The Pet Loss Center resources for vets

For You and Your Team

As a pet care professional, you have embarked upon a mission of helping people and their pets. Whether you are in the medical field or in pet death care, possessing skills necessary to assist families through the emotional times associated with the death of their beloved pets will be a comfort to you and your families. This program has several uses:
As a pet death care provider, these courses are a wonderful program to bring to your veterinary clients. Facilitating this learning for clinics will certainly position your organization for more value-added services.
As a veterinary clinic, your team will appreciate enhancing their skills in assisting grieving families through the loss of their beloved animal companions.

Modules and Descriptions

The curriculum of the coursework is arranged to give you choices, matching
your particular needs to an appropriate learning module. These courses provide
a clear understanding of the grief process from a variety of perspectives, delivering the skills you will need to be both helpful and healing. These various Pet Loss & Grief Companioning courses will bring to you the skills you’ll need to feel comfortable in working with those experiencing the loss of a pet. You and your clinic can pick from a variety of courses and methods of receiving this educational information. Courses such as:

The Basics of Pet Loss Companioning

Understanding the basics of pet loss and grief and the meaning of “walking with” a grieving heart on their journey.

Understanding the Six Central Needs of Mourning

The loss of a pet is an emotional journey. Understand the needs of a grieving heart.

Understanding Effective Communication and Caregiver Attributes

Creating a safe environment for a grieving heart is imperative, learn the attributes to do this with non-verbal and verbal communication.

Various Consumer Segments Response to Pet Grief

From children to the elderly as well as pets, they all
respond to pet loss differently. Walk through each of these
segments to more fully understand their views on pet grief.

Anticipator Grief and Rituals

When a terminal diagnosis has been given, the grief journey also begins with the anticipatory grief. Support and rituals during this time will be crucial for families as they make their final and memorable end-of-life journey walk as peaceful as can be.

The Importance of Self Care as a Companion

Being a caregiver is exhausting work. Knowing where to put in personal boundaries will aid in making this role more fulfilling.

Pet Loss Companioning and The Value of Rituals

We celebrate various milestones throughout each year with our pets. Learn the various elements and be a resource to a family wanting to know how to create a ritual when a pet dies.

Pet Loss & Grief Companioning Certification Course

This intense 3-day retreat will provide every educational aspect of pet loss and grief.

From walking with a family in their grief journey to the marketing of your pet loss services, every important component of being a companion will be discussed in detail.

All of the mentioned courses are available in a variety of teaching mediums. Many veterinary clinics as well as pet loss operations are finding that bringing this type of training into their facilities is incredibly beneficial. For others, attending a webinar is the preferred way of learning. For many others, the 3 day Pet Loss & Grief Companioning Certification Course is the desired learning session needed.

Schedule your learning today

The risk of love is loss, and the price of loss is grief. But the pain of of grief is only a
shadow when compared with the pain of never risking love.
– Hillary Stanton Zunin

Grief is like the ocean; it comes on waves ebbing and flowing. Sometimes the water is calm, and sometimes it is overwhelming. All we can do is learn to swim.
– Vicki Harison

The Pet Loss and Grief Companioning courses are still one of the best CE experiences I have ever had. Coleen is engaging and makes serious topics bearable
and enlightening. I still use many of the “words and phrases” I learned during my course on a daily basis as I help coach families through their pet’s end of life experience. Coleen is a gem and her course is priceless. It is a must attend for anyone helping families cope with the loss of a beloved pet.”
– Krisi Erwin, DVM, CVA, CCRT
Wholistic Paws Veterinary Services

Just when you think you’ve got it down, this course advances your skills 10-fold. It is always the right time to learn more about companioning for our field!
– Kathy Cooney, DVM
Home to Heaven, LLC


Course meets the requirements for continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE approval; however, participants should be aware that some boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or restrictions on certain methods of delivery of continuing education.