INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR ANIMAL HOSPICE & PALLIATIVE CARE

Leadership in the field of Animal Hospice & Palliative Care

Madison, WI   |  www.iaahpc.org

Mission

A Mission to Care

The International Association for Animal Hospice & Palliative Care is dedicated to promoting knowledge of and developing guidelines for comfort-oriented care to companion animals as they approach the end of life.

Ruling year info

2011

President- Board of Directors

Diane Eigner VMD, MBA, CVPM, CHPV, CFV

Main address

IAAHPC c/o Brittant Lampe, Wegner CPA 2921 Landmark Place, Suite 300

Madison, WI 53713 USA

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EIN

26-4835362

NTEE code info

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Awareness: The IAAHPC is working to include animal hospice & palliative care as a specialty area within the veterinary, veterinary technician, and mental health professions. Development of the Animal Hospice & Palliative Care Certification program is the first step in this process. The IAAHPC also plans to continue approaching and educating governing bodies of these professions internationally, as well as continuing to engage public awareness to increase demand for these services. Volunteer Relations: As the IAAHPC continues to achieve steady growth in membership and programming, it is imperative to for a structured volunteer recruitment and engagement program.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Annual Conference

The IAAHPC annual conference provides in-depth professional training for veterinarians, veterinary technicians, animal caretakers, and mental health professionals interested in animal hospice & palliative care.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Animal Hospice & Palliative Care Certification Program is a 115-hour RACE approved continuing education program that certifies its students in animal hospice and palliative care. The program begins with an overview of fundamental concepts and progresses to cover the unique challenges of veterinary medical care, nursing care, and caregiver care as related to the animal hospice model. The program is presented in four modules, three online and one on-site module, in a flexible format designed to allow students to create a curriculum timeline that best fits their busy schedule. Online modules are composed of streaming lectures and activities that students can complete and submit at their own pace. The on-site module is offered once each year and is held in conjunction with the IAAHPC conference. Here, students will partake in both an advanced communication skills lab critical to animal hospice and palliative care, and a wet lab that gives students the opportunity to learn advanced euthanasia techniques. On-site sessions will allow for small group activities with individualized instruction from leaders in the field of animal hospice, and networking opportunities with hospice-minded colleagues will help facilitate learning well after the course is completed.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Membership in the IAAHPC creates an interdisciplinary community of animal hospice & palliative care supporters. Membership benefits include monthly training webinars, promotional materials and resources, and opportunities to network with other animal hospice professionals.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The IAAHPC Business Circles allow animal hospice & palliative care professionals to network and explore the business and marketing aspects of animal hospice & palliative care programs.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Animal Hospice Awareness Day is the first Saturday in November, which is Hospice Awareness Month. IAAHPC members are provided promotional materials and resources to promote awareness.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The IAAHPC has published Animal Hospice & Palliative Care Guidelines and has collaborated with several prominent organizations to ensure that animals receive appropriate care during their end of life.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of conferences held

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Annual Conference

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The IAAHPC produces their annual conference with the goal of training additional caregivers interested in an interdisciplinary approach to animal hospice & palliative care.

Total number of organization members

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Membership

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Membership promotes additional education and awareness about animal hospice & palliative care.

Number of students enrolled

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Animal Hospice & Palliative Care Certification Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The Animal Hospice & Palliative Care Certification program debuted in the summer of 2016 with an initial class of 72 veterinarians and veterinary technicians as students.

Number of conference attendees

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Annual Conference

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Conference attendance has steadily risen since our initial conference in 2011.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The IAAHPC aims to increase the numbers of families who opt for animal hospice & palliative care services for their companion animals through consumer education. The organization also aims to increase the numbers of professionals who provide animal hospice & palliative care services through their professional/provider education programs and resources, such as developing guidelines for recommended practices to serve as the standards of care in animal hospice & palliative care. The IAAHPC hopes to facilitate scholarly discussion of animal hospice & palliative care issues, promote evidence-based research, and promote recognition of animal hospice & palliative care as a specialty area within the professions that provide animal hospice & palliative care services.

