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Level 1 Certification:

Certified Animal Hospice
& Palliative Care Foundations

Self Study Course

WHAT IS THE COURSE CURRICULUM?
Animal Hospice Group - Certified Animal Hospice Foundations (CAHF)

Discover a World of Compassion and Expertise with Our Certified Animal Hospice Foundations (CAHF) Program

Begin an enriching and transformative journey with our Level 1 training, meticulously designed for those passionate about offering the highest care and empathy for animals at the end of their lives. This foundational level is not just the start of an educational path; it represents the core of compassion and understanding essential to support animals and their families through life's challenging transitions.

Our curriculum is a celebration of life, teaching how to compassionately support a pet's final days and enrich every moment of their journey with love and attentive care.

OFFERING

Comprehensive Learning in
9 Engaging Modules:

  • Our Curriculum unfolds over 24 lectures (27 hours)
  • Self-paced course learning with on-demand recorded video lectures
  • Distributed across 9 modules
  • There is recommended*¬†reading (not required)
  • There are lecture quizzes
  • A final exam when you have completed the Coursework
  • Each segment is a step towards deepening your knowledge
  • Enhancing your ability to empathize with and support animals and their caregivers during life's most tender moments

* Recommended Resource Materials

The recommended reading/booklist will be available upon enrollment.

Books are highly recommended for the Certified Animal Hospice Practitioner (CAHP) Certification Track.

Books will total less than $175 and are the student’s responsibility.

Most resources are online and are included in the course fee.

Copyrighted materials are available for viewing. Students will also be able to receive downloadable versions for an additional fee.

TIMELINE

Level 1 CAHF Program:

 

Coursework (Modules 1-9):

  • On-demand recorded lectures which you may begin at any time
  • It is highly recommended to complete the Coursework¬†within 6¬†months of beginning the course/program
  • The program includes several Discussion Groups* available each month, online Communities, monthly Student & Alumni Support, and Networking Groups
  • You will receive a Certificate of Completion¬†with the CAHF Credentials after you have completed Modules 1-9, attended a minimum of¬†8 hours of Discussion Group meetings, and passed the final exam

*Required Discussion Groups:

  • LIVE on Zoom! One or two AHG Founders/Facilitators with Students, Interns, and Graduates
  • Held two or three times a month (75 minutes to 2-hour meetings), alternating days, mornings, and/or afternoons
  • You sign up for the meetings that fit your schedule
  • The morning Discussion Groups are a good option for International Students with the time difference
  • The shorter afternoon Discussion Groups are good for long lunch breaks¬†
  • Required to attend a minimum of 8 hours of¬†Discussion Group meetings for¬†Level 1 CAHF
Enroll & Begin Your Journey in Animal Hospice Care

Course Curriculum (Modules 1-9)

Required for Certificate of Completion with the Certified Animal Hospice Foundations (CAHF) Program

Request a printable list of Lectures within the Modules
Animal Hospice Group - Module 1

Module 1:

Introducing Animal Hospice and Palliative Care

Instructors: Dr. Kathryn Marocchino, Michelle Nichols, Gail Pope, and Dr. Amir Shanan

Uncover the evolution of animal hospice care with industry pioneers. Understand the intricate differences and similarities between human and animal hospice and palliative care, and delve into the unique terminology of this compassionate field.

  • Lecture 1: The Evolution of the Animal Hospice Movement
  • Lecture 2: Fundamentals of Hospice and Palliative Care
  • Lecture 3: A Pioneer's Perspective
  • Lecture 4: Ethical and Legal Issues
Animal Hospice Group - Module 2

Module 2:

Managing an Animal's Well-being through Decline, Disability, and End of Life: Navigating A Terminal Diagnosis

Instructors: Gail Pope, Dr. Amir Shanan, and Michelle Nichols

Learn to manage an animal's well-being through terminal diagnoses. Explore the role of the hospice care team as a guiding light in these challenging times and understand the nuances of euthanasia decision-making.

  • Lecture 1: Managing an Animal's Well-being Through Decline, Disability, and End of Life: Navigating a Terminal Diagnosis
  • Lecture 2: The Animal Hospice and Palliative Care Team As a Navigation System
  • Lecture 3: Planning for a Path of Least Regrets - Euthanasia Decision-Making
Animal Hospice Group - Module 3

Module 3:

Practical Patient Issues and Nursing Care

Instructors: Dr. Amir Shanan and Gail Pope

Gain insights into the central role of veterinary nurses and their diverse tasks‚ÄĒmaster practical skills in patient comfort, medical care, and creating a patient comfort care kit.

  • Lecture 1: The Nurses' Roles
  • Lecture 2: Practical Animal Hospice Patient Issues and Nursing Care
Animal Hospice Group - Module 4

Module 4:

Quality of Life (for Living and for Dying) in the Animal Hospice Patient

Instructor: Dr. Amir Shanan

Delve into what ‚Äúquality of life‚ÄĚ means in animal hospice care. Explore its physical, psychological, and social domains, ensuring a dignified life journey for every animal.

  • Lecture 1: What is ‚Äúquality of life,‚ÄĚ and why is it important in end-of-life care?
  • Lecture 2: Physical, Psychological, and Social Domains of Animals' Quality of Life
Animal Hospice Group - Module 5

Module 5:

Understanding the Animal Dying Experience

Instructors: Gail Pope and Dr. Kathryn Marocchino

Explore the physical and behavioral changes during an animal's final stages. Learn about death awareness, consciousness, existential suffering, and how these affect both animals and their human families.

