American Association of Feline Practitioners Releases End of Life Education Kit


Press Release: The American Association of Feline Practitioners

The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) released a End-of-life educational toolkit to provide information to facilitate a peaceful and painless transition for a dying cat. This digital toolkit helps veterinary professionals prepare for a well-planned process to honor the life of the cat by offering valuable advice and information.

The euthanasia appointment is the last opportunity for a veterinarian to serve a patient, and it will have a lasting impact on the caregiver. This digital toolkit provides detailed information in an easy-to-read format that covers a variety of options and eventualities to consider when working with caregivers regarding this critical step in their relationship with their cat. In addition, the toolkit addresses many difficult questions to consider when working under difficult or unexpected circumstances in euthanasia for the caregiver and the veterinary team. “The success of end-of-life feline care is not limited to medicine; it’s about creating a peaceful transition for our patients and their owners, ”said AAFP Task Force Chair Wendy Simpson, DVM. “The AAFP Task Force is committed to providing compassionate end-of-life care and is pleased to offer a new educational resource for veterinary professionals to guide them in this practice.

The end-of-life toolkit addresses several key aspects of the euthanasia process, such as early discussion of quality of life, decision making, the euthanasia experience for veterinary professionals and caregivers, the process euthanasia and how to support a client in final arrangements and beyond. “The end-of-life toolkit covers topics such as recommended sedatives and anesthesia protocols for cats, and strategies for setting up the practice environment with comfort in mind,” noted Dr. Wendy Simpson.

Veterinary professionals can easily view, download and print (PDF format) the End of Life Toolkit from the AAFP website. Navigating the toolbox is straightforward, with section tabs focused on different areas of the content including decision making, the euthanasia experience, the euthanasia process, final provisions, frequently asked questions. questions (FAQs) and client resources. The Toolkit also provides a list of additional reading materials and resources for veterinary professionals.

The AAFP also provides additional resources to help cat caregivers better understand euthanasia, quality of life, and end-of-life decision making. The AAFP welcomes the endorsement by the International Association of Hospice Palliative and Palliative Care of Animals (IAAHPC) for the End of Life Toolkit.

The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) improves the health and well-being of cats by supporting high standards of practice, continuing education, and evidence-based medicine (catvets.com). As a trusted leader in the veterinary community, AAFP has a long standing reputation and track record of facilitating high standards, including guidelines for excellence in practice and educational resources. Over the years, AAFP has encouraged veterinary professionals to continually re-evaluate preconceived notions of practice strategies with the goal of advancing the quality of feline medicine practiced. Launched in 2012, the Cat Friendly Practice (CFP) program was created to improve the treatment, handling and general health care provided to cats. Its objective is to equip veterinary practices, teams and individuals with the tools and resources necessary to reduce the stress associated with the visit and to raise the level of care provided to cats. Launched in 2020, the Cat Friendly certificate program now offers this training to individual veterinary professionals. Catfriendly.com, or Cat Friendly Homes, is AAFP’s educational resource for cat caregivers that is powered by feline vets and includes a monthly newsletter, The Cat Column.


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