To increase awareness the IAAHPC utilizes a strong web presence with effective SEO, media campaigns, social media, and booths at both public and professional events. IAAHPC representatives also attend and speak at national and international professional conferences. The organization provides information for pet owners and professionals on the website and produces webinars for further education opportunities. Members provide community lectures and IAAHPC leadership has approached governing bodies of veterinarians, technicians, and social workers in hopes of collaboration and furthering knowledge and training in animal hospice & palliative care.
The IAAHPC facilitates scholarly discussion about animal hospice & palliative care by producing and participating in national and international conferences, by coordinating and helping staff the VIN (Veterinary Information Network) Animal Hospice & Palliative Care folder. IAAHPC members and leadership also give numerous lectures at educational institutes, community outreach programs, and local veterinary clinics and animal events. The IAAHPC provides resources for the presentations to their members.

The IAAHPC has continued to grow and evolve as its programs do. Previously served by an enthusiastic all-volunteer Board of Directors, the IAAHPC hired its first Executive Director in 2017. Hiring an executive director allows the organization to continue to grow its volunteer program and expand its reach through additional professional conference presence.

The IAAHPC's direct marketing and our members' marketing campaigns reach more families who are interested in applying the animal hospice & palliative care philosophy to special needs, chronically and terminally ill companion animals. Members regularly release articles and press releases related to events. The IAAHPC developed a National Animal Hospice Awareness Day in 2012, to educate the public and encourage caregivers to ask their regular veterinarians for information on animal hospice & palliative care. We also reach the general public as well as animal hospice professionals via social media.
For the past six years, IAAHPC has held an annual conference. American and international member and non-member professional attendance has increased from 35 to over 200 attendees.
We'd like to promote standards for end-of-life care for species besides companion animals, such as horses and livestock. We are aware of the increasing amount of research and literature in the field of zoological animals and hope to contribute to standards of care for euthanasia and hospice-assisted natural death.
In 2013, we published the Practice Guidelines for Animal Hospice & Palliative Care. These are available free to IAAHPC members and non-members on our website. Three IAAHPC veterinary members and one IAAHPC licensed veterinary technician-social worker participated on the task force to develop the IAAHPC-AAHA End-of-Life Care Guidelines. These were published in November of 2016 and we are excited about the potential to reach more veterinary clinics as they develop their standards of care for animal end of life.
IAAHPC's Education Committee has several members interested in pursuing research. We plan to commence contribution to scholarly discussions that pertain to animal end of life and research potentially able to reach peer reviewed journals in 2017.
Through launching the Animal Hospice & Palliative Care Certification program in 2016, we've made significant progress in developing a specialty within the veterinary and veterinary technician/nurse professions. The 2016-2017 inaugural class included over 70 veterinarians and veterinary technicians interested in becoming certified in animal hospice & palliative care. Our Education Committee opened the door to inviting more social workers into our field through getting 28 RACE-approved CEUs for the mental health content at our 2016 conference. We believe this paves the way for developing a Certificate Program in that profession. IAAHPC intends to eventually offer RACE approved continuing education credits at conferences and a Certification track to all licensed mental health professionals in the AHPC interdisciplinary team.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    The IAAHPC serves all stakeholders involved in providing animal hospice an palliative care.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Due to our ever increasing number of international members we have moved to having a virtual annual conference every other year.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    We keep our membership informed about association initiatives by sending regular ebasts.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR ANIMAL HOSPICE & PALLIATIVE CARE

Board of directors
as of 05/15/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Diane Eigner

The Cat Whispurrr

Term: 2021 - 2022

Mary Craig, DVM, MBA, CHPV

Gentle Goodbye

Tammy Wynn, MHA, LISW, RVT, CHPT

Angel's Paws

Sara Hopkins, DVM, CVA, CHPV

Compassion 4 Paws

Sandra Soucheray, DVM, CHPV

Dr. Soucheray's At Home Veterinary Care

Diane Eigner, VMD,MBA,CVPM,CHPV

The Cat Whispurrr

Nathaniel Cook

Chicago Veterinary Geriatrics

Jessi Heard

Compassionate Pet Care of the Upper Peninsula

Jeff Lewis

Caring Pathways

Maja Redfern

Dignipets

Laurie Brush

Heaven at Home

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/15/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data