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Veteran's Day Special: Update on the PennVet Working Dog Center

In this podcast we hear from Dr. Cindy Otto, Associate Professor of Critical Care at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Otto is the director and founder of the PennVet Working Dog Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her current research interests are focused on the health, genetics, and behavioral aspects of performance in detection dogs. Funded by CHF, Dr. Otto began following the health and behavior of search dogs following the 9/11 response, and opened the PennVet working dog center on Sept 11, 2012. In this podcast, Dr. Otto provides an update on the center, why there is a critical need for such a center in the United States, and what a day in the life of a working dog is like at the center. Dr. Otto also provides a brief recap of the very successful PennVet working dog conference held in April of this year, as well as information on the field of behavioral training as it applies to both working and pet dogs.

This podcast was made possible thanks to the generous support of the Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust, a KeyBank Trust.

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Hospice Care / End of Life Care For Dogs

10/30/2014

In this podcast we are wrapping up our “Old Dogs Rule” educational series with a difficult, but important conversation about end of life care. We are very fortunate to feature Dr. Kathleen Cooney, founder of “Home to Heaven,” an in-home pet hospice and euthanasia services practice. She is also the owner of the first-ever pet euthanasia center in the United States. The center is located on her 35-acre farm in Loveland, Colorado and offers two comfort rooms for pet euthanasia. It is open year-round for families looking for an alternative to standard clinic or in-home euthanasia. Dr. Cooney graduated from the Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine in the spring of 2004. That same spring, her family had to say goodbye to their 15-year-old yellow lab, McKenzie. McKenzie passed peacefully under the aspen tree in their front yard. From this experience, Dr. Cooney learned just how important it was for pets to be at home for the end of their lives. In 2012, she completed writing the book “Veterinary Euthanasia Techniques: A practical guide.” Dr. Cooney served on the 2013 American Veterinary Medical Association's panel on euthanasia guidelines. She is currently the Vice President and conference coordinator for the International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care (IAAHPC). She travels frequently to speak on her work and on the current advancements in end-of-life care.

This podcast was made possible thanks to the generous support of the Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust, A KeyBank Trust.


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