June 01, 2010


 Pet loss alliance working with veterinarians

Posted May 18, 2010

Veterinarians were among the participants at the first annual meeting of the new Pet Loss Professionals Alliance, March 10-13 in San Antonio.

The attendees included owners and managers of pet funeral homes, cemeteries, and crematories; owners and managers of traditional funeral homes, cemeteries, and crematories that have added pet products and services; and veterinarians with an interest in pet loss services.

Dr. Jane R. Shaw, director of the Argus Institute at Colorado State University, conducted a workshop on her institute's mission of strengthening veterinarian-client communication and supporting relationships between pets and pet owners. Dr. Shaw joined Dr. Dawn M. Fradkin of Bergheim Pet Hospital & Clinic in Bergheim, Texas, and Sharon Gregory, executive secretary of the Veterinary Medical Association of Bexar County, Texas, for a roundtable discussion on how pet loss professionals can work with veterinarians to improve service to clients who have lost a pet.

The pet loss professionals who spoke at the meeting addressed standards for their industry, pet cremations, grief management, and new products.

The Pet Loss Professionals Alliance is a committee of the International Cemetery, Cremation, and Funeral Association. The alliance met in conjunction with the association's 2010 meeting.