Helpful resources for the VETERINARY TEAM
Reading aids for your practice
Compassion Fatigue: Compassion Fatigue is a state experienced by those helping people or animals in distress; it is an extreme state of tension and preoccupation with the suffering of those being helped to the degree that it can create a secondary traumatic stress for the helper.
dmv360: A summary of what Compassion Fatigue is, to help us understand why we sometimes feel so exhausted at the end of our work day.
Veterinary Wisdom: Resources for clients and vet team for everything related to euthanasia.
Practice Building Handling Euthanasia: Tips on how we can do better and make euthanasia an opportunity to strengthen our relationship with our clients (by Mary Gardner, dvm and Dani McVety, dvm in TVP)
The Art of Euthanasia and the Science of Death: A funny printable summary of the recommendations of this article.
Helping clients cope with the death of a pet : quality of life assessment, how to approach it with kids from VetFolio.
Why clients leave: a negative or neutral euthanasia experience can result in a client leaving even if they like the veterinary team. The plastic bag set a negative tone for the practice, in DVM360.
Euthabag and the Environment: This document will answer all of your questions regarding the composition of Euthabag and its environmental impact.
Sample Euthanasia protocol: to make sure no steps or details are forgotten by the team, in DMV360.
Why we should stop trying for a perfect euthanasia by Dr. Andy Roark.
Stages of Grief made simple. This chart may help you as well as families understand the emotions they are experiencing.
In Home Pet Euthanasia Techniques: Written by Dr. Kathleen Cooney, for veterinarians, students, hospice providers, and technicians to help them gain comfort providing pet euthanasia in the home setting, including well described illustrations.
Blue Juice euthanasia in veterinary medicine.Written by Patricia Morris. Offering a behind the scene look of this unique reality
Hospice and Palliative Care for Companion Animals: Principles and Practice. The first comprehensive reference to veterinary hospice and palliative care, with practical guidance and best practices for caring for sick and dying animals.veterinary teams experience.
The Companion Animal Euthanasia Training Academy: providing education to improve the overall experience for the pet, caeregivers and veterinary team.
Low Stress Handling University: Designed for Companion Animal Professionals to be able to find the classes you need to help you better serve your clients, increase business and/or lower worker’s compensation costs. Here you will find all the classes that were offered at
Practical Tips for Euthanasia
PREPARING FAMILIES FOR EUTHANASIA: Here is a brief checklist of things to discuss with families prior to euthanasia to help reduce stress during the experience.
Give the intravenous injection in the lateral saphenous vein (dogs), or in the femoral vein (cats). This allows the owner to be up in front with their companion
Use the XS Euthabag to transport euthanasia materials in a discrete way. Useful both at the clinic or for in-home care.
Check out this insightful article on euthanasia trends by Dr. Dani McVety: 6 Euthanasia Trends You Didn't know Existed
Alternate Routes for Euthanasia by Dr. Mary Gardner: Euthanasia methods that minimize stress may not always involve an IV catheter.