Become a Certified Peaceful End-of-Life Practice

Elevate Your Practice’s End-of-Life and Euthanasia Standard of Care

CAETA’s Peaceful End-of-Life Practice Certification is designed to improve the overall patient, client and staff euthanasia experience through comprehensive training and the establishment of consistent practice standards. As a Certified Peaceful End-of-Life Practice, you will be recognized by the veterinary industry and your clients for providing a higher standard of end-of-life care.

Benefits of Peaceful End-of-Life Practice Certification

  • Improve your staff’s technical know-how and client communication skills
  • Boost staff confidence when discussing and performing euthanasia
  • Establish consistent standards and training for the entire veterinary team
  • Reduce the risk of compassion fatigue and improve sustainability in euthanasia-related work
  • Mitigate the risk of medication errors and mismanagement
  • Elevate the overall client and pet patient experience
  • Prevent loss of clients due to dysthanasia (bad death)
Peaceful End-of-Life Practice Seal

5 Steps to Becoming a Certified Peaceful End-of-Life Practice

Step 1:

Complete an assessment of your practice's current euthanasia support and protocols.

Step 2:

Have your team members become certified by taking the CAETA Peaceful Euthanasia Certification program.

Step 3:

Complete a series of three hospital team assignments including building a euthanasia manual and reviewing previous cases for improvements.

Step 4:

Custom one-on-one hospital training with CAETA's euthanasia experts.

Step 5:

Graduation and implementation of learned euthanasia techniques as a Certified Peaceful Euthanasia Practice.

Start this Transformative Journey for your Practice Today!

Comprehensive End-of-Life Education for Your Practice

Certification includes the following training for all practice staff:

  • Sedation and anesthesia protocols
  • Advanced euthanasia techniques
  • Defining behavior and convenience euthanasia
  • Communication skills and empathetic discussions
  • Managing compassion fatigue and providing grief support
  • Hospital and comfort room evaluation and recommendations
  • Service pricing and aftercare support

Exclusive Practice Certification Components:

  • Virtual hospital assessment and analysis by a CAETA Euthanasia Expert
  • 10-hour, RACE-approved Peaceful Euthanasia Certification program for all veterinary staff
  • CAETA’s online library of end-of-life and euthanasia resources
  • Dedicated CAETA Practice Certification representative to move you through the steps
  • Customized Peaceful End-of-Life Practice Euthanasia Training Manual
  • Savings for future CAETA online training courses
  • Certified Peaceful End-of-Life Practice graphic for practice door, website, and social media
  • One complimentary euthanasia case review and feedback in the event of a dysthanasia


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75% of veterinary students graduate without ever having performed a euthanasia.

Today’s Veterinary Practice,
Jan/Feb 2016 issue

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CAETA’s Lead Instructor

Dr. Kathleen Cooney
CHPV, CPEV, DACAW resident

Dr. Kathleen Cooney has been practicing advanced end-of-life care since 2006. She is the founder and Senior Director of Medical Education for the Companion Animal Euthanasia Training Academy (CAETA). Dr. Cooney is well known for her work in companion animal euthanasia and is an author and international speaker on the subject. She is a strong advocate for best practices in all aspects of end-of-life care and loves all things old and gray.