New equine bereavement support course to help owners deal with loss and grief

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SUPPORT: Blue Cross pet charity is offering an equine bereavement support webinar as part of a range of courses for professionals in the pet industry. (FW14-533NN) PICTURE: courtesy of Steve Bardens

BLUE Cross pet charity is offering an equine bereavement support webinar as part of a range of courses for professionals in the pet industry, who are in contact with owners struggling to cope with the loss of a pet. The accredited, award-winning Continual Professional Development (CPD) training courses are available through e-learning and webinars – bespoke face to face sessions can also be arranged.

Diane James, Pet Bereavement Support Service Manager at Blue Cross, said: “We are excited to announce new training dates for our courses and webinars coming up this year. It is vital for anyone working with pet owners – from vets and vet nurses to groomers, pet sitters and dog walkers – to help them support their clients with the loss of their pet or making difficult end of life decisions. Whether through death or loss of a pet due to a relationship breakdown, theft or change in circumstances – many owners struggle to cope. These courses are designed to build confidence when facing a grieving owner and learn core techniques to support them.”

It is now a requirement of the RCVS Practice Scheme to have a fully trained pet bereavement expert in veterinary practices and Blue Cross courses have been accepted as meeting the RCVS Client Experience Standards.

WEBINAR

The equine bereavement support webinar covers:

Planning in advance

Quality of life

End-of-life options – where, when, how?

Coping with clients grief and guilt

Options following euthanasia

The course will run on May 22 and September 25.

The accredited Pet Bereavement Support CPD course (£280) is an eight-week e-learning course. Accredited by the NCFE, the course requires a minimum of three to four hours study per week and counts towards 32 hours CPD. The courses begin on May 5 and September 8 and are £280. This course is also offered for bespoke face to face training delivered locally.

The Introduction to Pet Bereavement Support course is a two-hour online CPD course (£35) is ideal for front of house and customer facing staff. This course can be completed at any time.

One hour CPD webinars (£20) are aimed at those who have regular contact with bereaved pet owners. They include an open forum to share experiences and hold discussions about bereavement. Webinars will take place May 1, July 17 and October 9. A new equine bereavement support course is now also available on 22 May and 25 September 2019.

For more information about any Pet Bereavement Support courses or to arrange a bespoke session, visit www.bluecross.org.uk or call 01993 867216 to find out more.

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