AFTERCARE · October 3rd, 2018

A Resource Guide for End of Life Care

End of life (EOL) care encompasses palliative care, hospice, euthanasia, and grieving. The quality of EOL care is one of the most important components of long-term client loyalty. The Medical Advisory Board’s new Guide for End of Life Care is meant to increase awareness of resources that are currently available and stimulate practice leadership to prioritize staff training across all components of EOL care delivery.

Communication with the client early and often will facilitate the implementation of compassionate and empathetic care. Many clients are overwhelmed with the depth of emotions that make decision making difficult – especially when often there is not a clear answer for any given circumstance. Staff members need to be prepared to patiently act in a collaborative fashion to help guide clients during these difficult times. Veterinarians should use their medical skills to make sure the patient is as comfortable as possible and the client understands what the patient needs for a humane and well thought out last life stage.

Animal hospitals are well positioned to be the most important resource for pet owners and the NVA Medical Advisory Board (MAB) wants to help elevate EOL care at all practices, regardless of where the starting point may be. There is often a large time gap between when an animal reaches the final life stages and the most recent visit to the hospital. A good EOL care program will encourage more interaction in the later stages of life to begin the discussion well before the circumstances become grave.

To learn more, download our Resource Guide for End of Life Care.

You can also find the appendices to the document here.

Questions? Please reach out to the Medical Advisory Board at

The Medical Advisory Board

Special to NVA, our Medical Advisory Board functions as an expert board of veterinarians dedicated to improving the comfort and well being of patients by providing progressive veterinary care guidance.

Please reach out to them with questions or ideas on how they can help optimize your daily practice life. Email them at

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