Vets and Nurses Course

Pet Bereavement


01 May 2023 - 31 Mar 2024

Perfect your skills in pet loss support

In this Focus 20 online programme, you will be given the tools to master the fundamental principles of pet bereavement and the physical, emotional and psychological effects on all practice staff and clients. 

With guidance from a Module Tutor, you will learn which practical steps and techniques to use to support those around you and the owners of a pet during this difficult time. 

What does this Focus 20 programme include?  

Written by renowned experts in their field, this Focus 20 programme dives deeper into this essential subject area than any other course. It will enable you to confidently and proactively approach best practices in euthanasia in a clinical environment and promote compassionate pet bereavement support to your clients. Importantly, it will also help staff support each other, as well as pet owners. 

You will also learn: 

  • To understand the appropriate need for euthanasia 

  • To communicate effectively with empathy and sympathy while maintaining a professional approach to these difficult circumstances  

  • To gain a greater depth of knowledge in pet bereavement 

We would like to acknowledge the contribution made by Carrie Kearns VCA, ACC Dip PBC, Cert Pet Bereavement BC MACCPH ADV Dip BCT, MCMA, NLP Practitioner and Master NLP Practitioner as the author of our Behavioural Euthanasia module.

Who is this Focus 20 programme suitable for? 

This programme is suitable for anyone in the veterinary team, including vets, nurses, receptionists, kennel assistants or anyone who is involved in the process of euthanasia. ISVPS points and HAU credits are only available for qualified vets and nurses.

How does this programme relate to career progression and My Veterinary Career? 

My Veterinary Career is a new points-based pathway launched in partnership with the International School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies (ISVPS). It is designed to help veterinarians and veterinary nurses structure their postgraduate training and qualifications.   

This Focus 20 programme in Pet Bereavement offers 20 ISVPS points and 20 Harper University Academic credits (pending validation) towards My Veterinary Career and My Veterinary Nurse Career upon successful assessment. Gain enough points to achieve the ultimate ISVPS Master General Practitioner or ISVPS Lead Veterinary Nurse Practitioner qualification. 

What you'll learn:

Six Interactive Modules

Accessible online and delivered over 11 months  

Module Tutor support

Support and guidance from a Module Tutor who is recognised in their subject field 

40 Hours CPD

Divided over six modules

Access to RCVS Knowledge Library

Free access to the RCVS Knowledge Library

Improve Veterinary Practice Membership

One year FREE access to Improve Veterinary Practice Membership

100% Online

24/7 access via our world-leading Learning Management Platform 

20 ISVPS Points

Eligible for My Veterinary Career/My Veterinary Nurse Career, offering 20 ISVPS points and 20 Harper Adams University Academic Credits upon successful assessment

*Pending validation with HAU 

Expert Course Director

The Course Director is Lisa Howe RVN, A1, Cert. Pet Bereavement (BC)  

ISVPS Accredited Certificate

Achieve the ISVPS Certificate (PB)

Programme Details:

Module Summary
  1. Introduction to Pet Bereavement
  2. Behavioural Euthanasia
  3. Compassion Fatigue
  4. Dealing with Difficult, Unusual and Unplanned Euthanasia
  5. Euthanasia Best Practice and How to Help Clients
  6. Best Practice when Offering Pet Cremation Services; Considerations Regarding Cultural and Religious Beliefs

Please note the module order may be subject to change

Venue: Online
Date: 01 May 2023 - 31 Mar 2024

Pet Bereavement

01 May 2023 - 31 Mar 2024
40 CPD Hours
20 ISVPS Points