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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. In 2019, she received training to become a Certified Compassion Fatigue Provider. Click here to view her curriculum vitae, CooneyCV.

Tonya Cavallaro Director of Strategic Partnerships and National Accounts

Tonya Cavallaro brings over a decade of human dental and veterinary medical experience to CAETA. She has worked for and with Fortune 500 companies where she is known for strong financial performance, strategic development, and developing key partnerships that work while respecting all stakeholder interests. She holds a graduate marketing degree from Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver and two individual bachelor degrees in marketing and Psychology. Tonya has been recognized for her achievements in compliance management and execution, and on a personal level has spent a respectable amount of time in S. Asia and learning Asian business practices and market growth opportunities. Along with a working business proficiency in Spanish, she self-taught herself the fundamentals of Hindi & Urdu, and continues to learn languages. Tonya’s primary role is developing CAETA business strategies to bring world class advanced euthanasia education to clients nationally and internationally through strong relationships with Veterinary Universities, Corporate Partnership, Strategic Partners, National Accounts, and Associations while driving mutually beneficial strategic initiatives and profitability. She is also developing, leading, and executing corporate marketing strategies for the organization.

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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.

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