  • Lecture 1: Physical and Behavioral Changes During the Stages of Dying
  • Lecture 2: Awareness of Death and Existential Suffering
Animal Hospice Group - Module 6

Module 6:

End-of-Life Options and After Death Care

Instructors: Gail Pope, Dr. Amir Shanan, and Dr. Kathryn Marocchino

Discuss hospice-supported natural death and the various facets of euthanasia. Learn about after-death care, including honoring the animal through rituals, funerals, and more.

  • Lecture 1: Hospice-Supported Natural Death
  • Lecture 2: End-of-Life Options - Euthanasia
  • Lecture 3: Caring for the Animal Patient After Death
Animal Hospice Group - Module 7

Module 7:

Care for the Caregivers

Instructors: Dr. Kathryn Marocchino, Dr. Amir Shanan, and Michelle Nichols

Focus on caregivers' mental health. Understand the emotional, psychological, and spiritual support they require, enhancing your communication skills and caregiving strategies.

  • Lecture 1: Mental Health Considerations in Caring for Animal Hospice and Palliative Caregivers and Providers
  • Lecture 2: Helpful Interventions by Animal Hospice Practitioners
  • Lecture 3: Spiritual Care of the Caregiver and the Dying Animal
  • Lecture 4: Supporting the Caregiver's Grief Recovery
Animal Hospice Group - Module 8

Module 8:

Grief and Honoring the Life

Instructors: Michelle Nichols and Dr. Kathryn Marocchino

Understand the complexities of grief, including anticipatory and disenfranchised grief. Learn to create meaningful rituals and keepsakes to honor the memory of companion animals.

  • Lecture 1: Understanding Grief: Grief Theories and the Bereavement Needs of Diverse Populations
  • Lecture 2: Honoring the Legacy: Memorialization and Aftercare Options
Animal Hospice Group - Module 9

Module 9:

The Practitioner's Experience

Instructor: Michelle Nichols

Engage in the nuances of interdisciplinary teamwork. Learn about the roles of various team members and enhance your understanding of case management, spiritual care, and community resource networking.

  • Lecture 1: Interdisciplinary Team (IDT) Dynamics
  • Lecture 2: The Interdisciplinary Team and YOU: Building Veterinary Partnerships
  • Lecture 3: Roles in Animal Hospice IDT: Case Manager, Mental Health and Spiritual Care
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Enhancing Your Learning Journey:

Community, Discussion, and Networking

  • Engaging Discussion Groups: Participate in enlightening discussions with AHG Founders and guest speakers, enriching your learning experience.
  • Vibrant Online Community: Connect with a community of students, alumni, and instructors. Share stories and experiences, and receive support through our dedicated online platforms.
  • Networking and Support Meetings: Participate in student-moderated Zoom meetings for networking and peer support. Additionally, benefit from sessions focused on developing entrepreneurial and business skills led by experienced professionals.

Achieve Your CAHF Certification

Upon completing all lectures, participating in at least 8 hours of discussion groups, and passing the assessments (lecture quizzes and final exam), you will be awarded the Certificate in Animal Hospice and Palliative Care Foundations (CAHF). This certification is more than a credential; it's a testament to your commitment to making a difference in the lives of animals and their families.

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Join Our Compassionate Community

Enroll now and become part of a community dedicated to making every moment count for pets and their families. As a student and alumni of AHG, you'll enjoy lifetime access to our Community and the opportunity to continue learning, sharing, and growing in this heartfelt field.

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Ready to Begin Your Journey in Animal Hospice Care?

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

AHG Level 1 CAHF Program
- Option 1 -

4 Monthly Payments of
$219.05 USD*

$876.20 total with sales tax**

  • All Coursework (Modules 1-9)
  • No Enrollment Process
  • Self Paced: Get Started Right Away
  • Unlimited Access to Discussion Groups, Online Communities, Networking Groups, and Support Groups
  • Certificate of Completion with Certified Animal Hospice¬†Foundations (CAHF) Credentials
ENROLL IN LEVEL 1 CAHF TODAY!

AHG Level 1 CAHF Program
- Option 2 -

Single Payment of
$749.00 USD*

$818.28 total with sales tax**

  • All Coursework (Modules 1-9)
  • No Enrollment Process
  • Self Paced: Get Started Right Away
  • Unlimited Access to Discussion Groups, Online Communities, Networking Groups, and Support Groups
  • Certificate of Completion with Certified Animal Hospice¬†Foundations (CAHF) Credentials
ENROLL IN LEVEL 1 CAHF TODAY!

AHG CAHP Track Bundle
- Option 3 -

Single Bundle Payment of
$1,399.95 USD*

$1,529.45 total with sales tax**

  • Great option if¬†you¬†are dedicated to becoming a Certified Animal Hospice Practitioner (CAHP)
  • Combine Level 1 CAHF, Level 2 CAHC, and Level 3 CAHHS Programs¬†for the CAHP Track
  • Don't miss out¬†on this 15% savings = $247.05! Plus, we are including a¬†One-On-One Business Consultation with the purchase of this bundle!
ENROLL IN CAHP TRACK TODAY!

* Recommended Resource Materials

  • The recommended reading/booklist will be available upon enrollment.¬†
  • Books are highly recommended for the Certified Animal Hospice Practitioner candidate.¬†
  • Books will total less than $175 and are the student‚Äôs responsibility.
  • Most resources are online and are included in the course fee.
  • Copyrighted materials are available for viewing. Students will also be able to receive downloadable versions for an additional fee.

** A 9.25% Santa Rosa, California Sales Tax will be applied to all our AHG online course products. Disclaimer: additional taxes may apply if the buyer has a higher sales tax rate.

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