After almost a decade of clinical palliative care service delivery, Whole Animal is transitioning to a primary focus on consultation, education, and mental health support. We are not taking new veterinary patients at this time; however, the information below may help to clarify your goals and preferences and assist you in sharing them with your family veterinarian.
What is palliative care?
Palliative care, which may be provided at any time over the course of an illness, is a growing medical specialty that provides expert pain and symptom relief as well as emotional support and help navigating the healthcare system for patients and families.
Palliative care is not solely for elderly patients; pediatric palliative care is an essential discipline within human medicine.
What is veterinary palliative care?
Palliative care as a distinct area within veterinary practice is still emerging. Principles and philosophy of care are identical to those in human medicine. Veterinarians who are currently providing exemplary palliative care include: oncologists, anesthesiologists/pain specialists, sports medicine & rehabilitation veterinarians, credentialed integrative care providers (such as certified veterinary acupuncturists), and those focused on geriatric care. Social workers and other mental health professionals are also important members of palliative care teams.
Palliative Care Resources:
Human Palliative Care Organizations:
- American Academy of Hospice & Palliative Medicine
- Center to Advance Palliative Care
- Hospice & Palliative Nurses Association
- Palliative Doctors
Veterinary & Animal-Related Organizations