By Kathleen Cooney, DVM, CHPV, CCFP and Jeff Lewis, PhD
Photo courtesy Dr. Kathleen Cooney
What type of people like to surround themselves with death? It seems intuitive the answer is no one. Death is emotional, sad work. People crying, confusing choices, anxiety. For those who want joy and happiness in their careers, death work appears the exact opposite, yet many veterinary professionals are shedding general practice or industry careers and heading straight toward it. They are being called to serve the dying, not the living. Who are these unique souls and what are they hoping to accomplish in the end-of-life (EOL) space? We have asked the questions and found some interesting answers.
Before we dive in, some background on what veterinary EOL includes. EOL refers to an animal’s end-o...
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