Former human palliative care nurse Ali Samuels, with the help of veterinary surgeon Hilary O’Dair, has developed a new role, resource and accredited training course that can be used to help pet owners prepare, manage and adjust to the loss of their pet.

Staff who have successfully completed the course will be known as ALLY supporters

Loss may be through accidental death or euthanasia, being reluctantly given up, or if the animal is lost or stolen.

The standard four-day training course is aimed at staff working in veterinary practices (mainly receptionists and veterinary nurses), animal rescue and community support services.

Staff who have successfully completed the training course will be known as Ally (as in to unite) supporters.

A spokesman said Ally supporters working within veterinary practices can offer pet owners a service that, by focusing on early intervention and acknowledging that grief is a natural process, can greatly reduce the stress and anxiety for an owner.

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