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Bringing the Conversation Out of the Shadows: Behavioral Euthanasia Considerations

May 7

4:00 pm PT

This talk is eligible for CEUs from: CCPDT, IAABC, KPA


If your professional role includes counseling pet owners through consideration of available intervention options for behavioral problems, it is inevitable that you will experience a situation in which the option of euthanasia is on the table for one reason or another. This is a complicated subject and it is important that the behavior consultant has a solid grasp on the factors that influence this conversation and its outcome across various circumstances.

Specific discussion topics will include: a discussion of risk assessment and safety, navigating the role of the pet in that specific household, quality of life and welfare considerations, the impact of guilt on caregiver decision making, as well as specific conversation strategies and client support resources.

Presented By:

Christopher Pachel, DVM, DACVB, CABC

Christopher Pachel, DVM, DACVB, CABC (he/him) received his veterinary degree from the University of Minnesota in 2002 and became board certified by the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists in 2010. He has operated both house-call and office-based behavior practices and is currently the owner and lead clinician at the Animal Behavior Clinic in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Pachel lectures regularly throughout the United States as well as internationally, teaches courses at multiple veterinary schools in the United States, and has authored several articles and book chapters on topics such as inter-cat aggression and pet selection for animal assisted therapy. He is a sought-after expert witness for legal cases involving animal behavior and is also a vice president of veterinary behavior, on the executive leadership team for Instinct Dog Behavior and Training, as well as co-owner of Instinct Portland, which was launched in the fall of 2020.