AAHA 2016! What an honor it was to be with such an amazing group of veterinary professionals! AAHA’s annual conference convened in Austin this past weekend. A wonderful few days spent with veterinarians, vet techs, practice managers, and so many others looking to further their skill set and knowledge in working with pets and their people.
I was humbled to be one of the Learning Facilitators to address this incredibly forward-thinking group of people. For three hours, I was a part of a room filled with people, hungry for more information on how to work with pet parent families facing end-of-life decisions for their beloved pet. I really make sure my sessions are very lively in my voice reflection and delivery of information, and that the content is robust and full of applicable tid-bits so everyone in the room can go back to their respective clinics and be more comfortable in walking with these families though their emotional journey.
While I am so passionate about delivering this educational learning, what I am so overwhelmed with is the number of people that will approach me after my talks, with tears in their eyes because of how much their heart has been moved by the words that were shared. Touched as they remember lost loves in their life, and touched as they remember the countless pets and people that have come through their clinic’s doors who have asked them to be a part of their end-of-life walk.
My heart goes out to every one of these veterinarians, vet techs, practice managers and others who care so much that they can’t help themselves as the tears just fall. To all of you whose hearts are full as you think about the lives you’ve touched, the lives that have touched you, and those pets who have been a part of your journey as a pet care professional, thank you. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for making pet parents feel love and support on a really raw and painful day.
And for those that we partner with through The Pet Loss Center, thank you. Thanks for letting us be a part of your team of care for the pets, those that love them, and their end-of-life journey.