International Representatives

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The International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative care spans the world in its membership. Worldwide pet parents are demanding more in the life care of their pets. Dignified and respectful end-of-life services will be an organic area for professionals to focus on as a niche area of service and client experience. Wherever you are in the world, join us. Together we are shaping this profession, and we need you. Don’t see your country represented here? Let us know and we’d love to have you as an advocate to continue to share the mission for end-of-life services.

Canada

Dr. Lianna Titcombe – Ottawa, Ontario

Meet Dr. Lianna

Dr. Lianna is the founder and owner of Claire Place Veterinary Hospice, one of the first practices in Canada devoted to end-of-life care for companion animals. After 20 years in the field, Dr. Lianna has retired from clinical practice to focus on education. On the subject of animal hospice and palliative care, she is an author, speaker, educator, and mentor. She is past president of the International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care and is still active with their international committee. In an effort to improve animal welfare more universally, Dr. Lianna participates in volunteer missions to provide veterinary care to underserved communities both locally and in developing countries. A large focus of her career has been the care of all the people involved in the end-of-life stage for companion animals. Dr. Lianna has been the director of the Pet Loss Support Group of Ottawa for over 20 years and, as a certified yoga instructor, is now offering grief retreats to people living with loss. Recognizing that her true passion is the art of gentle euthanasia, Dr. Lianna joined the Companion Animal Euthanasia Training Academy (CAETA) in 2021 as the international director and instructor. Her goal is to expand the CAETA vision to a global scale, ever approaching the ultimate mission: to ensure that all animals, including humans, have the peaceful death that they deserve.

United Kingdom

Dr. Suzen Gregersen – West Sussex

Meet Dr. Suzen

Dr Suzen, Vets2Home Founder & Owner, and UK’s leading hospice vet and pet euthanasia expert. Her caring home care vet team at Vets2Home – Peaceful Pet Goodbyes, has been helping families say goodbye at home peacefully with vet home visits in Sussex since 2005.

Dr Suzen graduated in 1999 from The Royal Veterinary & Agricultural University in her native Copenhagen, then left Denmark to become a mobile vet in England. She realised as a big animal lover herself, that saying goodbye with gentle dog euthanasia or cat euthanasia at home and the whole end-of-life journey with any beloved pet was the most important but difficult and challenging time for any pet parent.

Dr Suzen had a vision to offer a professional, compassionate home care vet alternative to the clinical experience commonly offered. Vets2Home was founded in 2005 based on these important values. In addition to running Vets2Home, she is the UK instructor of CAETA International. CAETA offers specialised training to vet colleagues interested in using state-of-the-art euthanasia techniques when delivering the goodbye experience. She is honoured to serve as the first European Member on the board of the non-profit International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care (IAAHPC).

Australia and New Zealand

Dr. Jackie Campbell – Sunshine Coast, Queensland

Meet Dr. Jackie

Jackie has been a longstanding member of the IAAHPC and is one of Australia’s leading voices in the field of veterinary palliative care. As the owner of Sunset Vets, the nation’s largest network of veterinarians focused exclusively on palliative and end-of-life care, Jackie spends much of her time helping families effectively navigate medical decision-making at end-of-life.

A passionate advocate for the advancement of palliative medicine, her work extends beyond the clinical setting into speaking, education, and policy. She is a founding member of the Australian Palliative Care Advisory Council, was responsible for the delivery of the first ever Australian Veterinary Palliative Care conference event, and has been instrumental in the rollout of a nationally recognised grief support program for families experiencing pet loss associated grief.

As a part of the IAAHPC international committee she is delighted to represent her Australian and NZ colleagues and aims to help support and encourage others with an interest in this area of care, to connect, learn and all grow together.

