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New For 2022:Online Pet Bereavement Support Programme From  Improve International

7 months ago

11th January, 2022 08h34

Improve International

With levels of pet ownership growing globally and the impact on owners of losing a much-loved animal companion increasingly recognised, global veterinary education specialist Improve International is launching an online modular pet bereavement programme. The course has been designed to help veterinary surgeons, nurses and the supporting clinical team learn the skills and provide the tools they need to support owners and colleagues through this difficult experience.

The programme covers the principles of pet bereavement and the physical, emotional, and psychological effects it can have on both clients and the practice team. It offers practical advice, for example, to support those experiencing pet bereavement for the first time; sets out best practices for euthanasia and explores the most effective ways to support grieving clients. The course is led by Course Director RVN (Registered Veterinary Nurse) Lisa Jayne Howe Cert Pet Bereavement with support from Companion Animal Bereavement Counsellor Carrie Kearns VCA, ACC Dip PBC, Cert Pet Bereavement and Kevin Spurgeon, owner of the Dignity Pet Crematorium.

Course content is divided into eight interactive modules, designed to be completed during a 15-month period. Each module includes nine lessons: two reflective studies, course notes and weekly summary videos. As with all Improve International’s online learning programmes, the modules are available 24/7 and are hosted on a world-leading online learning management platform, which also includes interactive ways to learn such as quizzes and a discussion forum. A dedicated Programme Coordinator provides support and assistance to delegates.

This programme provides 50 hours of CPD and delegates will receive an attendance certificate upon course completion.

Commenting on the new programme, Operational Head for Improve International in the UK Dr Charlotte French said: “Pets are seen as family members by most owners and dealing with their loss can be difficult and, sometimes, traumatic. Veterinary nurses can play a crucial role in helping them through this painful time. They can also ensure that any affected colleagues receive the support they need.

“Developing skills and experience in this key area is an opportunity for veterinary surgeons, nurses and the supporting clinical team to carve out an additional role for themselves within their practice – a role that will strengthen the bond between clients and the practice, as well as protecting the wellbeing of their colleagues.”

More information on the Pet Bereavement programme can be found on the Improve International website.

Notes to editors:

About Improve International

One of the world’s leading veterinary training companies, Improve International was founded in 1998 by a group of like-minded vets and has since provided continuing education to more than 40,000 veterinary surgeons and nurses across 20 countries, including the UK, Germany, Spain, the USA, Australia, and China.

The organisation pioneered modular CPD in the UK for veterinary professionals, combining review lectures, case-based discussion, and hands-on practical sessions in their specialist wet-labs. Today, delegates can also choose from online and blended courses, covering a wide range of species and subjects.

Responsible for the delivery of the taught programmes, Improve International works closely with its awarding partner, the International School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies (ISVPS) and with Harper Adams University, which provides the higher education body validation and quality assurance. Improve International was the first organisation to be awarded a contract from Defra in 2014, for the training and assurance of Official Veterinarians in the UK.

For more information and to explore the range of Improve International CPD courses, visit

For further information:

Rebecca George, George PR

Tel: 01449 737281/07974 161108

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