Jun. 15th, 2016

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Today applications opened up for the first-ever certification program for Veterinary Hospice and Palliative Care. While hospice has been a recognized field for a few years, this past year the International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care met, brainstormed, and came up with a curriculum for what they (we) believe vets should know and provide in order to consider themselves official, recognized hospice practitioners.

And the result is a year-long, 115-CE-hour program that will cover everything from end-of-life communications to advanced pain management to peer-reviewed case studies to euthanasia techniques. And at the end of this, if participants pass a test, we get to put some extra letters next to our name and be recognized as Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Veterinarians. Leaders in our field, extra-trained and special at what we do.

In particular, if we make it into this round, we get to be the World's First CHPVs.

I just spent the last hour revising my resume, filling out the application, hunting down and scanning in my license, and trying to decide whether a decent cell-phone selfie counts as a "passport-sized photo" for official purposes. And then I threw all that out into the ether and now I get to wait.

There's no reason for me not to be accepted. I meet the application requirements (licensed vet for 3+ years, member in good standing of the IAAHPC). My money spends as well as anyone's.

But... I really want this. Aside from the letters, aside from the distinction, I want to *know* these things. I want to be good at what I do. I want to learn.

I do not want to wait.

I had forgotten how obnoxious waiting for acceptance/rejection letters was....

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