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Get Certified and Become a Standout in Your Field!

Certification is the voluntary process by which a non-governmental organization grants recognition to an individual who has demonstrated a high level of knowledge, skill, and ability. Certification means that one has met specific requirements including training, experience and education, and has passed a comprehensive examination. Certification indicates a substantial professional commitment to the field and documents this expertise to employers, colleagues, and clients. Establish your credibility and gain the confidence of employers and clients by achieving AHPC certification.

The AHPC Certification Program standardizes and defines the skills and knowledge required of individuals and organizations offering animal hospice and palliative care, and establishes a standard of care for these services that will reflect a level of excellence achieved by those individuals who have obtained certification.

The AHPC CP is a 100-hour RACE approved continuing education program that is presented in four modules, three online and one on-site, certifying its students in animal hospice and palliative care. The program begins with an overview of fundamental concepts and progresses to cover the unique challenges of veterinary medical, nursing, and caregiver care as related to the animal hospice model.

The program is designed to be finished within 16 months in a flexible format designed to allow students to create a curriculum timeline that best fits their busy schedule. Online modules are composed of streaming lectures and activities that students can complete and submit at their own pace, however, each module has an established start and finish date.

The on-site module is offered once each year and is held in conjunction with the IAAHPC conference. Here, students will partake in both an advanced communication skills lab critical to animal hospice and palliative care, and a wet lab that gives students the opportunity to learn advanced euthanasia techniques. On-site sessions will allow for small group activities with individualized instruction from leaders in the field of animal hospice, and networking opportunities with hospice-minded colleagues will help facilitate learning well after the course is completed.

You can download the Certification Program brochure here: inside, outside.