of websites, books, seminars...) on our web site
    3. Media exposure
    4. Presence at community events (as speakers or exhibitors)