Session 1 • FACILITATING EUTHANASIA CONVERSATIONS

Euthanasia conversations contend with issues of monumental consequence. The manner in which end-of-life is discussed has the potential to alleviate or aggravate client grief, influence client and professional satisfaction, and create or destroy long-lasting veterinary-client relationships. Compassionate, skilled conversations make a difference. They not only foster client decision making and reduce animal suffering, but also enhance both client and veterinary satisfaction and well-being. Effective communication is one of the most important contributors to high quality end-of-life care.

This session covers:

  • The underlying social dynamics that make euthanasia discussions so difficult
  • The communication principles that enable greater effectiveness with end-of-life decisions

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