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HSUS Approved Euthanasia Instructors

As a movement, we are now, thankfully, closer than ever to the day when euthanasia will be reserved only for animals who are suffering and whose quality of life cannot be improved upon through veterinary and humane behavioral interventions, or who are too aggressive to safely reside in our communities. Although the Humane Society of the United States does not provide direct euthanasia training, we do believe that when the difficult decision is made to euthanize an animal, it is critical to ensure it is performed as humanely as possible through euthanasia by injection (EBI) by trained personnel who utilize the most current recommended protocols and humane handling guidelines. The following individuals have been licensed to use the HSUS course curriculum on performing humane euthanasia, based on the HSUS’s Euthanasia Reference Manual. You can engage one of these instructors to host a training at your facility, or view a calendar of current trainings (scroll to the middle of the page and choose “Euthanasia” in the Tags dropdown menu) being taught by one of these instructors.

Currently, the University of Florida’s Online Graduate Program in Shelter Medicine is developing a humane euthanasia training program, which will be endorsed by the Humane Society of the United States.

Name Contact Info Organization Location
Dr. Cathy Anderson Adopt-A-Pet Fenton, Michigan
Shirene Cece, DVM Michigan Humane Society Bingham Falls, Michigan
Renee Harris, CVT Top2cats Consulting

San Diego, California;
teaches across the U.S.

Damon March Humane Society Management Services Reading, Pennsylvania
Christian Nash   Kentucky;
teaches across the U.S.
Dr. Karen Sheppard Huntsville Animal Services Huntsville, Alabama