Asia

Dr. Tiffany Ma – California, USA

Meet Dr. Tiffany

Dr. Tiffany Ma obtained her veterinary degree from UC Davis in 2006. After graduation, she received a year of advanced training at Veterinary Medical and Surgical Group in Ventura, a highly competitive internship program where she worked closely with many reputable specialists in the field. Dr. Ma practiced small animal medicine in Los Angeles and in the Bay Area for 9 years before becoming a hospice veterinarian. She founded Compassion Pet Hospice in early 2015 in loving memory of Lucky, her 17-year-old Papillon Mixed. Dr. Ma took care of Lucky in the last few months of his life at home. Lucky passed away in a familiar setting peacefully and with dignity, surrounded by many family members and friends who loved him. The experience was so profound that Dr. Ma started Compassion Pet Hospice with her husband to share this precious gift with other pet parents and pets.

Dr. Ma is also fluent in Chinese. It is her passion to serve the community with her unique background, her professional training, and her caring and compassionate heart.

Dr. Ma was interviewed by a local newspaper in 2015. Please click here to read the article.

Dr. Ma is honored to be the first Chinese-American Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Veterinarian. She graduated from the inaugural AHPC certification program in 2017 and is considered one of the pioneers in the field. She has served as the Asia representative of IAAHPC International Committee since 2016. She also completed the expert training in the art of gentle euthanasia through The Companion Animal Euthanasia Training Academy.

Germany

Dr. Svenja Joswig – Hannover

Meet Dr. Svenja

Svenja Joswig initially studied European economics in Bamberg and then completed her studies in veterinary medicine at the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, where she also received her doctorate in 2014. With her 15-year-old Labrador Momo, she for the first time increasingly dealt with the needs of geriatric animals. In various clinics in the USA and Germany, she deepened her knowledge of treatment and rehabilitation measures for this group of patients. This culminated in her training as a Certified Animal Hospice and Palliative Care Veterinarian (CAHPV), which she successfully completed in 2018 while working in various practices in Germany at the same time. She is the German representative of the International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care (IAAHPC) and now has her own practice in Hankensbüttel in the district of Gifhorn.

ABOUT ME:
I am a licensed veterinarian, specializing in geriatrics (geriatric medicine) for animals.

After the wish of my great 15-year-old Labrador mix dog Momo to grow old as nicely as possible, I specialized in veterinary geriatrics and after graduation also wrote my doctoral thesis in this area. My dog is now unfortunately already in dog heaven, but I would now like to help other animals and pet owners to master the age well and to make these sometimes difficult, but also valuable last years together particularly well.

With this goal in mind, I also advise other veterinarians on how to better respond to aging patients and their owners in their practices.

Austria

Dr. Els Nys – Wien (Vienna)

Meet Dr. Els

Vet Els Julienne Nys finished Vet school in 2003 in Belgium and moved to Austria where she started up her own Clinic in Vienna. (www.tierarztpraxis-auhof.at).
The human-animal-bond has always been a central part of her work. She was able to join several conferences of the IAAHPC and she finished the hospice and palliative care certification in 2020.

Switzerland

Dr. Shannon Axiak Flammer

Meet Dr. Shannon

Shannon Axiak Flammer is a proud member of the AHPC Certificate class of 2021. After blindly climbing the academic ladder, she finally stopped and decided to invest time in the things that interest her most. Playing the cello was a childhood fantasy and now, just after a few years, she is playing with the Belper Orchestra (fake it ’till you make it!).
Another passion was herbal medicine, and she is currently becoming certified in Veterinary
Phytotherapy by the Swiss Society of Medical Phytotherapy. She recently founded her own mobile palliative care practice in Bern, Switzerland (palliative-vet.ch), and is thrilled that as a business owner she can unilaterally choose to wear pink.

Shannon received her DVM from Michigan State University (2001), followed by an internship at
Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston. After working as a private emergency veterinarian, she completed a residency in Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia at the University of Bern with successful ACVAA board certification in 2008. Shannon served as European Editor-in-Chief of Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia from 2014-2018 and remains on the Editorial board.

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