Monday, August 31, 2009

International Animal Hospice Symposium

Sanctuary champion, Healing Arts Institute instructor, and good friend, Dr. Tom Wilson, PhD, will be speaking at the upcoming three-day International Animal Hospice Symposium at UC Davis. We couldn't be more proud of our affiliation with such an extraordionary healer and visionary, shown here working with Ranger.

Tom is a certified Jin Shin Jyutsu(R) Practitioner and Self-Help Instructor, who maintains a private practice for humans and animals in the Energy Healing Arts of Acupressure, Jin Shin Jyutsu, CranioSacral, Polarity, Tui Na, Zen Shiatsu, Thai Massage, Reiki, & Somatic Emotional Experiencing in Nevada City, CA. He is a CranioSacral practitioner and teacher certified by the Heartwood Institute in Garberville, CA. He is a Reiki Master, certified by the Sai Reiki Center of Pune, India, and the co-creator of the Reiki Distance Healing Circle. Tom is the director of the Animal Acupressure Training Academy, Nevada City, California.
Further, Tom has broken through barriers with Chico, our epileptic Chihuahua who was once so nervous that the excitement of a visitor would trigger a seizure. Chico now interacts with visitors regularly and adores his Uncle Tom.

More on the Symposium (from

End-of-life care issues, now being hotly debated in relation to human health policy, are also of growing interest in veterinary medicine and will be addressed Sept. 5-7 at the University of California, Davis, during the International Symposium on Veterinary Hospice Care.

The symposium, coordinated by The Nikki Hospice Foundation for Pets and the Assisi International Animal Institute, is designed for veterinary professionals and students, grief counselors, animal shelter personnel and the general public. It will be held in the veterinary school's Gladys Valley Hall, northeast of the William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital.

Veterinary hospice care addresses the needs of people who want to care for their dying animals at home, under the guidance of veterinarians and a qualified, professional staff.

The three-day symposium will feature speakers from a variety of specialties discussing pet hospice and euthanasia, stages of dying, alternative therapies, pain management, the role of veterinary technicians and pet sitters in hospice care, and dealing with client grief.

Joining a panel to provide closing comments will be Donald Klingborg, associate dean for UC Davis Veterinary Extension who was previously in private veterinary practice.

An optional field trip to BrightHaven, a holistic animal sanctuary and pet hospice in Santa Rosa, will precede the symposium on Friday, Sept. 4.

Symposium information and registration are available online at .

Media contact(s):
* Kathryn Marocchino, Nikki Hospice Foundation for Pets, (707) 557-8595,
* Pat Bailey, UC Davis News Service, (530) 752-9843,

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