About Our Instructors
Learn more about our expert team of veterinarians. Each of our instructors are dedicated to extending pets’ quality of life and teaching “the art of gentle death.”
Kathleen Cooney DVM, MS, CHPV
United States Instructor
Kathleen Cooney has been practicing advanced end-of-life care for over 12 years. She is the founder of Home to Heaven, P.C. in Loveland, Colorado, one of the world’s first, and largest, animal hospice services. She is also the founder of Cooney Animal Hospice Consulting. Dr. Cooney is a 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. 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, and is founder and educational director for the Companion Animal Euthanasia Training Academy. The core certificate program is Dr. Cooney's design and is based around 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.
Suzen Gregersen DVM, MBA, MRCVS
United Kingdom Instructor
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.