BVNA Welshpool Regional Meeting Review July 2016

posted on: Wed, 6th Jul 2016

Welshpool Regional Meeting Reviews

Pet Loss Support for Clients | 6 July 2016

On Wednesday 6th July a lovely mix of 13 RVNS, Student VN’s, ANA’s and Receptionists attended the ‘pet loss support for clients’ meeting, presented by Douglas Muir, Managing Director of Compassion Understood, at Sweeney Hall Hotel, resisting the temptation to watch the Welsh Euro 2016 semi final and the tennis match!! 

Doug kicked off the evening with an ice breaker to introduce ourselves and describe which animal we would like to be and why. His presentation included discussion on the human and pet bond, bond centred practice approach, loss and grief, supporting the client and pet loss support protocols. He also provided an insight into what the Compassion Understood website and courses can offer both clients and veterinary staff. 

The main take home message for me was the importance of implementing standardised practice euthanasia protocols to ensure that clients are provided with all the palliative and end of life support that they need for their companion. This would potentially include pre euthanasia clinics if clients should require them. It was also clear that clients should be provided a sign post for support from both the practice and external support networks and this should be provided from early pet life stages. 

I would like to thank Doug and Callum for coming to my region to speak and providing a fantastic insight on how we can provide end of life and pet loss support to help ensure the clients experience at end of life is as positive as possible. 

Congratulations to Julieann Harris who won a free Compassion Understood Course and Megan Smith a bottle of Prosecco during the evening courtesy of Compassion Understood.. Thank you to everyone that supported the raffle. £19 was raised for the BVNA charity of the year The British Hen Welfare Trust (BHWT). 

I would like to thank Agria Pet Insurance for sponsoring the evening and Sweeney Hall Hotel for providing our setting and catering. 

Thank you for your continued support!

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BVNA Welshpool Regional Meeting Review July 2016