At this current time, we know of no other veterinarian in the world who possesses this unique combination of certifications and training to help your pets.
Dr. Shearer created curriculum for the Chi Institute for veterinarians to become Certified TCVM Palliative and End of Life Practitioners. She also was one of four IAAHPC Task Force members that created the Certified Hospice and Palliative Veterinarian Certification course.
She started the first Pet Hospice Center in the country in Columbus, Ohio in 2004. Her forward thinking has prompted national and international exposure through her lecturing and feature articles since that 2004 article in the Washington Post. She also has authored chapters on hospice care in veterinary textbooks and lectured at the First International Veterinary Hospice Symposium. She is the creator of the 5 Step Hospice Care Plan for Pets.
Palliative and pet hospice services have recently become more popular because of advancements in veterinary medicine that allow for better end-of-life care. The ability to manage pain and the side effects of disease is better than ever before.
- Palliative care is defined as providing comfort by treating the side effects of a disease.
- Pet hospice offers quality end of life care for pets that are terminally, chronically ill, or mobility challenged. As part of the hospice philosophy, emotional support is provided to help pet owners cope with an upcoming loss and to provide help after the pet passes away.