Globe University-Green Bay to Host National Veterinary Technician Speaker

Area veterinary professionals are invited to attend our free continuing education event:

Dancing at “The Bridge”: A Kitchen Table Discussion of Love, Life and the Pursuit of a Good Death

Saturday, August 2, 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Continental breakfast will be included.

This event, sponsored by Globe University-Green Bay, for veterinary professionals offers 2.5 hours of continuing education credits. The nationally recognized speaker, Valarie Adams, CVT, who is with the Healing Heart Foundation, Inc., will present on this important, growing topic.

This workshop will cover:

  • Introduction to veterinary hospice and palliative care: completing the circle of care for companion animals
  • A look at a veterinary hospice team
  • Compassionate communication at end of life: tools for the veterinary professional
  • Introduction to the pet care liaison

RSVP required by 7/25/14

Registration is limited, so please RSVP today by fax: 920-264-1601, phone: 920-264-1611 or email.

What should participants bring?

Attendees should bring case studies or examples of difficult end-of-life care issues that they have been faced with and a “kitchen table discussion” will take place to help to provide ideas of how to handle situations in the future.


Call Jennie Wertel at 920-264-1653

About the speaker

Val Adams

Valarie Adams is a certified veterinary technician with over 40 years of experience working in veterinary medicine with the last 17 years in emergency/critical care (ECC) specialty. Her graduation from the Medical Institute of Minnesota was one of the first of the graduating classes in the field of veterinary technology. Valarie’s pioneering career as a technician provided her with a breadth and depth of different experiences relating to the Human Animal Bond (HAB) that a natural development of passion with this focus emerged.

Her journey to learn more about and eventually provide end of life care for pets and their families started over eight years ago, which also consisted of several years of research and learning from mentors in the field. Her passion and dream came to life in May 2008 when she created the Healing Heart Foundation, Inc. (HHFI), a 501c3 non-profit organization that supports programs and philosophies honoring the spirit of the Human Animal Bond. The first program, Healing Heart Pet Hospice Advocacy, is a program that provides guidance and resources for pet families facing imminent end of life of their pet. Healing Heart Pet Loss Partnership provides grief support groups for pet parents in Northeast Wisconsin and soon to offer support groups for pet parents experiencing the impending loss of a pet. Healing Heart Helping Pets Fund provides financial assistance for families in a hardship situation whose pet needs medical care.

Valarie has been very active in educating her colleagues, pet families and others who have a heartfelt interest in her endeavors through community lecturing for public awareness, writing articles for veterinary publications online and print, lecturing to veterinary teams throughout Wisconsin and veterinary students at the University of Wisconsin. Her lecturing has now expanded from various state conferences to being sought after for national and international conferences such as CVC, VECCS, AAHA and WVC. Most recently Valarie has co-written a chapter in the Veterinary Clinics of North America Volume 41 Number 3 May 2011 for Palliative Medicine and Hospice Care as well as chapters in Blackwell’s 5-Minute Practice Management.