Dr. Katherine Goldberg founded Whole Animal with a mission to provide home-based, bond-centered veterinary care with a focus on geriatric support and hospice services. It is Dr. Goldberg’s belief that our relationships with animals are particularly poignant during end of life care. Her belief in the importance of whole body care rather than symptom-specific treatment is an underlying philosophy of the entire practice.

The Ithaca Journal sat down with Dr. Goldberg for a chat about her work and the future of veterinary hospice and palliative care. This audio file is about 40 minutes long, and addresses issues such as:

What is hospice & palliative care for pets?

Is it anything new, or has this care been around for a while?

How does hospice & palliative care fit in with general veterinary care?

What is the future of hospice & palliative care within the academic veterinary community?

How does hospice care reflect upon the changing relationships with our pets, as well as the economic reality of the veterinary profession?

How can palliative medicine help to mitigate communication challenges between veterinarians and clients at the end of life?

to listen to the interview.

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Bark magazine has published Dr. Goldberg’s story “Saying Goodbye”, a piece about palliative care featuring Whole Animal patient Stryker, and his family. This exposure within mainstream media is a huge leap forward for veterinary palliative care in general, as well as Whole Animal and the Ithaca community specifically. Click Here to read the story.

Tripawds, the support community for amputee pets, is exploring veterinary hospice this week! Dr. Goldberg’s guest blog is online now,and she will be interviewed on Saturday. Click here to read the blog, learn more, and admire the Tripawds online forum.

Interest is brewing in the development of veterinary hospice within the academic community!

Click here to read this excellent overview of the development of the Veterinary Society for Hospice & Palliative Care, and its founders’ goals.

Ithaca’s own Dr. Goldberg has launched the Veterinary Society for Hospice & Palliative Care with her close friend & colleague, Dr. Page Yaxley of Michigan State University. This is the only professional veterinary organization dedicated to the advancement of hospice & palliative care, and is laying the groundwork for recognition as a boarded veterinary specialty. Dr. Goldberg is proud to have her hospice roots in Ithaca, home of the first residential hospice facility in NY state for people, Hospicare & Palliative Care Services of Tompkins County. Compassionate, progressive end-of-life care is far-reaching in this community, for both people & pets!
To read the press release for the Veterinary Society for Hospice & Palliative Care, click here.

veterinary care, animal hospice care, geriatric pet support,Because they have special needs! Whole Animal is proud to be the only veterinary practice in our region exclusively dedicated to this unique time in our pets lives.

Meet Jessica, one of our poster dogs for geriatric care: Jessica is 15 years young, & living well, thanks to her dedicated family and comprehensive in-home care with Whole Animal. Like many geriatric dogs, she has some mobility issues from osteoarthritis as well as minor neurologic impairment in her hind limbs, and some kidney dysfunction. Fortunately, she doesn’t seem to mind, with her integrative pain management plan, including medications & physical therapy, as well as good nutrition and a plan to manage mild cognitive dysfunction.