Dr. Kathleen Cooney is founder and owner of Home to Heaven, P.C., an in-home pet hospice and euthanasia specialty service based in northern Colorado. She employs 8 veterinarians with Home to Heaven and together, they help an average of 50 families per week. Dr. Cooney has developed numerous webinars and continuing education opportunities for veterinarians regarding the many facets of companion animal end-of-life care and is a published author on the topic. Her first book, In-home Pet Euthanasia Techniques, was completed in 2011. Dr. Cooney’s second book, Veterinary Euthanasia Techniques: A Practical Guide, was published by Wiley-Blackwell in July 2012. She is currently working on contributions to an animal hospice book due out in 2016.
Dr. Cooney is the president of the International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care (IAAHPC). For three years now, she has been the conference coordinator for the IAAHPC. She was also a member of the companion animal working group for the 2013 AVMA Euthanasia Guidelines Panel. Dr. Cooney holds two certifications in bereavement support from the Center for Loss and Life Transition. Due to her commitment of care for aging and dying pets, she received the 2011 Rising Star Veterinarian Award from the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association.