Cornell University

The Last Walk: Caring for Companion Animals at the End of Life

Monday, April 29, 2013 at 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Schurman Hall, LH1

AAHA, Pet Loss Support Hotline, Student and Academic Services, and Block VIIb Present: "The Last Walk: Caring for Companion Animals at the End of Life"

Bioethicist Jessica Pierce, Ph.D., is the author of multiples books, including most recently The Last Walk: Reflections on Our Pets at the Ends of Their Lives (Chicago, 2012). Additional authored and co-authored books include: Wild Justice: The Moral Lives of Animals; Contemporary Bioethics: A Reader with Cases; The Ethics of Environmentally Responsible Health Care; and Morality Play: Case Studies in Ethics. She has served on the faculty of the University of Nebraska School of Medicine and the University of Colorado at Boulder.  On April 29th, she will be discussing the ethics of caring for our pets at the ends of their lives.  Using the relationship with her dog Ody as a guide, she will touch on topics such as animal death awareness, pain management, quality of life assessments, hospice care, and euthanasia. Throughout, she will draw connections between human medical ethics and animal end-of-life care. 

Dr. Pierce's work has been published in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and Scientific American Mind. She has appeared on numerous radio and television programs, including the Diane Rehm show, and writes a blog on animals at the end of life for Psychology Today.


Final Installment of AAHA's Law and Ethics Series

Dinner will be served!

Partially funded by the GPSAFC
Open to the Cornell Community

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College of Veterinary Medicine

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Katherine Bibi


Jessica Pierce, Ph.D.

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