Recommended Nomenclature of Services for Animal End-of-Life Care
The purpose of this document is to clarify the terminology used in end-of-life veterinary care in order for consumers of veterinary services to be properly informed about the services they can expect to receive from veterinarians advertising these options.
I. MOTIVATION FOR CORRECT USE OF TERMINOLOGY ENCOMPASSING END-OF-LIFE SERVICES
All veterinarians engaging in end-of-life care should be informed as to why it is so crucial to apply terminology correctly when naming a business or service.
The GRACE Consortium advises veterinary professionals offering any type of end-of-life care for pets to clearly and properly declare which of the categories their services fall under.
II. CATEGORIES OF PROFESSIONAL END-OF-LIFE SERVICES IN ANIMAL CARE
The following table offers a quick comparison for easy categorization of services offered. The GRACE Consortium acknowledges that each of the services has its own inherent value.
A brief outline of select characteristics for each category of end-of-life services currently involving veterinarians can be found here:
[Download EOL categories]EOL categories short 2-28-18
III. STEPS TO TAKE
If a current business name or advertising of services does NOT comply with the terminology as outlined above, here are recommendations:
The GRACE Consortium asks veterinarians to adhere to these recommendations regarding nomenclature of services for animal end-of-life care to prevent misleading the public or being viewed as fraudulent.
Observance of proper terminology helps clients understand the service options available to them, ensures informed consent, fosters the overall welfare of patients, preserves the integrity of the term “hospice” and its associated body of knowledge, and thus assists in normalizing the dying process in society.