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5th Annual Conference
San Diego, California
October 1-4, 2015

4 days of ground-breaking education in end-of-life


Track 1: Business
8:30-9:20: Fundamentals to Success (Cooney)
9:30-10:30: Maintaining Strong Team Unity (Gardia)
11:00-12:00: Building Community Relationships (Cooney)
1:00-1:50: Daily Operations (Cooney)
2:00-3:00: Establishing and Maintaining Profitability (Cooney)
3:30-4:30: Open Q and A (Cooney and others)

Track 2: Pet Loss
8:30-9:20: Understanding Pet Loss Companioning (Ellis)
9:30-10:30: Six Central Needs of Mourning (Ellis)
11:00-12:00: Anticipatory Grief (Ellis)
1:00-1:50: Marketing Your Pet Loss Business (Ellis)
2:00-3:00: The Benefits of a Pet Loss Support Group (Ellis)
3:30-4:30: Rituals (Ellis)

Main Ballroom
8:00 – 8:30: Welcome and run through on conference offerings
8:30-9:20: The Hospice Consultation (Cooney)
9:30-10:30: Immunonutrition for End-of-life (Villalobos)
11:00-12:00: Metronomic Chemotherapy for End-of-life (Villalobos)
1:00-1:50: Palliative Therapy in Cancer Patients, Part One (Ayl)
2:00-3:00: Palliative Therapy in Cancer Patients, Part Two (Ayl)
3:30-4:30: Oncology Q and A (Villalobos, Ayl)

Side Ballroom A
8:30-9:20: How Exactly Does That Drug Work? (Marchitelli)
9:30-10:30: Pre-euthanasia Sedation Protocols (Titcombe)
11:00-12:00: Taking Hospice Care to the Next Level (Braswell)
1:00-3:00: The Art of Dying (Pope)
3:30-4:30: Natural Death Support From a Traditional Vet’s Perspective (Cooney)

Side Ballroom B
8:30-9:20: Spiritual Aspects of Pet Loss and Natural Death Support (Windsor-White)
9:30-10:30: Death Around the World (Vogelsang)
11:00-12:00: The Psychology of Dying (Hendrix)
1:00-3:00: Talking with Children (Hendrix, Forslund)
3:30-4:30: Chaplaincy in Hospice (Rowehl)

Main Ballroom
8:30-10:30: Home Euthanasia (Forslund)
11:00-12:00: Measuring Quality of Life (Reid)
1:00-3:00: Pain Management (Downing)
3:30-4:30: Pain Management Q and A (Downing)

Side Ballroom A
8:30-9:20: Let’s Build a Comfort Kit (Cooney)
9:30-10:30: TBD
11:00-12:00: End-of-life Decision Making (Villalobos)

Side Ballroom B
8:30-9:20: Canine and Feline Mobility Conditions (Shearer)
9:30-10:30: Hospice Case Review (Cox)
11:00-12:00: Hospice Case Review (Hendrix)
1:00-1:50: Tech Time (Hendrix)
2:00-3:00: Open Discussion on the Future of Animal Hospice (Cooney)
3:30-4:30: The Veterinary Hospice Model (Dhupa)

Saturday evening dinner event  IGNITE with 10 presenters.  Dinner provided with registration

Main Ballroom
8:00 – 8:50: Integrating Hospice Into Private Practice (Wasche)
9:00-9:50: Integrating Hospice Into a Mobile Practice (Shapiro)
10:00-10:50: Integrating Hospice Into a Specialty/ER Setting (Cox)
11:00-11:50: Legal Forms/Documents (LeMasters)

Side Ballroom A (Laboratory - no additional cost)
8:00-8:50: Massage (Goulard)
9:00-9:50: Mobility Aids (Goulard)
10:00-10:50: Acupressure Part One (Snow)
11:00-11:50: Acupressure Part Two (Snow)

Side Ballroom B (Laboratory - no additional cost)
9:00-9:50: Urinary Catheters and Incontinence Management (Braswell)
10:00-10:50: Feeding Tubes and Appetite Support (Braswell)
11:00-11:50: Thoracocentesis, SQ Ports, and Respiratory Support (Braswell)

Sunday Noon - close of main conference

1:00-3:30: Euthanasia Technique Laboratory (Cooney) ($50 additional fee)
1:00-5:00pm: Into the Sunset Pet Transition Center Fieldtrip ($50 additional fee)

 

We are pleased to welcome attendees and presenters from around the world.  Around 26 individual hours of RACE-pending CE hours offered for veterinarians and technicians.

Join us in beautiful San Diego and let us quench your thirst
for advanced end-of-life knowledge

Registration opening June 1st
Includes lecture hours, majority of laboratory offerings, lunches/breaks,
Saturday night dinner with exciting IGNITE! talk, access to silent auction, and networking galore.

$400 for members,  $500 for non-members
$250 for college students

Location: San Diego Mission Valley Marriott