Kathleen Cooney DVM, MS, CHPV, CCFP Director of Education
Kathleen Cooney has been practicing advanced end-of-life care since 2006. She is well-known for her work in companion animal euthanasia and has authored two books on the subject. Dr. Cooney has collaborated in euthanasia training for the AVMA, AAHA, IAAHPC, HABRI, the Fear Free program, and is Founder and Director of Education for the Companion Animal Euthanasia Training Academy (CAETA). The core certificate program is Dr. Cooney's design and is based around the The 14 Essential Components of Companion Animal Euthanasia. She is a strong advocate for best practices in all aspects of end-of-life care and speaks nationally and internationally on such topics. Dr. Cooney is also the founder of Cooney Animal Hospice Consulting and past President of the International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care (IAAHPC) and remains active in their organization, including design of their Animal Hospice and Palliative Care Certification Program, launched in 2016. Dr. Cooney is working towards board certification in animal welfare and is a Certified Compassion Fatigue Provider.
Suzen Gregersen DVM, MBA, MRCVS Director of Academy Branding
Suzen Gregersen founded Vets2Home (2006), a mobile veterinary service on the South Coast of England. Vets2Home assisted families and their pets with personal, quality veterinary care in the comfort of their own home. In 2012, after personally attending over 6000 patients, Vets2Home was re-launched as Peaceful Pet Goodbyes, enabling Dr. Gregersen to specialize in providing 24/7 palliative medicine, hospice care, and gentle home euthanasia. Along with her end-of-life service, Dr. Gregersen is a regular animal hospice columnist for Cat World; a consultant in end-of-life services (SunsetPet.Solutions), and is an executive program consultant with Compassion Understood, the first research-based online CPD training course in pet loss and end-of-life services for the whole vet practice team. In 2015, she co-founded the first British Mobile Veterinary Association (BMVA) and in 2017, Dr. Gregersen became one of the first European representatives to join the board of the International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care (IAAHPC). With the belief that all companion animals and their families deserve the best experience possible, she will become the first international instructor for the Companion Animal Euthanasia Training Academy.
Stephanie Messick Adminstrative Assistant
Stephanie Messick’s passion for advancing missions which elevate end-of-life pet care began in 2012. Working in an animal shelter, she completed training to become a certified animal shelter euthanasia technician in 2013 and in 2014 completed Florida Animal Control Officer certification. Stephanie's work transitioned from animal welfare to aftercare in 2015 when she joined The Pet Loss Center. She partnered with veterinary teams across the states of Florida and Colorado to elevate their practice’s End-of-life care by providing world class cremation and pet loss services with the utmost dignity, honor and respect. In 2016 Stephanie completed Two Hearts Pet Loss Center’s certificate program in Pet Loss & Grief Companioning. During that time she presented continuing education curriculum to veterinary hospitals, veterinary medical associations and in 2018 at the Peter Piper Memorial Conference for Caloosa Veterinary Medical Society. In 2018 Stephanie received her Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of Central Florida. With her unique combination of perspectives, Stephanie is a dedicated advocate for best practices in end-of-life pet care. She believes in commitment to continued euthanasia education, building relationships with and supporting veterinary teams, and a focus on enhancing client and patient experience with bereavement support, and exceptional aftercare programs.