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AHPC Certification Program Module 1: Introductory Hospice Module

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AHPC Certification Program Module 1: Introductory Hospice Module

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Registration for Module 1 Starts: June 15, 2019 and Ends: August 15, 2019

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*Approval Process

After purchasing Module 1, you will be required to submit a student application for approval into the program. Once approved, you may begin Module 1 and you will be eligible to purchase other AHPC modules. Instructions on this process will be emailed to you after registration.

Program Information

The Animal Hospice and Palliative Care (AHPC) Certification Program (CP) will standardize and define the skills and knowledge required of individuals and organizations offering animal hospice and palliative care, and will establish a standard of care for animal hospice and palliative care services that will reflect a level of excellence achieved by those individuals who have obtained certification.

The AHPC CP is a 115-hour RACE-approved continuing education program that certifies its students in animal hospice and palliative care. The program begins with an overview of fundamental concepts and progresses to cover the unique challenges of veterinary medical care, nursing care, and caregiver care as related to the animal hospice model.

The program is presented in five modules, four online and one on-site module, in a flexible format designed to allow students to create a curriculum timeline that best fits their busy schedule. Online modules are composed of streaming lectures and activities that students can complete and submit at their own pace.

The on-site module is offered once each year and is held in conjunction with the IAAHPC conference. Here, students will partake in both an advanced communication skills lab critical to animal hospice and palliative care, and a wet lab that gives students the opportunity to learn advanced euthanasia techniques. On-site sessions will allow for small group activities with individualized instruction from leaders in the field of animal hospice, and networking opportunities with hospice-minded colleagues will help facilitate learning well after the course is completed.

Additional Information

Additional Information

Instructor(s) Cherie Buisson, Kathy Cooney, Shea Cox, Jessica Pierce, Amir Shanan, Tamara Shearer, Tammy Wynn
Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course you should be able to:

  • Explain what animal hospice and palliative care involves
  • Describe the role of the interdisciplinary team in hospice care
  • Identify ethical considerations in hospice care
  • Summarize strategies for effective end of life communication
Prerequisites

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Licensed veterinarians
  • Licensed veterinary technicians
  • Professional license must be current
  • Applicant must be an IAAHPC Member in good standing 

Students of the AHPC Certification Program are eligible for the Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Veterinarian (CHPV) and Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Technician (CHPT) designation, endorsed by the International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care, upon completion of:

  • successfully complete all 5 modules of the program
  • successfully submit peer-reviewed hospice case reports
  • successfully complete the online exam
Details

Veterinarians

Module 1- Introductory Module, 25 hours: $695
Module 2 - Conference and Communication Module: $1,095 (includes conference registration and the day-long pre-track communication lab with Dr. Jane Shaw)
Module 3 - Advanced Module, anticipate 35 hours: $1,095
Module 4 - Pain Management Module, 25 hours: $500
Module 5 - Advanced Euthanasia, 7 hours: $300
Case study review and exam administration: $295 

TOTAL COST OF TUITION: $3,980.00


Veterinary Technicians

Module 1- Introductory Module, 25 hours: $510
Module 2 - Conference and Communication Module: $835 (includes conference registration and the day-long pre-track communication lab with Dr. Jane Shaw)
Module 3 - Advanced Module, anticipate 35 hours: $835
Module 4 - Pain Management Module, 25 hours: $375
Module 5 - Advanced Euthanasia, 7 hours: $225
Case study review and exam administration: $210 

TOTAL COST OF TUITION: $2,990.00

Please note! Students must complete the Introductory Module prior to the Conference and Communication Module

Certifications

AAVSB RACE Hours: 25

Outline

Introduction:

  • Overview of Certification
  • Shifting Paradigms in Veterinary End of Life Care
  • Human Hospice vs. Animal Hospice
  • History of Animal Hospice

The Interdisciplinary Team in Hospice Care:

  • Interdisciplinary Team Approach
  • Non-medical Roles of Veterinarians
  • Practice Options for Hospice Care
  • Facilitating Communication with Referring Veterinarian, Specialist, and Interdisciplinary Team

Overview of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care:

  • Psychosocial Needs of Pet Owners and Supporting the Pet Owner
  • How to Organize a Consultation
  • Importance of Integrative Care to Support the Patient
  • Development of a Personalized Care Plan
  • Education of the Caretaker
  • Case Examples

Ethical Considerations and Decision Making:

  • Animal Emotion, Cognition and QoL
  • Clinical Ethics, Professional Ethics, Societal Ethics

What to Expect with the Dying:

  • Hospice-supported Natural Death
  • Euthanasia
  • Post Mortem Changes

End of Life Communication:

  • SPIKES and Frame Communication
  • Introduction to Grief and Loss
  • Cremation Process, Burial Options
  • Standards of Aftercare
  • Honoring and Memorializing
  • Maintaining Emotional Balance for the Hospice Team

Legal and Safety Concerns
Basic Steps in Establishing a Hospice and Palliative Care Business

Additional Info

How to Access Module 1: Introduction After Registration

  1. Log in at  https://learn.iaahpc.org/customer/account/login
  2. Click  "Learning Portal"
  3. Enter the course "AHPC Module 1: Introduction"
  4. Complete Steps #1 & #2
  5. Wait to receive an email indicating your AHPC Student application has been approved/graded (The review process may take up to 2 weeks)
  6. Complete Step #3
  7. Start your course!

PLEASE NOTE: Candidates requesting to withdraw from the program after submitting an application will be charged an administrative fee of $200.00 Credit card transactions or checks that are declined may be subject to a $25 handling fee

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