Animal Hospice Certification Programs:

For Individuals Passionate About
Providing End-of-Life Care to Animals
& Support to Their Families

Three Educational Online Course Levels


Become a Certified Animal Hospice Practitioner (CAHP)

and Learn How to Provide Compassionate End-of-Life Care for Animals
and Support for Their Families

How Do I Become a Certified Animal Hospice Practitioner (CAHP)?

Are you passionate about supporting animals and their families during the end-of-life journey?

We have developed a comprehensive training program for individuals providing end-of-life care to pets and support to their caregivers, offering three levels of certification programs covering hospice and palliative care fundamentals, counseling, and Helpline operations.

You will receive the CAHP credentials once you have completed all of the program levels.

Join our comprehensive training program and complete the certification track to becoming a
Certified Animal Hospice Practitioner.

Review the levels of certification programs we offer below:


Certified Animal Hospice and Palliative Care Foundations (CAHF)

Begin Your Path to Mastery

This foundational level is not just the beginning of a learning journey; it's the heart of compassion and understanding necessary to support animals and their families during challenging times. Enroll to begin your certification journey today!

  • Comprehensive Core Curriculum: Dive into 24 self-paced lectures (27 hours of video recordings) covering the essentials of animal hospice and palliative care, from terminal diagnosis through physical transition and beyond.
  • Interactive Learning Experience: Engage in Founder-led discussion groups, connect with instructors and guest speakers, participate in regular student and alumni meetings and networking opportunities, and join our vibrant online community.
  • Certification: Upon completing and passing the quizzes and the final exam, earn your CAHF, marking your first step towards becoming a seasoned animal hospice practitioner.
Begin Your Path to Animal Hospice Expertise...


Certified Animal Hospice Counselor Training

Deepen Your Impact Through Counseling

Advancing from theory to practice, Level 2 Training empowers you to offer a shoulder to lean on and a hand to hold for pet parents navigating the emotional maze of terminal diagnoses and the grief of loss. This progression from theory to practice is a natural and essential step in professional development.

  • Specialized Internship Training: Engage in 18 hours of immersive training simulations, focusing on developing counseling skills and learning to support individuals through role-playing exercises that mirror real-life scenarios faced by pet parents.
  • Practical Application: Learn to navigate complex conversations about terminal diagnoses, end-of-life choices and decision-making, grief recovery, and more.
  • Advanced Certification: Completing this level earns you the title of a Certified Animal Hospice Counselor, which will attest to your enhanced counseling skills at all stages of the animal's journey.
Deepen Your Impact in Animal Care...


Certified Animal Hospice Helpline Specialist (CAHHS)

Lead with Confidence on the Front Lines

The most advanced level of our program focuses on real-world application. At this level, you become a source of hope and support, directly engaging with pet owners through the AHG Helpline, offering them not just information but also understanding, empathy, and emotional solace in their time of need. This level of training requires a synthesis of all the knowledge and skills acquired in the previous levels, along with the development of advanced communication and advisory skills.

  • Intensive Helpline Training: Receive in-depth training in handling real-world scenarios through our Animal Hospice Helpline.
  • Mentorship and Feedback: Work under the guidance of Senior Advisors, refining your skills in individual and group support.
  • Elite Designation: Completing this level grants you the prestigious title of Certified Animal Hospice Helpline Specialist.
Lead with Excellence in Animal Hospice Care...

Certified Animal Hospice Practitioner (CAHP)

Upon completing all three levels, you will earn the Certified Animal Hospice Practitioner (CAHP) designation. This designation signifies your expertise and commitment to providing compassionate end-of-life care for animals and their families.

  • A Symbol of Excellence: The CAHP designation is awarded to those who have diligently completed all three levels of our training programs.
  • Recognition of Expertise: Stand out as a leader in the field of animal hospice care, equipped with comprehensive knowledge and practical experience.
  • At the heart of our program lies a profound understanding of the emotional rollercoaster that pet parents endure.
  • Our program transcends the conventional focus on end-of-life care, encompassing the full spectrum of hospice and palliative care, from enhancing the day-to-day quality of life to understanding the spiritual journey after a pet's physical passing.
  • Our training equips you with the skills not just to help pet owners provide physical care but also to navigate and ease the complex tapestry of emotions like grief, confusion, and love that families experience. This empathetic approach ensures that, as a practitioner, you're prepared to offer holistic support, addressing both the physical and emotional needs of animals and their families.
Join our growing community of dedicated animal hospice professionals
and make a lasting impact on the lives of pets and their families during their time of need.
Start Your Compassionate Journey Today!
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We look forward to guide YOU to becoming a CAHP!

Benefits of Becoming a

Certified Animal Hospice Practitioner (CAHP):

  • Make a meaningful difference in the lives of animals and their families.
  • Develop valuable skills in counseling, communication, and end-of-life care.
  • Earn a respected and recognized designation in the field of animal hospice.
  • Gain access to exclusive resources and a supportive community of professionals.
  • Enjoy fulfilling career opportunities in animal welfare, veterinary, and pet care settings.

Why Choose Animal Hospice Group (AHG)?

  • Expert-Led Training: Learn from industry leaders and experienced professionals.
  • Flexible Learning: Our self-paced online format fits your busy schedule.
  • Community and Support: Join a network of passionate professionals dedicated to improving end-of-life care for animals.
  • Interdisciplinary Team: Understand your role as a member of a Hospice Interdisciplinary Team, learning side by side with AHG Students and Alumni from all helping roles and care perspectives.
  • Our Unique Perspective: AHG's Curriculum provides a full spectrum of care that extends well beyond the final stages of a pet's life. We emphasize the importance of quality living, offering practical guidance on providing compassionate care at home, managing challenging conditions, and recognizing the signs of a pet's natural transition. Our training is about nurturing a pet's entire life journey, from peak health to gentle decline, ensuring comfort and dignity at every stage.
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Your Journey to Becoming an Animal Hospice Practitioner Starts Here

Enroll Today and Make a Difference in the Lives of Animals and Their Families


Who are these programs designed for?

Short answer: Anyone and Everyone!

Our vision is to aid more people, both caregivers and professionals, to help the animals under their care have a truly peaceful transition at the end of their lives.

Animal Hospice Certification students and graduates have the following backgrounds:

  • Animal Caregivers
  • Animal Communicators
  • Animal Hospice Case Workers
  • Animal Chaplains and Clergy
  • Counselors and Companion Animal End-of-Life Doula Professionals
  • Integrative / Alternative Therapy Practitioners (i.e. those who use Bach Flower and other Essences, aromatherapy, animal communication, medical intuition, etc).
  • Grief Counselors and Bereavement Support Facilitators for Pet Parents
  • Healing Touch Massage Therapists Specializing in Dogs
  • Pet Cremation Specialists and Pet Crematory Staff
  • Pet Massage Therapists
  • Mental Health and Social Workers
  • Pet Loss Specialists
  • Pet Sitters and Pet Walkers
  • Animal Rehabilitation and Warm Water Therapists
  • Animal Reiki Practitioners and other Animal Energy Workers
  • Animal Rescue Staff, Animal Shelter Staff, and Animal Sanctuary Staff
  • Animal Spiritual Counselors
  • Photographers Specializing in Senior Pets and Pet Memorialization
  • Veterinarians
  • Veterinary Assistants
  • Veterinary Nurses/ Technicians
  • Veterinary Practice Managers
  • Veterinary Client Liaisons
  • Veterinary Clinic Office Managers
  • Veterinary Pharmacists
  • Veterinary Receptionists, Support Staff, and Kennel Staff
  • Volunteers for Animal Related Organizations

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