Animal Hospice and Palliative Care Social Work Certificate Program: Modules 1-9 (Online)

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Animal Hospice and Palliative Care Social Work Certificate Program: Modules 1-9 (Online)

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Availability: In stock

37.5 hours

Registration Opens April 1, 2020

Online Modules: 1-9

Availability: In stock.



The AHPC Social Work Certificate is the process by which a non-governmental organization grants recognition to an individual who has demonstrated a high level of knowledge, skill, and ability. Obtaining the AHPC Social Work Certificate means that one has met specific requirements including training, experience and education, and has passed a series of post-tests. The AHPC Social Work Certificate indicates a substantial professional commitment to the field and documents this experience to employers, colleagues, and clients. Establish your credibility and gain the confidence of employers and clients by achieving the AHPC Social Work Certificate.

The AHPC Social Work Certificate Program standardizes and defines the skills and knowledge required of individuals and organizations offering animal hospice and palliative care, and establishes standard of care for these services that will reflect a level of excellence achieved by those individuals who have obtained the AHPC Social Work Certificate.

The AHPC SW certificate program is a 61 hour NASW approved continuing education program that is presented in ten modules, nine online (37.5 hours) and one onsite at the IAAHPC conference (23.5 hours).

The program begins with an overview of fundamental concepts and progresses to cover the unique challenges of providing veterinary medical, nursing, and psychosocial support as related to the animal hospice model. The program is designed to be completed over a four to 16month period. The flexible format is designed to allow students to create a curriculum timeline that best fits their busy schedule and CE renewal cycle. Online modules are composed of streaming lectures and activities that students can complete and submit at their own pace.

Approval Process

After purchasing Modules 1-9, you will be required to submit a student application for approval into the program. Once approved, you may begin Modules 1-9 and you will be eligible to purchase Module 10.

Additional Information

Additional Information

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Recognize the important work the emerging field of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care is having on people and pets globally.
  • Learn about the different role the interdisciplinary team plays in AHPC.
  • Recognize the important contribution the Social Worker makes to AHPC.
  • Be exposed to learn about the different approaches to care for people and pets, during the end of a companion pet’s life.
  • Explore methods of self-care for those engaged in this work.

*There are also learning objectives included within each module pertaining to the specific subject matter.

  1. Social Work License 
  2. IAAHPC Member in good standing

You will have 4-16 months to complete the online coursework. The certificate will be awarded upon attending the IAAHPC annual conference after the online coursework is completed.


NASW approved continuing education hours: 37.5

Platform Online