The Blue Cross Pet Bereavement Support Service (PBSS) has launched a two-hour ‘Introduction to Pet Bereavement Support Skills’ e-learning short course.

The £35 course is aimed at veterinary surgeons, veterinary nurses, receptionists and practice managers who may be faced with difficult and sensitive conversations around pet loss with clients. It covers:

  • Empathy vs sympathy

  • Communicating with active listening skills

  • Open questions

  • Face-to-face emotional support, telephone support, email support and other written communication

  • How to support yourself, importance of self-care and useful contacts

The Blue Cross says that the new course complements its £280, eight-week 'Pet Bereavement Support' course for more in-depth training, and also its hourly webinars, which cost £20.

The eight-week course requires a minimum of three to four hours of study per week and counts towards 32 hours Continual Professional Development. 

For specific needs, the Blue Cross can also work with practices to provide bespoke face-to-face training across the UK, specifically tailored and delivered at the practice.

For more information, visit or call 01993 867216.

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