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When It Isn’t What We Would Choose: Managing Bias During End-of-Life Care

Event Date Apr 29, 2021 12:00 pm
Event End Date Apr 29, 2021 1:00 pm
Registration Start Date Mar 11, 2021
Capacity 100
Registered 0
Available place 100
Cut off date Apr 29, 2021 1:00 pm
Individual Price Free
Location Online
When It Isn’t What We Would Choose: Managing Bias During End-of-Life Care


End-of-life care is intertwined with many values, beliefs, resources, and relationships. When we support clients and their companion animals through the end-of-life process, we may be faced with situations that are contrary to our own closely held beliefs and experiences. This presents a two-fold challenge: how do we manage our personal biases during an intimate, emotional client interaction, and how do we cope with the moral stress of supporting clients even when we wouldn’t choose the same? This talk will include real-life examples of personal biases and moral stress, as well as practical techniques for managing these situations in practice. We will also discuss how to identify our “bias blind spots” and tips for coping with the moral stressors so that we can authentically support clients in a sustainable way.

This event is worth 1 CE credit.



Dr. Rebecca McComas

DVM, Practice Owner

Dr. Rebecca McComas is the founder of MN Pets. She’s been a vet for more than twenty years in MN and has practiced in emergency clinics, small animal hospitals and at the U of MN, teaching veterinary students.

Kristi Lehman


Kristi, MSW, LISW (Licensed Independent Social Worker) joined MN Pets in 2013. She uses her knowledge of the human-animal bond, pet loss, and organizational development to help clients and the MN Pets team navigate end-of-life situations.

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