Courses of Study 2017-2018 
    Jun 18, 2019  
Courses of Study 2017-2018 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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VTMED 6747 - Current Topics in Serious Illness Care & Palliative Medicine

Spring. 0.5 credits. S/U grades only.

Enrollment limited to: fourth year veterinary students.

K. Goldberg.

How do veterinarians ethically and effectively engage with clients facing the challenges of aging & dying pets? How can veterinarians prepare for the issues surrounding prolongation of life versus purposeful ending of it? How do veterinarians understand biomedical ethics, aid-in-dying legislation, and the intersection of human & veterinary paradigms of “medicalized” death? How do veterinarians’ social location in terms of race, class, gender, sexuality, age, religion, and (dis)ability affect the way they view problems and solutions?
Course addresses these questions, current “state of the art” in end-of-life care for companion animals, and palliative medicine/hospice principles. Explores “family-centered, goal-directed” communication tools that new graduates will utilize in practice. Participants will be equipped to engage in discussions currently changing the face of both human and veterinary medicine.

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