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Our Non-Profit Mission

The IAAHPC promotes comfort care that addresses the physical, psychological, and social needs of animals with chronic and/or life-limiting diseases. We promote physical, emotional, and spiritual support for caregivers. We also educate professionals and advance research in the field of animal hospice and palliative care.


Our Vision

The IAAHPC strives to create a world in which animal hospice and palliative care services are widely available to animals and their caregivers. We want hospice and palliative care to be broadly recognized by veterinarians, veterinary nurses/technicians, and mental health/spiritual care professionals worldwide as an integral part of quality care.


Our Values


• is committed to optimizing quality of life, minimizing animal suffering and distress, and providing support throughout the dying process, death, and care of the body

• is dedicated to integrating palliative services early in the management of chronic and/or life-limiting disease

• an interdisciplinary team approach to developing and implementing an individualized plan of care, including active participation and supervision by a veterinarian trained in animal hospice and palliative care

• is an inclusive membership organization representing different professions, and is open to anyone wishing to contribute to constructive discussion as we learn from our shared knowledge and experience.