Frequently Asked Questions About
Companion Animal Euthanasia Training Academy
The Companion Animal Euthanasia Training Academy (CAETA) was founded in 2016 by Kathleen Cooney, DVM, MS, CHPV. Dr. Cooney has collaborated in euthanasia training for the AVMA, AAHA, IAAHPC, HABRI, and she also sits as our educational director. CAETA brings detailed training to veterinarians, veterinary technicians, veterinary students, and euthanasia technicians, in all aspects of companion animal euthanasia. Coursework topics include drug pharmacology, caregiver considerations, pre-euthanasia sedation protocols, euthanasia techniques, case reviews, and more. Training is currently offered in the United States and will soon be offered in the United Kingdom. It is the vision of CAETA to provide trainings across the world. Please note: CAETA does not provide euthanasia technician licensure for shelter staff.
Euthanasia is considered one of the most important procedures offered to animal patients. It is imperative everything go well, to proceed as expected, and everyone present feel safe and supported. Companion animals hold a special place in the hearts of their caregivers. It is the mission of the CAETA to help every veterinarian and veterinary team member gain the required skills to make every euthanasia peaceful and memorable. We want to reduce challenging appointments and help veterinary teams find balance and harmony. And for those non-veterinary professionals coming to learn with us, they will complete the program with a much larger appreciation of euthanasia best practices.
Euthanasia comes from the Greek language meaning ‘good death’. All approved methods of euthanasia, of which there are many, achieve death peacefully, with minimal stress or pain for the animal. Companion animal euthanasia puts added emphasis on making sure the procedure is peaceful and gentle for human loved ones gathered close by. The techniques taught in our courses are those commonly used in human-animal bond centered hospitals and clinics. We closely follow CAETA's 14 Essential Components of Companion Animal Euthanasia.
Our instructors are leaders in the field of end-of-life care. Combined, we have been training euthanasia techniques to veterinarians, technicians, and veterinary students for over 15 years. We have authored books on euthanasia and bring real-world personal and professional perspectives to the coursework. Please view the Our Team page to learn more.
The certificate program is a combination of lecture, laboratory sessions, and testing over 1-2 days. Students will be provided a binder with notes/proceedings as well as a euthanasia textbook. Testing takes place online through our online testing platform. The test can be taken onsite after the completion of the program or taken within 1 week offsite. A passing grade of 80% is required to receive the certificate. Beginning in April 2018, the certificate program will also be offered online through Animal Care Technologies (ACT), VetStream, and VetFolio.
Our programs are currently taught multiple times a year in the US, but will soon be offered across the world. CAETA is currently aligning with VMX in Orlando, Florida, WVC in Las Vegas, NV, and other national and international veterinary conferences. Please see the Upcoming Courses link for more information on dates and locations.
Course fees include 10 hours of continuing education for veterinarians and technicians (although the course is open to everyone), all written materials including a euthanasia book, certificate of completion, seal, ongoing access to our CAETA online library, and meals. Travel and lodging will need to be covered by students. After registering for your course, visit our student information page for more information.