Certification FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can enroll?

To enroll in the program, individuals must meet the following criteria:

  • Be licensed veterinarians or veterinary technicians/nurses (or equivalent credentialing in their country).
  • Have a minimum of two (2) years of experience in the field.
  • Be members in good standing of the International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care (IAAHPC).

These requirements ensure that participants have a certain level of education, experience, and commitment to the field of animal hospice and palliative care.

What does the application process look like?

The application process for enrolling in the program typically involves the following steps:

  1. Enroll online.
    • If you’re not already a member of the IAAHPC, you’ll need to join prior to enrolling.
  2. Complete a short enrollment application form.
  3. Provide proof of current license as a veterinarian or credentialed veterinary technician/nurse.
  4. Submit a CV/resume detailing your professional experience in the field, along with an objective statement explaining why you desire to join the program.
  5. Purchase Module 1 of the program to begin coursework immediately.
  6. Upon submission of your application, it will be reviewed by the Program Administrator.
  7. If all eligibility criteria are met, your application will be accepted, and you will be enrolled in the program.
  8. If any eligibility criteria are not met, the Program Administrator reserves the right to decline your application.

This process ensures that applicants meet the necessary qualifications and are committed to participating in the program.

What is the time commitment?

The program’s duration can vary based on individual factors such as enrollment timing and time availability. Here’s a breakdown:

  • Minimum Duration: Some individuals, depending on when they enroll and their current time capacity, may complete the program in as little as 6-8 months.
  • Average Duration: On average, most students complete the program within a broader range of 10-16 months.
  • Module Completion Time: Each module typically takes an average of 30-60 days to complete. This time frame allows students to adequately engage with the course materials, assignments, and any practical components.

Factors influencing the completion timeline include the student’s prior knowledge, experience level, time commitment, and pace of learning. The program is designed to accommodate varying schedules while ensuring a comprehensive understanding and proficiency in animal hospice and palliative care.

What is the financial investment?

The tuition fees for the program are as follows (please scroll to the right if you're on mobile):

Licensed Veterinarian Licensed/Registered Veterinary Technician/Nurse
M1: Introduction to Animal Hospice & Palliative Care $1,000 $800
M2: Communication Workshop $600 $600
M3: Advanced Animal Hospice & Palliative Care $1,000 $800
M4: Advanced Pain Management $800 $640
M5: Advanced Euthanasia Techniques $300 $240
Case Report Review and Final Exam $295 $295
TOTAL COST OF TUITION (excluding annual conference) $3,995 $3,375

For a detailed breakdown of each module tuition, please email certification@iaahpc.org.

Can this program be completed virtually?

Yes, the program can be completed entirely virtually. Regardless of your location, you can participate in the program remotely. It’s worth noting that every other year there is an opportunity to attend our in-person conference. This conference provides an unique opportunity for attendees from around the world to gather together.

Can I take the modules out of order?

No, the program is designed to be taken in sequential order. Each module builds upon the knowledge and skills gained in the previous ones, providing a structured learning experience. Taking the modules out of order may result in gaps in understanding and difficulty in following the curriculum effectively. Therefore, it’s recommended to follow the prescribed order for the best learning experience.

I haven’t written a paper in years. What advice do you have regarding the case report?

Writing a case report can be a daunting task, especially if you haven’t done it in a while. Here are some tips to help you navigate the process:

  1. Understand the Structure: Familiarize yourself with the typical structure of a case report, which often includes sections such as Introduction, Case Presentation, Discussion, and Conclusion. Understanding this structure will give you a framework to work with.
  2. Review Guidelines: You will be provided specific guidelines that outline all of the requirements for the case report.
  3. Gather Information: Collect all relevant information about the case you’re reporting on. This may include patient history, diagnostic tests, treatment protocols, and outcomes. Organize your notes to facilitate the writing process.
  4. Seek Feedback: It is strongly recommended to seek feedback from peers, mentors, or instructors as you work on your case report. Their input can help you identify areas for improvement and refine your writing.
  5. Edit and Revise: Finally, take the time to edit and revise your case report carefully. Pay attention to grammar, punctuation, and formatting to ensure professionalism and clarity.

Remember, writing a case report is a skill that can be developed with practice and patience. Don’t be discouraged by any initial challenges, and keep striving to improve with each iteration. Know that the IAAHPC is here to help you grow as a professional and will provide support all along the way.

I’m not sure if I meet the eligibility criteria. Is there an advisor I can speak with?

Yes, you can definitely reach out to our Program Advisor for assistance regarding your eligibility or any other questions you may have. You can contact them via email at ahpcprogram@iaahpc.org. They will be happy to provide you with guidance and support as needed.