Animal Advocate Certificate

Obtain your  Animal Advocate Certificate!

As the leader in animal hospice and palliative care education, the IAAHPC knows the importance of having a healthy support system for not only the medicinal needs for a loved pet but also the emotional support for the loving pet parents.

The Animal Hospice and Palliative Care Advocate program is the only program in the world which complements and goes in tandem with two other Certification programs, the Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Veterinarian program and the Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Technician program, both offered by the IAAHPC. The Advocate certificate is just one more cohesive learning program to fully and comprehensively provide all levels of care and support needed.

Upon completion of the AHPC Advocate Program, individuals will be able to more effectively assist the core team within a hospice practice or veterinary hospital. This program begins with an introduction to animal hospice and palliative care, hospice terminology, includes critical communication skills during end-of-life conversations and finalizes with memorializing and body care options. Students also have the unique opportunity to participate in the elective Module 2: Communication alongside the veterinary certification students.

Be one of the first to embark upon this incredible learning journey by enrolling now.  If you have questions, please reach out to ahpcprogram@iaahpc.org.

Bronze Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Advocate

Bronze level: $299

  1. The Foundations of Pet Loss Support
  2. End of Life Communication
  3. Ethical Decision Making in Animal Hospice and Palliative Care
  4. The Psychosocial Needs of Pet Owners and Supporting the Pet Owners Needs
  5. Honoring and Memorializing
    • 5 hours of recorded content
    • Communication Module elective: $600
Silver Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Advocate

Silver Level: $499

  1. The Foundations of Pet Loss Support
  2. End of Life Communication
  3. AHPC Terminology
  4. Ethical Decision Making in Animal Hospice and Palliative Care
  5. The Psychosocial Needs of Pet Owners and Supporting the Pet Owners Needs
  6. Losing a Pet: A Child’s Perspective
  7. The Animal Dying Experience
  8. Honoring and Memorializing
  9. Understanding Options in Body Care
  10. Legal and Safety Concerns
    • 10 hours
    • Communication Module elective: $600
      Gold Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Advocate

      Gold Level: $899


      1. The Foundation of Pet Loss Support
      2. End-of-Life Communication
      3. Conducting a Pet Loss Support Group
      4. Understanding Pet Parents Spiritual, Religious and Cultural Needs
      5. Losing a Pet: A Child’s Perspective
      6. Facilitating Communication
      7. Anticipatory Grief and the End of Life Walk
      8. Shifting Paradigms
      9. The Interdisciplinary Team
      10. The Hospice Consultation
      11. Education of the Patient’s Caretaker
      12. AHPC Terminology
      13. Ethical Decision Making in Animal Hospice and Palliative Care
      14. The Psychosocial Needs of Pet Owners and Supporting the Pet Owners Needs
      15. The Animal Dying Experience
      16. Honoring and Memorializing
      17. Understanding Options in Body Care
      18. Legal and Safety Concerns

       

        • 18 hours
        • Communication Module elective: $600
      Who can enroll?
      Are you passionate about being of support for a pet parent who is maneuvering the end-of-life journey for a beloved pet? Then this Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Advocate program is for YOU. Every aspect of the Bronze, Silver, and Gold Levels of educational content will be immediately applicable for caring, compassionate professionals to support a pet lover facing the end with an animal. As an Advocate, you are one more part of the support team, partnering with a Veterinarian and Veterinary Technician to provide the highest level of care when it’s needed most.
      Other educational opportunities

      While attendance at the annual IAAHPC conference is not mandatory, the educational opportunity for additional learning is robust and relevant. The sessions will certainly apply to any situation, and will be applied to any future continuing education requests for the CHPA.

      Students also have the opportunity to elevate their advocate level even higher by electing to take our communication module. This allows students to be credentialed as Bronze+, Silver+ or Gold+. Our communication module consists of ten hours of recorded content in advanced communication skills and techniques and also includes attendance at the live communication workshop. This interactive workshop is held twice per year, either in-person at the IAAHPC conference or virtually. Completion of both the recorded content and participation in the workshop is required for full credit.

      Cost for the elective Communication Workshop is $600. 

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