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Katherine Goldberg



Katherine earned her DVM from Cornell in 2004, completed a rotating small animal internship and returned as an instructor in emergency/critical care in 2006. While in the ICU she developed an interest in the ethics of intensive care for animals, the impact of critical illness on family dynamics, as well as palliative medicine & hospice care.

She became a trained volunteer for Hospicare & Palliative Care Services of Tompkins County in Fall 2009, and founded her practice Whole Animal Veterinary Geriatrics & Hospice Services in 2010. Whole Animal is one of the few practices in the U.S. exclusively dedicated to this area of care that is not focused solely on mobile euthanasia services. She is currently a member of Hospicare’s Ethics Committee & is dedicated to exploring the connection between hospice services for people and animals.

Katherine has a courtesy lecturer appointment at Cornell and has quadrupled student exposure to end of life topics since 2012. She developed her course, “Gerontology, Hospice & Palliative Medicine for Veterinarians” for its inaugural offering in Spring of 2015. She is trained in the Serious Illness Communication Guide developed by the palliative medicine team at Harvard Medical School, and is currently pursuing her MSW at Syracuse University. At Syracuse, she is part of the team currently developing a certificate of advanced study in Human-Animal Interactions.

2015 VWSWS Presentations:

End of Life Ethics 
The Role of Social Workers Within Veterinary Grief and Bereavement
The Roles of Social Workers Within Veterinary Medicine

Contact Information

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